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What is Akamai CloudTest?

Soasta's CloudTest rapidly builds realistic test scenarios using real user data, then tests, analyzes and repairs faster. CloudTest's visual test environment and real-time analytics test your website, mobile app and api backend to give you a streaming view of all your performance data while tests run from back-end systems to front end performance.

Akamai CloudTest was previously known as SOASTA CloudTest.

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Rajbir Singh
Director - DevOps and Infrastructure at INTIGRAL
Real User
Helps to cater to on-demand capacity and load and is easy to use
Pros and Cons
  • "The level of support is quite good and the integration is also very flexible."
  • "Akamai cloud test integration into our current CI/CD pipelines (i.e.) identify and resolve the issues during the sprint phase which helps in delivering an absolute product and reduces time to market/release."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is to do performance testing and load testing to determine which applications we release on the market to end-users. Before they go to the production environment, we perform a couple of tests to determine the threshold or maximum capacity our backend can handle. So we look at the capacity of our infrastructure and see if our backend can expand, how much it expands, where it goes, how it scales and if it impacts the response time. We can test all these features using Akamai CloudTest.

How has it helped my organization?

Since we run a lot of marketing campaigns on our products, we don't have the exact user capacity requirements. After running the load test we can determine the capacity our backend can handle. Based on that, we can make sure that our infrastructure is optimized. It helps us to cater to on-demand capacity and load, which helps to keep in mind the response time or the performance of applications for the end-users. We don't move it during peak hours, because our response time in applications become slower and unresponsive, or they simply behave differently. 

What is most valuable?

Akamai Cloud Test provides detailed analysis during load and performance testing which helps in determining different components of our platforms and external integrations with other vendors needs optimization (i.e.) it highlights exact API call with request, response, error, TTFB to identify root cause of failure which in turn helps in improving time to resolution and prioritize change requests.

What needs improvement?

Akamai cloud test integration into our current CI/CD pipelines (i.e.) identify and resolve the issues during the sprint phase which helps in delivering an absolute product and reduces time to market/release.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Akamai CloudTest for about a year now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I would say the solution is stable because we don't use it every day. We only use it when we have a load test or when we have new versions of applications going out. The stability depends upon how the integration and setup are done. For every new release and every new change, a few things need to be tweaked but it is not something very complex.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We looked at a couple of other applications like Apache JMeter, Gatling, and a few other low-cost open-sourced applications, but with those applications, you need to have a complete setup or complete integration in the backend. The scalability becomes a problem and that is why we didn't choose them. These solutions also didn't give us a real user experience and parameter tweaking with open-source was not possible. With Akamai CloudTest all of this is quite easy and possible to perform.

How was the initial setup?

The level of support is quite good and the integration is also very flexible because the solution has modules of integration and you can use their public cloud and you can integrate the backend. The initial setup was not very complex as it is based on the niche. 

What other advice do I have?

It all depends on what you're looking for, but this solution is exactly what we need for performance testing and load testing of this. We never have to panic during campaigns, because I usually don't know what's going to be the response. Thanks to the testing that can be done beforehand, I know what to expect from other vendors. This is the response time I expect from them. My rating for Akamai CloudTest is, therefore, nine out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Test Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Scalable and stable, but the solution needs a user-friendly test clip

What is most valuable?

The agents on the cloud have been extremely valuable for us.

What needs improvement?

The test clip should be more user-friendly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable. For the field test, we have over 1,000 users. As of right now, we don't plan to increase usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

Out of five, I would rate the technical support of the solution at two or three. Sometimes it's a challenge because we face delays.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did previously use a different…

What is most valuable?

The agents on the cloud have been extremely valuable for us.

What needs improvement?

The test clip should be more user-friendly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable. For the field test, we have over 1,000 users. As of right now, we don't plan to increase usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

Out of five, I would rate the technical support of the solution at two or three. Sometimes it's a challenge because we face delays.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did previously use a different solution. It was the client's decision to switch to Akamai Cloudtest.

How was the initial setup?

