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Mu Dynamics has pushed the integration of its Blitz application testing product onto multiple platforms including Heroku, AppHarbor, Acquia, and CloudFlare in an attempt to gain wider developer uptake. The integration has incorporated Mu's cloud-based load and performance testing technology, with a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) layer, a Content Management System (CMS), as well as web security and performance offerings.

The concept, on paper, is simple: App developers should be able to test the performance of cloud applications without leaving the workflow of their PaaS, CMS, or web management applications. Mu says that Blitz is specifically for the "fast-paced application" development market and has now been fully integrated into the PaaS providers most commonly used by application developers.

In related and more recent news, Mu also announced that Blitz has been integrated with the Atlassian development tool Bamboo, a Continuous Integration (CI) server. Atlassian has made Blitz available on its Plugin exchange.

According to Mu Dynamics, "Integrating Blitz and leveraging its cloud-based application load and performance service empowers Bamboo app developers to quickly and affordably identify the performance of their applications in real-time during the entire development and deployment process. This continuous performance management offered by the integration of Blitz and Bamboo guarantees app developers a better user experience for their customers."

By being incorporated into the Atlassian Bamboo CI server, Blitz now enables Bamboo developers to load and performance test their applications as a part of the continuous development and deployment process. Tests can be run the moment changes are checked in, ensuring those changes don't degrade performance. This seems to be emerging as an industry-wide best-practice approach to cloud app testing.

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