If you’ve been paying attention to our press releases for the past few
months, you’ve no doubt seen that we’ve been partnering with some of the
leaders in web, mobile, and cloud services. We’re thrilled to bring our
performance monitoring and load testing tools to a growing number of cloud
and application environments to improve the end-user experience.
So in the spirit of camaraderie, we’d like to take a moment to welcome some
of the newest members of the Apica ecosystem.
HP Cloud. Just this morning, Apica joined in the HP Cloud partner ecosystem,
providing HP Cloud Services customers with the ability to optimize web and
mobile applications launched in the HP public cloud. Apica helps
professionals basing their company’s infrastructure in the HP public cloud
with the ability to analyze end-user behavior and identify the root cause of
performance issues, drastically... (more)
I’ve written before about how capacity planning and load testing tools can
help companies prepare for a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, but
we’ve begun to see a new class of attacks emerge, called Advanced
Persistent Threats (APT), whose aim is much more sinister than a slow
response time or “page not found” error.
What is an Advanced Persistent Threat?
The intentions behind APT are all about espionage — not just
state-sponsored espionage but also extensive and well-organized industrial
espionage. APT is not about any particular technology or technique. The
actual a... (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)
Creating highly targeted load tests for your web server doesn’t have to be
complicated. And it won’t be, at least not if you know what to look for.
The secret is to approach a load test with the mind of a developer. You’re
not going to run a test just to punish your web server. You’re trying to
gather valuable data that will aid you in keeping your web applications fast
and responsive. To do this, let’s look at two simple steps to create a
scientifically sound load test.
1. To plan your test, think like a user.
The first step is to outline exactly what type of web experience you’re... (more)
Could you imagine NASA sending a rocket into space without testing it first?
What about a racing team putting a brand new car on the track without taking
it for a few laps to test the handling and stability? It seems to me that
testing is inherent in every technical field — except for website
development that is.
Too often we see websites where it’s clear that design was the main
priority, while testing the site’s functionality and user experience was
just an afterthought. What you’re left with is a great looking website that
feels like it is being sent over the Internet via car... (more)