I wouldn't say the setup is straightforward. I would say more it's between straightforward and complex. To circumvent due diligence security issues, we were forced to use a more extensive sort to record test clip. That's the only challenge we faced.

What other advice do I have?

We use the public cloud version of the solution.

I would rate this solution six out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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Senior Quality Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
It is able to generate load multiple geographies and has dynamic ramp-up to many levels of virtual users.
Pros and Cons
  • "This is an awesome performance testing tool for web based applications, able to generate load multiple geographies, dynamic ramp-up to any levels of virtual users."
  • "It's a manual process to whitelist respective internal IPs in coordination with web operations team to access Soasta. Availability of any standardized tool from Soasta will make setup process easy."

What is most valuable?

Soasta CloudTest is an integral part of our performance testing strategy and key in generating load across geography.

This is an awesome performance testing tool for web based applications, able to generate load multiple geographies, dynamic ramp-up to any levels of virtual users.

How has it helped my organization?

Before moving to Soasta CloudTest, we had a performance testing tool deployed on-premise environment. Other than high licensing cost, this tool has limitation in simulating real user experience to generate load in different geographies, hence, reliable performance test results. 

Soasta CloudTest has added flexility in performance testing plan, achieving at low cost.

What needs improvement?

One of the challenges with Soasta is availability and quick access to their technical support documentation and on-call support. Hence, it was a challenge to acquire knowledge during tool adoption stage. Soasta CloudTest is a cloud hosted tool, hence, initial setup would need whitelisting to access on-premise application under test. 

It's a manual process to whitelist respective internal IPs in coordination with web operations team to access Soasta. Availability of any standardized tool from Soasta will make setup process easy.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We've had no issues with deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've had no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've had no issues with scalability.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Running cost is very low.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ITCS user
Sr Analyst - Quality Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
The cloud load agents integrate with AWS.

What is most valuable?

Cloud load agents on-demand integration with AWS

How has it helped my organization?

The cloud-based load test is a realistic load test.

What needs improvement?

The UI gets stuck sometimes; pulling huge load test data takes time and the UI often gets stuck.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for 3+ years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We sometimes encounter stability issues, but they are not severe.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We sometimes encounter scalability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Customer service is great; quick to act on everything. Technical Support: Technical support is 8/10.

What is most valuable?

  • Cloud load agents on-demand integration with AWS

How has it helped my organization?

The cloud-based load test is a realistic load test.

What needs improvement?

The UI gets stuck sometimes; pulling huge load test data takes time and the UI often gets stuck.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for 3+ years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We sometimes encounter stability issues, but they are not severe.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We sometimes encounter scalability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Customer service is great; quick to act on everything.

Technical Support:

Technical support is 8/10.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ITCS user
QA Engineer at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
Vendor
It's intuitive to build performance test.

What is most valuable?

I have only used CloudTest and I consider it a very powerful tool.

How has it helped my organization?

I haven’t used it outside the CloudTest training. It is an option for Performance testing taken into consideration by my company.

What needs improvement?

I couldn't say, as I haven't used it outside the training or applied it to any project yet.

For how long have I used the solution?

The solution was easy to set-up and much more easy and intuitive to build performance tests. Also, in my opinion, scaling the grid was easier to set-up than JMeter, for example.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

The solution was easy to set-up and much more easy and intuitive to build performance tests.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In my opinion, scaling the grid was easier to set-up than Jmeter, for example.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We haven't had any issues with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

I had a strong support during training. The trainer had a very strong lecture about the product, making it easier to use and to understand the core features.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The solution used by my employer was JMeter, mainly because it is open-sourced and a lot of engineers already used it or know how to use it. I found CloudTest to be a solid alternative with a more intuitive design. Use of Amazon cloud is also a strong-point as I see more and more products using the cloud. I sure hope to have the change of using CloudTest more often on one of my projects.

How was the initial setup?

Considering that I have worked in VM environments for quite some time now, setting up was fairly straightforward and easy. Once the VM setup is in place, the rest of the setup is a piece of cake.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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