At the end of 2012, Apica conducted a massive load test for an election
campaign organization. It was the largest load test we ever conducted,
surpassing the two million virtual user mark we set earlier that year. The
load test clocked in at over 200,000 requests per second for an entire hour.
To put this in context, roughly 23,000 Google searches occurred every second
at the time.
At the end of 2013, we blew our own record out of the water. After being
contracted to conduct a load test for a well known government, we reached
over 620,000 requests per second with over 1 million concurrent users.
Here’s what the web transaction rate chart looked like for a 30-second
620.555 REQ/SEC NEW RECORD
And here’s what the test looked like 5 minutes and 44 seconds in:
All of us at Apica are very excited. We’ve increased our ability to handle
traffic by ... (more)
On Monday, Amazon Web Services — the leading provider of cloud services —
suffered an outage, and as a result, a long list of well-known and popular
websites went dark. According to Amazon’s Service Health Dashboard, the
outage started out as degraded performance of a small number of Elastic Bloc
Store (EBS) storage units in the US-EAST-1 Region, then evolved to include
problems with the Relational Database Service and Elastic Beanstalk as well.
WEBSITE DOWN: AWS outage takes down Reddit and other popular sites
The only surprising thing about this AWS outage was that anyone was sur... (more)
Wednesday, October 9, we will be on site in Washington DC as a Gold Sponsor
at Akamai Edge 2013 Customer Conference. Take this opportunity to meet and
listen to key members from the industry providing valuable tips and advice.
What is going on in the cloud? Mobile, media, and security? And not the
least: How do I move forward in this rapidly changing environment,
identifying the revenue opportunities that utilize a high performance cloud
infrastructure? Interested to find out how Apica can help you? Look us up at
Read more about the event here
In the past few weeks, I’ve had several conversations about the
announcement that Kaazing and Apica are teaming up to deliver performance
monitoring for HTML5 WebSocket. I’ve found that many people are still
largely unfamiliar with the HTML5 WebSocket standard, so I want to offer a
clear explanation of how powerful the technology is, why it will quickly
become the new standard for interactive web applications, and the challenges
it presents in performance monitoring.
WebSocket is important
Similar to HTTP, the WebSocket standard is two parts. One part is the W3C’s
HTML5 WebSock... (more)
While all eyes were on Tampa, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. these last two weeks
for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, we had our eyes, and
monitors, on Twitter to see if and how these events impacted Twitter’s
As is the case with most big news events today, people took to Twitter in a
big way for real-time information and broke some records in the process.
After the Republican National Convention (RNC) concluded last week, Twitter
reported that 4 million tweets were sent out in total about the RNC.
Following the conclusion of President Obama’s s... (more)