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Testing Performance Is Key to Cloud Success
Denise Culver | Research Analyst
As more and more applications move into the cloud, enterprises must ensure that those clouds are rigorously tested for performance.

More than features, ease of use or support, the key factor in choosing a cloud provider today is how well it has been tested for performance.
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Performance Monitoring Proves Key for Cloud Services
As increasing numbers of applications are moved into the cloud, the need for cloud-based performance testing becomes more evident, and more companies are forced to acknowledge the reality that ensuring the quality of their cloud services is a vital move. Nevertheless, the move to cloud-based applications creates several quality challenges.

Further advancements in service virtualization will look to address these challenges by emulating the behavior of dependent applications in the form of third-party services, mainframes and databases that are challenging to access or configure for testing purposes. Utilizing these types of testing scenarios will enable faster, more thorough and more accurate testing of cloud-based applications.

In order to understand the performance of an application, it will become more critical to have broad and deep visibility into the health of all the components that make up an application. The success of developing such visibility will depend largely on collective intelligence, which occurs when shared or group intelligence is created from the collaboration of numerous individuals some of which work in concert with one another and others of which are in competition with one another to create consensus-based decisions. As more companies that employ cloud-based services turn to vendors for performance testing solutions, this type of collective intelligence will be an important feed into analytics engines to provide an industry baseline, as well as anomalies that can be folded into models.

There is no question that performance testing is a vital part of the development life cycle, and that is a very real factor when developing cloud services. There are too many examples that exist that illustrate the loss of revenue that occurs when proper testing is not done early in the development cycle. It not only results in poor response time of applications, but significant losses in revenue.

As the cloud becomes more prolific in the marketplace and more vendors turn to it to take advantage of its many benefits, cloud testing vendors have a responsibility to educate them about the benefits of proper testing, as well as the types of testing that will work best given the processes that are being developed.

Performance Monitoring Proves Key for Cloud Services examines the cloud performance testing market, analyzing features that are most predominantly used in solutions found in the marketplace today, as well as features that will likely gain traction over the next two years. It also discusses drivers and challenges in the industry and includes a comparative analysis of solutions available on the market. Finally, it examines the geographic landscape of the market and details trends that are likely to occur in the industry over the next 18-24 months.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
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As shown in the excerpt below, scalability will be the strongest driver in the cloud testing market over the next two years. With the increase in data services, especially in the mobile environment, the volume of data generated by the average mobile service provider increases by about 30 percent per year. Being able to capture and process this data and then extract and present the required information emulating service and application behavior in real time within a cloud-based environment is a major challenge for all test and measurement (T&M) vendors.
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Companies analyzed in this report include: Compuware Corp. (Nasdaq: CPWR); Empirix Inc.; JDS Uniphase Corp. (Nasdaq: JDSU); Monitis, a division of GFI Software Ltd.; Neotys Inc.; and Soasta Inc.
Total pages: 17
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Disaster Recovery Hits the Cloud, Finds Silver Lining
This report examines the cloud-based disaster recovery market, analyzing the drivers and features that will most likely be implemented over the next two years. It includes a comparative analysis of available solutions, examines the geographic landscape of the market and details trends that we anticipate over the next 18-24 months.
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Application-Aware Networking: The Carrier Perspective
This report examines the concept of application-aware networking (AAN), specifically from the carrier's point of view. It covers current trends and issues in the market, including application performance challenges and the shift to AAN. Finally, the report provides status reports on 11 prominent carriers in the market.
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Smart Data Monetization: Operator Strategies Take Shape
This report analyzes the role policy management will play in network operator data monetization efforts. It examines the potential for policy management to serve as a cooperative platform for network and IT departments to collaborate. It includes results from an exclusive Heavy Reading survey of network operators regarding their deployment strategies regarding policy management and charging.
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Caroline Chappell
Caroline writes the Services Software Insider research newsletter, addressing the latest developments telecom service delivery technology.
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Denise Culver
Denise is the author of IP Services Insider. She has more than ten years' experience in technology journalism.
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Tim Kridel
Tim writes for both Mobile Networks Insider and Cable Industry Insider. He has previously covered the wireless and cable industries for a number of research firms, including Heavy Reading.
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