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Last February on a business trip to London, I had a typical day that included several calls back to the U.S. and India. Instead of using my mobile phone or an expensive hotel landline to make the calls, I decided to use my Skype account. Although (at times) not the greatest quality, this web service has proven to save a lot of money on my overseas calls. However, on this particular day when I attempted to log into Skype I experienced some technical issues that would not allow me to access my account. When I finally went to Skype's web site to see if there was a problem, I found the following message: "Some of you may be having problems logging into Skype. Our engineering team has determined that it's a software issue. We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours" -Skype web site on Feb. 18, 2008 Twelve-24 hours to fix the problem! Now that has to be the defin... (more)

SOASTA's 10,000 Hours in the Cloud

SOASTA at Cloud Expo “Practice makes perfect” is an adage heard by everyone from budding pianists to ambitious athletes. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell focuses on exceptional people who don’t fit into our normal definition of achievers. A common theme in explaining the successes of these individuals is the “10,000 Hour Rule.” Gladwell’s theory suggests that high performance is, in large part, the result of putting in an enormous amount of time, and that it takes about 10,000 hours to gain the experience necessary to achieve greatness. The rule, according to Gladwell, ap... (more)

Unlocking the Gridlock of Testing from the Cloud

When we started SOASTA it became obvious early on that the requirements for load and performance testing fit the key characteristics of cloud computing: a variable need for scalable compute resources measured in hours, not months or years.  Amazon EC2 was the first to provide a platform that dramatically changed the cost equation for these resources and delivered an elastic API to automate deployment.  As a result, SOASTA was an early adopter of Amazon’s API to reduce the effort of provisioning servers. That experience has proven invaluable as we’ve grown the company.  As an app... (more)

SOASTA Reveals Five Technology Predictions for 2014

It's been a great 2013. Out of the global $1.2 trillion dollars' worth of business conducted online in 2013 across the globe, SOASTA is trusted with protecting 10% of that figure - or $150 billion. Based on the hundreds of brands SOASTA worked with this year and listened to the challenges they face, there are five predictions that are pretty clear as we look ahead to 2014. Hint: Simplify, the User Experience, and M-commerce will be buzz words for successful enterprises and e-commerce vendors. The Top 5 Predictions for 2014 are: Acquisitions vs Innovation Drive Legacy Tech Compan... (more)

Why I Joined SOASTA By @JamesUrquhart | @DevOpsSummit #CloudTest #DevOps #Containers #Microservices

Why I Joined the Digital Performance Management Opportunity By James Urquhart This week, I joined SOASTA as Senior Vice President of Performance Analytics. Given my background in cloud computing and distributed systems operations — you may have read my blogs on CNET or GigaOm — this may surprise you, but I want to explain why this is the perfect time to take on this opportunity with this team. In fact, that’s probably the best way to break this down. To explain why I’d leave the world of infrastructure and code for the world of data and analytics, let’s explore the timing, the op... (more)