Media News - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
In an effort to ensure that its site — www.london2012.com — can juggle traffic from an estimated 1 billion people over the three short weeks of the games, the London Olympics Organizing Committee turned to SOASTA, a Mountain View, California, company that uses cloud services such as Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure to drive traffic to websites and other online applications inside the world’s businesses. The company’s engineers spent six months working with the committee to simulate traffic not only to the Olympics website, but also across the many mobile apps that tie into it. The result, SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos says, is that the London Olympics website is probably better tested than any other Olympics site in the web’s short history. “In the past, to do the kind of testing we did with the Olympics Committee, you had to spend weeks setting up hundreds — if not thousands — of servers, and you would have spent millions of dollars just trying to do one test. With cloud testing, you can simulate 100,000 users within a few minutes. You can get the data from those tests in a matter of minutes. And you can do it for a fraction of the cost.” says Lounibos. (Wired)
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