Embarcadero Technologies, Inc., a provider of application and database life cycle management solutions, unveiled Embarcadero Extreme Test, a next- generation, goals-based performance testing solution for enterprise systems. Through its timesaving features, innovative approach to test creation and open, standards-based architecture, Extreme Test enhances application integrity and gives IT professionals greater confidence in deploying and upgrading applications throughout the enterprise. The introduction of Extreme Test represents an important move by Embarcadero to bring an enterprise performance testing and management solution to its loyal following of database tools users throughout the Fortune 500.

Embarcadero Extreme Test uses a goals-based approach to performance testing, allowing performance managers and quality assurance (QA) professionals to not only test the load on a given application, but also to set thresholds and parameters on the test to ensure that the outcome meets all defined requirements. This ability dramatically accelerates the testing process as tests can be aborted once thresholds are exceeded. In addition, Extreme Test’s user model editor helps to automatically create more realistic user scenarios, which in turn, help to generate more accurate and meaningful test results.

Leveraging the Extreme Test repository, performance managers and QA professionals can perform detailed historical analysis of test procedures and results, improving processes and helping to make better scenario-based predictions of system performance. This analysis can lead to significant cost savings for the organization through prevention of performance downtime and outages, as well as identification of underutilized resources that may render investment in additional IT infrastructure unnecessary. And all Extreme Test functionality can be leveraged through a single, user-friendly interface.

Database, application, and system performance and availability have become critical factors directly affecting a company’s bottom line. Enterprises are facing increased pressure to deliver enhanced performance for business processes, which is intensified by the growth in data and the increased complexity of application architectures. IT organizations are also seeing an increase in the number of applications that they are required to manage, tighter budgets, and demands for increasing levels of customer service. Embarcadero Extreme Test helps the enterprise address these issues through a single tool by verifying application availability and performance, reducing system stress, identifying underutilized resources and, ultimately, helping to avoid performance downtime and system outages.

Extreme Test’s standards-based J2EE-compliant architecture, ease-of-use, and universal workbench for testing, analyzing, and reporting make it ideal for ensuring the performance of applications running in heterogeneous enterprise environments. It increases the customer’s ability to confidently handle complex tasks by predicting application stability, generating realistic database tests, and safeguarding large-scale installations. Extreme Test is also compatible with Windows, Linux, UNIX and legacy platforms.

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