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SOASTA Announces Availability of Azure Performance Certification Program for Cloud Readiness

Windows Azure customers are seeking optimal performance from their applications on our platform, and Microsoft supports this goal with solutions to assure they have the information necessary to achieve it

SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, today announced the availability of the Azure Performance Certification Program designed to enable Microsoft customers deploying on the Windows Azure Platform to certify that their web applications meet or exceed industry performance benchmarks at peak levels of user traffic.

Validating performance on any platform is critical to ensure users are delivered the best possible experience. Moving to a cloud-based platform presents new opportunities and new challenges, and companies are still learning how to optimize performance. Moving an existing or cloud-enabled version of an application to the Windows Azure platform requires full-scale performance certification to reduce the risk of application or configuration bottlenecks.

“Windows Azure customers are seeking optimal performance from their applications on our platform, and Microsoft supports this goal with solutions to assure they have the information necessary to achieve it,” said Kim Akers, general manager for global partners at Microsoft Corp. “The Azure Performance Certification Program leverages SOASTA’s cloud testing technology to validate our customers’ performance.”

Azure Performance Certification confirms that web applications will reliably scale to traffic levels of up to millions of users, and are measured against Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as response times and error rates. In addition, as part of the certification process, SOASTA and Microsoft deliver valuable analysis and recommendations to help companies improve the overall performance and responsiveness of their web applications.

“Our GreenButton™ plugins offer supercomputing capabilities on the Windows Azure Platform enabling our customers to build high-scale, processing-intensive applications for up to hundreds of thousands of users,” said Scott Houston, CEO of Intergrid and founder of the GreenButtontm. “SOASTA’s Azure Certification Program confirms the speed and scale of our projects running on Azure, delivering confidence to our clients.”

Azure Performance Certification uses SOASTA CloudTest™ and experienced staff of Performance Engineers to provide an affordable end-to-end analysis of web application performance at normal and peak usage levels. Certified sites receive a comprehensive report of their KPIs compared to collective industry performance benchmarks.

“Performance matters to Microsoft, and this new program underscores the importance of being prepared for true web-scale workloads,” said Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA. “CloudTest runs on the Windows Azure platform, and we are pleased to help Microsoft’s customers validate their Azure-readiness with our cloud-based service.”

Starting at $5000 for tests up to 10,000 web users, Certifications are all-inclusive engagements delivered in as little as a few days. SOASTA and Microsoft collaborate with the customer to define common use cases, and then simulate those scenarios at any scale required to assure production success. Certifications include all test development, cloud-based computing resources, test software and trained Performance Engineers who execute the tests and deliver the final certification documents.

For more information or to sign up for Azure Certification, please visit: http://www.soasta.com/download/azure-certification.html

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.

About InterGrid
Founded in July 2006, InterGrid have pioneered distributed cloud computing solutions and created the GreenButton™ for simplified, on-demand access. The GreenButton plugin sits as middleware between desktop applications and the Windows Azure platform. Having previously built and run their own Supercomputing platform, they now use Windows Azure exclusively to deliver their global service. InterGrid has offices in New Zealand and the USA.

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