SOASTA Teams with CA Technologies to Deliver a New Level of Performance Intelligence

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Leader in Cloud Testing Provides Customers with a Unified View of Application Performance with Integration to CA Application Performance Management

SOASTA's ability to test performance with thousands of virtual users combined with the transaction performance data delivered by CA APM enables users to better understand the health of their environment and the reasons for any performance issues

SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, today announced it has enhanced the actionable information delivered through SOASTA CloudTest® by integrating with the detailed transaction performance analysis provided by CA Technologies’ Application Performance Management (APM) solution, a key component of the CA Service Assurance portfolio.

When executing and analyzing performance and load tests, development and operations teams often need to manually combine and correlate data from disparate sources displayed in multiple dashboards. This can be a time-consuming and error-prone process that may miss key metrics, resulting in higher costs and an incomplete picture. Integrating the rich load and performance results gathered by CloudTest with the system resource and transaction-level visibility provided by CA APM helps eliminate these issues. The integration leverages SOASTA’s real-time, streaming analytics engine to provide the Performance Intelligence designed to quickly pinpoint the source of problems during cloud testing.

CA APM enables root-cause analysis, making it possible to detect application performance issues, such as latency and bottlenecks anywhere in the transaction path, including transactions that span multiple platforms. SOASTA CloudTest generates an accurate simulation of traffic hitting a web application, capturing and analyzing key performance metrics while the test is running. The combination provides customers a correlated, end-to-end view of application performance on a single timeline, displayed in real-time, streaming charts and cross tabs.

“SOASTA’s ability to test performance with thousands of virtual users combined with the transaction performance data delivered by CA APM enables users to better understand the health of their environment and the reasons for any performance issues,” said Cliff Meltzer, corporate senior vice president and general manager, Service Assurance business unit, CA Technologies. “Seeing the combined, correlated information in a real-time, easy-to-use and easy-to-understand interface enables our joint customers to deliver a better end user experience.”

Data that CA APM collects is captured using SOASTA’s extraction layer and displayed in the CloudTest Analytics dashboards. The information is presented using the familiar CA APM data hierarchy to perform fast, ad-hoc analysis across the various metrics. Metrics from both products are displayed in modifiable widgets on a customizable dashboard, and any of the charts can be dynamically combined or correlated into multi-dimensional views. These combined views can show the relationship between different metrics over time, or be correlated to illustrate the potential impact of one metric on another. For example, a chart can portray how CPU utilization changes relative to average response time when increasing the number of virtual users hitting the target web site.

"With the addition of the ability to receive CA APM monitoring and alerting information, SOASTA will further strengthen the capabilities of CloudTest Analytics, providing testers with deep application visibility on a single timeline,” said Tom Lounibos, CEO, SOASTA. “CA APM technology complements SOASTA CloudTest and will help testers by giving them an integrated view to quickly find and fix performance problems, no matter what the cause.”

About SOASTA
SOASTA’s mission is to ensure that today’s websites and applications are highly reliable and scalable. The company’s product, SOASTA CloudTest®, delivers performance intelligence by capturing data about all the elements that impact a website and immediately turning it into actionable information. Leveraging a unique, real-time analytic engine built exclusively for testing web and mobile applications, SOASTA CloudTest enables quality assurance and development teams to test and monitor their websites under both typical and extreme traffic conditions, at an affordable price. SOASTA CloudTest is available on-demand or as an appliance. SOASTA is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information about SOASTA, please visit http://www.soasta.com.

©SOASTA, Inc. 2010. SOASTA, SOASTA CloudTest, and SOASTA CloudTest On-Demand, are trademarks or registered trademarks of SOASTA, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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