Segue Software is First to Provide the Capability to Load Test Wireless Applications

  • Written By: P. Hayes
  • Published On: April 18 2000



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Event Summary

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 28, 2000-- Segue Software, Inc., (NASDAQ: SEGU - news), the leader in e-business reliability solutions, announced that the current version of its flagship product, SilkPerformer, supports scalability testing of Wireless Applications Protocol (WAP) enabled applications. Prior to a wireless application's deployment, SilkPerformer tests the technical viability of critical Internet-based communications to mobile devices including mobile phones, handheld organizers, and pagers.

Market Impact

On March 1st 1999 Segue software released version 3.5 of its load testing software package SilkPerformer. Version 3.5.1 supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, POP3, SMTP, CORBA (IIOP), LDAP, TCP/IP and now WAP. WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) is a wireless market industry standard introduced by Ericsson, Nokia, and Phone.com. SilkPerformer allows an administrator to simulate multiple unique IP users sessions and analyze the performance results. The product has been aimed at the e-business market, but with the addition of load testing for wireless devices, we believe Segue Software has the stage set to further its utilitarian hold on e-business.

With the anticipated explosion of wireless devices there is a definite need for WAP load testing software. Segue Software is the first through the gate with a proven load test product, enhanced to support WAP, giving Segue Software a jump start on wireless utility software companies such as Compuware, Mercury Interactive, and Rational Software. While we don't believe Segue Software will monopolize the Wireless load testing market, we do believe they will have a strong foothold and remain among the top three vendors in the space .

User Recommendations

With financial institutions and wireless service providers rushing to wireless, some of the testing has been sub-par, leading to frustrated wireless users complaining about the speed of wireless access to either the Internet or directly to a brokerage account. This, in part, is due to the current wireless speed limitation of 19.2 Kbps, almost a third of the speed of a typical Internet user's home modem. And to make matters a little stickier, the majority of wireless vendors are in a rush to get the product out the door, ensuring at times that testing for the effects of ample load volume, passes by the wayside.

We believe that a Wireless Access Protocol load tester is definitely needed for load testing of wireless applications prior to rollout, and currently Segue Software is the only software solution to perform this task. If you are implementing a Wireless Access Protocol enabled server, make sure you adequately test the wireless load on the device prior to a full-fledged rollout.

 

 
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