Many of the applications we all use every day leverage a number of 3rd party solutions via application programming interfaces, or, as they’re more commonly known, APIs. The steady transition from monolithic application architectures to distributed microservices has played a big role in the explosion of APIs. Once relegated to back-office processing, today API calls are mission-critical, enabling development teams to truly focus on the core differentiation for their application while leveraging state-of-the-art external services for everything else. The API economy is alive and well. And with the explosive growth of API usage, it has now become essential to ensure your API performance is up to snuff.
Cloud Performance Hit of Meltdown and How to Address it in Five (Easy) Steps
2018 has started with a bang. Just a few days into the new year, the entire tech industry worldwide was hit by the news of widespread security vulnerabilities – appropriately named Meltdown and Spectre – and the related patches that had to be deployed to mitigate the vulnerabilities.
Software testing is a very complex exercise, and a lot depends on the specific situation and on the application being tested. It’s an art more than a science, and usually comprises of a variety of areas, including functional testing, compatibility testing, performance testing, regression testing, unit testing, etc.
But in general, there are high level assessments you can do to see whether your testing tool is holding you back rather than propelling you forward. The following are a few tell-tale warning signs that it’s time to start evaluating other testing solutions.
The data are in! Black Friday and Cyber Monday – or Cyber Friday as we referred to in a previous post – have broken online shopping records for this year. Data from National Retail federation, Adobe Cyber week report and other sources are shown below. Here are some of the most noteworthy data:
The Hood to Coast relay is an overnight, long distance relay race held in Oregon every year. It has been dubbed “the mother of all relays” for a reason – it’s one of the longest and largest relays, covering more than 200 miles from Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood to Seaside on the Oregon Coast. I’m a passionate runner, so Hood-to-Coast, being one of the most iconic races around, has been on my bucket list for some time.
Recently we came across a great analysis of the performance testing market and how it’s getting disrupted by the increasing demand for continuous testing. We’re grateful to Nancy Gohring and 451 Research for covering this topic, and we were honored to be mentioned in the article (full version here) as one of the innovative forces in performance testing – woot woot!
One of my favorite events in the tech industry is the O’Reilly-organized Velocity Conference in Santa Clara. Covering all things Web Perf and DevOps, Velocity is definitely a must-attend event for all serious web performance professionals.
It was great to be there with the Nouvola team, we were really excited to have a booth and to showcase our newest technology, client performance testing. With client performance testing, one has the ability to test real browser experiences and gather browser performance metrics on a global scale, as well as emulate different network conditions. Our client performance testing offering is a great complement to our best-of-breed mobile, web and API performance testing, and we are extremely excited about the incredibly positive feedback we received.
The tech world is changing at lightspeed and everybody is wondering what will matter most in 2016 in tech. In this post, Nouvola CEO Paola Moretto shares her views on some of the key trends to watch for in web performance, DevOps, performance testing solutions and IoT this year.
This Thanksgiving we witnessed yet another round of spectacular crashes among online retailers. Neiman Marcus had a retailer's worst nightmare: the Neiman Marcus site crashed on Black Friday and did not recover for the whole day. Cyber Monday saw major crashes impact Target, Victoria's Secret, NewEgg and even PayPal. And these are only the big ones that made the press.
Clearly these performance failures were not what these companies had in mind: either they underestimated the impact large traffic surges would have on overall performance, made some last minute software changes that had unintended consequences, or just experienced a lot more online traffic than anticipated.
As you have probably noticed, this October we launched our completely redesigned website, right before AWS re:Invent. We’re excited about the new site for a lot of reasons – but perhaps the most important is that it’s reflective of the evolution of the Nouvola brand.