Bookending its April launch of CloudPort, the industry’s first cloud simulation offering, Crosscheck Networks, Inc. today established a new benchmark in enterprise-class SOAP-, XML- and REST-based services testing – in the cloud – with the immediate availability of SOAPSonar 6.0.
For businesses and governments alike, services are the foundation of an ever-increasing percentage of today’s mission-critical, high transaction-intensive organizations. Financial services firms, for example, rely on services to drive their real-time trading systems.
As such, real-world, intensive testing of these services – ensuring that hundreds to thousands of users can conduct transactions concurrently and without issues – is required. Difficult to accomplish in any environment, this becomes especially challenging when deploying in the cloud.
Empowering enterprises with the ability to test their services across multiple cloud providers including Amazon EC2, OpSource Cloud, GoGrid and Rackspace, the new capabilities in SOAPSonar enables organizations to:

  • Emulate a virtually unlimited number of concurrent users – eliminating the need to purchase cost-prohibitive testing hardware
  • Leverage a pay-as-you-go model – performance and scalability testing gear does not stay idle until the project requires its use, as is the case with current offerings
  • Achieve real-world scenario testing with demographically disparate loading agents – SOAPSonar takes into account the geography of cloud providers and where their data centers are located
  • View the service “performance profile” for each cloud provider – SOAPSonar aggregates info from agents into a single, unified console

“Akin to when Web site testing was required to ensure that site scalability/performance matched increased traffic, enterprises are currently experiencing a sharp rise in the demand for services that scale to a large number of both internal and external users,” said Mamoon Yunus, CEO of Crosscheck Networks. “This is being driven by the desire to improve efficiencies within/across corporate boundaries and integrate portal experiences that allow access to information across multiple lines of business/partners.”
Yunus continued: “And with the sharp increase in services being hosted in the cloud, it’s imperative that organizations fully optimize those deployments. With SOAPSonar and CloudPort, Crosscheck Networks now provides an efficient, cost-effective, closed-loop mechanism for modeling enterprise cloud migration strategies and risks.”
An integral component of Crosscheck Networks’ holistic services lifecycle product suite, SOAPSonar provides modes for functional, multi-client performance, compliance and security testing of SOAP-, XML- and REST-based services. SOAPSonar offers enterprises the unique ability to test functional and performance characteristics of unlimited-sized services attachments via streaming of structured and unstructured data based on industry standards such as MTOM and MIME.
Matching customer demand, Crosscheck Networks has introduced a distributed loading architecture for testing services under high loads. With new, built-in cloud computing extensions, SOAPSonar can leverage cloud scale for testing services with virtually unlimited concurrent users, transactions sizes, and throughput testing scenarios. Aggregated, unified and simple-to-read scalability results are displayed on the SOAPSonar console, regardless of the location of the loading agents provides a rapid window into the performance and scalability characteristics of the services being tested. Other notable features in SOAPSonar 6.0 include: FIPS 140-2 Certified Algorithms; full conformance to OASIS SAML 2.0 token generation; and HP Quality Center Request/Response publishing.
Pricing and Availability
SOAPSonar 6.0 is available immediately to customers. Existing clients can upgrade to this latest version directly within the product interface. Deployment models include floating and instance-based licensing as well as subscription or perpetual pricing. Pricing starts at $799.