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New virtual currency stymies Christmas traffic torrent

Brian Karlovsky | Dec. 10, 2013
Australian shoppers are predicted to spend about $42.1 billion in the pre-Christmas sales

Software firm Borland have launched a new virtual currency to help e-tailers test peak-load ahead of the Christmas traffic onslaught.

Australian shoppers are predicted to spend about $42.1 billion in the pre-Christmas sales and businesses need to guarantee their mobile and web applications will perform well under pressure.

In response, Borland, a Micro Focus company has launched Borland Credits -- a new virtual currency that can be used to purchase Silk Performer CloudBurst testing services.

The pre-paid model delivers application performance testing without the need for hardware assets, helping users to significantly reduce testing costs and complexity, quickly and efficiently.

According to global research, conducted by Vanson Bourne, 50 per cent of CIOs across Australia and New Zealand are aware of the events that drive peak-traffic loads, but do not simulate website performance with heavy load testing to see if they can handle the increased pressure.

That's despite knowing that even minor delays to website response times can have a sizable impact on customer satisfaction, page views, conversion rates and site abandonment. Jeff Findlay, Borland Architect of APAC at Micro Focus, said, with the Christmas holidays just around the corner, businesses needed absolute confidence that their high-quality applications would perform well under pressure and handle peak loads.

However, managing and emulating hundreds of thousands of realistic end-users, from multiple regions, in order to load test an application can be time-consuming, complex and costly. "We've created Borland Credits to offer businesses a forward-thinking and flexible way in which to get more from the cloud," he said

"Users will have easy access to our Silk Performer CloudBurst testing services -- from anywhere in the world -- without the need for unnecessary, costly infrastructure, which often sits around collecting virtual dust until it is needed.

"We're giving our customers better control over their testing expenditure, with the ability to ensure their applications run at optimum levels, wherever they may be." Users can choose between several packages, without being locked into to a specific subscription plan or paying any service fees.

These include Cloud infrastructure, where you can rent unlimited cloud infrastructure by the hour, to execute a load test; unlimited virtual end-user licenses, where users can pay per virtual end-user within a 24-hour period, depending on the application type under test and spanning test periods where you can purchase a 24-hour testing period model, which enables a load test to be tailored, run, analysed and re-run multiple times without an additional charge. Before any load test is conducted, Silk Performer CloudBurst will display an estimate of how many credits will be used and on completion of a test, and will calculate the number of credits to debit from the account to help users budget accordingly. Through the new billing model system users will also be notified by email, 24-hours in advance of when a load test agent is about to automatically close and will receive Virtual User Price Protection, so that if an application doesn't scale to meet the loads anticipated, they will only pay for what they have used.

 

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