Scapa Technologies Launches HTTP Load Testing Product for IBM WebSphere and Eclipse

Scapa StressTest-Express Certified for IBM WebSphere Studio

EDINBURGH, UK-December 8, 2003-Scapa Technologies, a supplier of innovative load and stress testing solutions for commercial software systems, today announced the forthcoming release of Scapa StressTest-Express, an affordable and highly intuitive load testing tool that analyzes the scalability, reliability and performance of web applications. Scapa StressTest-Express, based on the Eclipse platform, is designed to ensure a low-risk approach to building dynamic websites and establishing e-business systems. Scapa StressTest-Express provides a high level of integration and interoperability with the IBM* WebSphere Studio* and has been validated through the Ready for IBM WebSphere Studio* validation program. Scapa Technologies is an Advanced level member of IBM's PartnerWorld* for Developers.

As with IBM's WebSphere-Express product family, Scapa StressTest-Express is a low-cost, easy-to-use product that is designed, built and priced to enable small- to medium-sized companies to launch their e-business implementations confidently and ensure their investment in web application technology as their businesses grow.

"We are pleased that Scapa Technologies has selected IBM WebSphere software as the foundation for their Scapa StressTest - Express," said Bob Sutor, director of WebSphere Software. IBM WebSphere software is specifically designed to enable partner tools and solutions to provide core capabilities within the WebSphere development life cycle.

Tony Lock, Chief Analyst at Bloor Research commented, "Performance testing and the measuring of end-user response times play a significant role in system performance management, an issue that we recognize is becoming increasingly important to companies within the SMB market space."

Through its leadership of Hyades, a project for the Eclipse universal tools platform, Scapa Technologies has been instrumental in developing and facilitating test, trace and performance tools interfaces. Hyades is included in the WebSphere Studio infrastructure via its implementation on the Eclipse platform. "The release of Scapa StressTest-Express underlines our commitment to developing products that meet the objective of the Hyades Project and the more encompassing Eclipse eco-system," said Dr. Michael Norman, chief executive officer of Scapa Technologies Limited.

Scapa Technologies leverages the sophistication of its existing, market-leading load and stress testing technology to HTTP environments at a price that is attractive to all organizations, most of all, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) deploying business-critical, web-based applications and technology.

About Scapa StressTest-Express Scapa StressTest-Express captures, generates and simulates user activity and behavior to ensure the performance of web applications before deployment and monitors it on an on-going basis. Key features of Scapa StressTest-Express include: * Integration with IBM WebSphere-Express and Eclipse platforms: Scapa StressTest-Express is the first commercial testing tool to emerge from the Eclipse Hyades Project that sets the standards for test, trace and performance tooling. * Unique test replay capabilities: Scapa StressTest-Express allows the user to dynamically control load and visualize test results through the graphical user interface (GUI).

* Realistic test creation and replay: Scapa StressTest-Express allows real-world e-business processes to be recreated and repeated. * Predefined tests: Historic test data can be automatically replayed at the touch of a button. * Real-time performance monitoring: Scapa StressTest-Express can be used to continually confirm the value and assess the performance of web applications and e-business systems as a whole. * Full test results data available for analysis: Scapa StressTest-Express facilitates export of test results to third-party reporting tools.

Pricing and Availability Scapa StressTest-Express is competitively priced at $1,750 USD per web developer for an unlimited number of simulated users and will be available in 30 days via electronic delivery from Scapa Technologies' resellers, Programmer's Paradise, and Grey Matter, For more information on Scapa StressTest-Express resellers, visit the Scapa Technologies website at

About Scapa Technologies Founded in 1998, Scapa Technologies develops specialist load and stress testing solutions that shorten implementation cycles, ensure effective project delivery and monitor system performance post-implementation. The Scapa StressTest platform provides simple and effective test development and execution facilities, that allow the implementation of cost-effective load testing programs that deliver real value. Scapa StressTest offers a refreshing alternative to established, expensive, difficult-to-use load testing technology, and its industry position is reflected in Scapa Technologies' leading role in the Eclipse Hyades project (, which is implementing an industry-wide test integration framework around open standards. Scapa Technologies is headquartered in Edinburgh, in the United Kingdom, with a North American sales office in New York, NY.