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I just got off the phone with SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos, with whom I had an interesting conversation about some hot issues in cloud computing (at least to the degree they relate to SOASTA’s load-testing business). Regarding availability, Lounibos quelled any concerns that SOASTA’s tests might overwhelm already-stressed cloud platforms. Because of its partnerships with most leading cloud providers (now including Rackspace) and the fact that it schedule large tests in advance, he said, SOASTA has not had any problems finding enough servers. We also talked about mobile apps, to which SOASTA recently has opened its load-testing service. Lounibos noted that Apple might be more concerned with app performance than are developers, because Apple ends up taking the blame for slow apps even though it has nothing to do with them.