SOASTA Teams Up with CloudBees to Provide Streamlined Solution for Mobile Testing & Continuous Cloud Delivery
CLOUD CONNECT, Calif. April 2, 2013 - SOASTA® , Inc ., the leader in cloud and mobile testing , and CloudBees, Inc. , the Java Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation leader, today announced a new partnership and the release of SOASTA's new Jenkins open source plugin that enables mobile app developers to build, test and instantly deploy applications in the cloud.
The new Jenkins plugin is SOASTA's first open source plugin. It is the only fully-integrated solution to enable continuous integration for mobile development utilizing real mobile devices. Kohsuke Kawaguchi, CloudBees architect and creator of Jenkins, optimized the plugin for Jenkins. It has also been tested and verified on the CloudBees Platform. With the new plugin, mobile developers can shorten the test cycle and eliminate all manual tasks in the testing process. Developers obtain the SOASTA plugin directly from within Jenkins and can learn about it.
"I appreciate SOASTA's open-sourcing their Jenkins plugin and collaborating with the Jenkins community," said Kawaguchi. "SOASTA brings the product expertise and the Jenkins community brings their Jenkins expertise. When we collaborate, it's a win for everyone. We look forward to seeing more companies follow the same path." Users of the over 50,000 Jenkins implementations can immediately use the new Jenkins plugin with SOASTA's TouchTest to test apps they build and deploy on the CloudBees Platform.
With SOASTA's Jenkins plugin, mobile developers fully automate mobile functional testing, eliminating manual steps that can take from several minutes to many days to complete. The Jenkins plugin automatically makes apps testable, wakes up and reboots devices, installs the app on them and runs SOASTA's TouchTest-automated test cases. This adds mobile app functional tests to the automated build process, eliminating manual tests for regression and user experience, resulting in faster builds and time-to-market.
"Mobile testing is usually on the critical path for organizations delivering mobile websites and mobile apps," according to Gartner . "Mobile testing is significantly different from PC testing because of platform diversity, the ever-changing landscape of devices and the fact that some testing tools such as emulators don't offer the same level of test fidelity as a real device."
"SOASTA and CloudBees offered something I've hoped for, but wasn't sure anyone could deliver," said Will Pannel, Mobile Consultant, Media Agility. "After seeing a demo of the solution, I set up working prototype using SOASTA's free product and the CloudBees Platform. My client is now ready to roll out a fully-automated iOS and Android delivery framework."
In the mobile testing market, the ability to quickly deploy frequent updates is crucial. Together, CloudBees and SOASTA enable mobile developers to leverage Continuous Cloud Delivery, a complete development, testing and deployment solution, to speed up the development cycle. With Continuous Cloud Delivery, developers are able to deploy updates instantly, as soon as the code has been tested and approved.
"SOASTA has been an innovative mobile partner with us," said Andrew Lee, vice president of business development, CloudBees. "Now developers can use one, integrated environment to quickly develop, perform on-device testing and instantly deploy updates. We're taking Continuous Cloud Delivery and matching the pace of modern, mobile application development."
"SOASTA is focused on helping enterprises deliver the highest quality user experience while keeping pace with rapid mobile app development," said Tom Lounibos, SOASTA CEO. "CloudBees leads the charge in Continuous Cloud Delivery with the widely accepted Jenkins at the core. Through working with the Jenkins Community and the CloudBees team, we are pleased to offer another 'first' - continuous mobile app testing in the cloud."
A full demonstration of the SOASTA and CloudBees solution will be covered in a joint webinar on April 10, 2013 at 10:00a.m. PDT .
SOASTA is a leader in cloud and mobile testing. Its web and mobile test automation solution, CloudTest, enables developers, QA professionals and IT operations teams to test with unprecedented speed, scale and precision. The innovative product set streamlines test creation, automates provisioning and execution, and distills analytics to deliver actionable intelligence faster. With SOASTA, companies can have confidence that their applications will perform as designed, even in peak traffic. SOASTA's customers include many of today's most successful brands including American Girl, Chegg, Gilt Groupe, Hallmark, Intuit, Microsoft and Netflix. SOASTA is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. For more information about SOASTA, please visit www.soasta.com .
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CloudBees (cloudbees.com ) provides a Java Platform as a Service that enables Continuous Cloud Delivery (CCD), accelerating the development and deployment of web and mobile applications. With CCD, development teams can quickly deploy applications and make frequent incremental updates to them. By eliminating the friction caused by provisioning, maintaining and administering complex hardware and software infrastructure, CloudBees allows developers to do what they do best: develop cool applications. The CloudBees Platform provides a set of services, instantly activated with a click, that allow developers to rapidly build and run new business applications with zero IT administrative overhead. CloudBees serves the needs of a wide range of businesses from small startups that need to quickly create new on-line businesses, to large IT organizations that need to rapidly respond to dynamic market opportunities. Follow CloudBees on Twitter (@CloudBees) and on Facebook. You can also try CloudBees for free .
Backed by Matrix Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners, CloudBees was founded in 2010 by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey and an elite team of middleware and open source technology professionals.
 Source: Gartner Report: "Seven Best Practices for Optimizing Mobile Testing Efforts", by Nick Jones, Feb. 27, 2013