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.
Performance testing used to be an optional aspect for most applications — something you did at the end, if you had time and you really cared. Now, it’s a must. User expectations today are much more sophisticated (you compete not only within your industry; your app is compared with everything else users experience online), and software is becoming more complex, with many third-party components deployed over cloud infrastructure. And this is not limited to the performance of your app. Your development process needs to be fast and agile to guarantee a faster time to market and rapid response to customers’ needs.
Continuous Deployment and Continuous Integration are methodologies used by many companies these days for their software development lifecycle. It allows for quicker, more agile responses to customer needs and faster product improvements. A key factor in achieving these goals is automation. Most of the steps in the development lifecycle can be automated, and this includes testing. In fact, continuous integration and continuous deployment would not be possible without continuous testing. And testing, of course, means not just functional testing but also performance testing. After all, what good would it be to push out more frequent functional improvements only to have them throttle performance?
Nouvola today announced that it has become an Advanced Technology Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN). The Advanced designation is the highest level an APN Technology Partner can achieve, and it underscores Nouvola's ongoing commitment to serving AWS customers by providing proactive performance and load testing for their web, mobile, and API applications.
In case you missed the news, we recently announced a new integration with AWS CodePipeline to help developers, DevOps professionals and engineering managers release faster code, faster.
AWS selected Nouvola as an essential DevOps tool for developers. We are in great company, joining a group of best-of-breed DevOps solutions like Github and Jenkins, and we're proud that our vision of real-world ready turnkey performance testing is now available on AWS CodePipeline. For more details, see AWS CodePipeline’s short list of Product Integrations and the official press release.
Did you know that 52% of the Fortune 500 companies have disappeared in the past 15 years? Why? Life expectancy for the enterprise is getting shorter. In 1955 the average life expectancy was 75 years. In 2015 is 15 years. Why these changes? Because the world has evolved and transformation happens at a much faster speed than 50 years ago or even 20 years ago. And if enterprises don’t adapt, they simply vanish.
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!
Join Nouvola, AWS, Microsoft, Google, HPE, VMWare and Chef at the (IC3) Sep 27 in Seattle. Now in its 3rd year, IC3 continues to be the place to learn how DevOps and cloud computing have changed enterprise IT for developers, IT managers and their organizations. IC3 is for enterprise IT executives, software developers and their staffs who want to accelerate adoption of cloud and DevOps.
Change your mindset to change to DevOps
The IC3 conference is always a good opportunity to keep up with the latest in the IT and DevOps world. This year’s Fall event was set in San Jose, in the heart of the Silicon Valley, and attracted a great crowd eager to learn more about cloud solutions, and also to share tips and stories.
The conference’s Executive Track focused on how to create high-performing teams, and on the role of IT and DevOps.
“High-performing IT” (and how to get there) was also the title and the topic of the panel moderated by Bernard Golden, a true expert in cloud computing. I had the privilege of joining him, alongside Asya Kamsky (MongoDB), Mallika Iyer (Pivotal), and Thomas Goepel (HP). The following is a recap of some of the key points and takeaways from our discussion.
The IT Cloud Computing Conference (aka IC3) is taking place Nov. 9th-10th in San Jose, CA. With tech leaders like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce in attendance, IC3 will attract 300+ software developers and IT professionals who will be benefitting from training to help accelerate software delivery, automate IT in the cloud and make their organizations more nimble.
In case you’re still on the fence, here’s a quick recap of why IC3 is the cloud conference to attend: