Strangeloop Networks Inc.

Strangeloop Networks Inc.
The Application Performance Index (Apdex)

The Application Performance Index (Apdex)
Macro 4

Macro 4

April 21, 2008 09:01 ET

Strangeloop Networks Inc.: Apdex Alliance Welcomes Two New Global Members

Strangeloop Networks and Macro 4 Join Group, Deriving Benefits from Apdex Reporting

PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - The Application Performance Index (Apdex) Alliance today announced that two new global companies, Strangeloop Networks™ Inc., and Macro 4 have joined the group, as contributing members. The Alliance, comprised of nine industry-leading companies and over 800 performance practitioners worldwide, was formed as an open movement to ensure Apdex, an index that measures user satisfaction with the performance of enterprise applications, provides high value to organizations.

Apdex Alliance executive director Peter Sevcik, says, "We are very pleased to extend the alliance internationally with new members in Canada and the UK. Strangeloop brings Apdex reporting to the growing community of Microsoft ASP.NET applications, while Macro 4 is a leading measurement vendor of application performance management solutions. These vendors will expand the availability of Apdex reporting to new markets."

"The Apdex Alliance gives IT managers valuable insight into the strengths and potential weaknesses of their IT infrastructure, allowing them to more easily remedy issues and more closely align their investments based on their business objectives," said Sevcik. "Strangeloop Networks and Macro 4 are innovative global organizations and contribute to the power of our Alliance. Their enterprise customers soon will be able to realize the benefits of aligning IT and business objectives using the Apdex performance index."

Strangeloop Networks' AS1000 Application Scaling Appliance was designed to accelerate dynamic web applications developed with Microsoft ASP.NET by putting application data traffic at line speed through a series of caching and acceleration techniques, optimizing data handling in real-time. This in turn significantly improves the performance and scalability of the application without changes to hardware coding or software infrastructure. Strangeloop's AS1000 appliance includes performance analysis capabilities to allow network managers to monitor the web application performance from the browser perspective. Apdex reports will enhance this user-centric performance monitoring in Strangeloop's AS1000 appliance.

"The AS1000 has had tremendous success in accelerating and scaling web applications for Microsoft's ASP.NET framework through its heuristic caching and payload reduction features," said Jonathan Bixby, chief executive officer of Strangeloop. "With the Apdex reporting features in the Strangeloop appliance, network managers can now easily see if their web applications are meeting the expectations of their users. As the Apdex reports show satisfaction levels on per web task or web page, network managers can more easily spot and rectify potential bottlenecks, ultimately giving users a better experience, while providing clearer ROI results to management."

"Macro 4's participation in the Apdex alliance, and the addition of Apdex reporting to our products, will allow us to deliver much better visibility of real end-user experience to our customers. As a company, we put our users at the heart of what we do; Apdex will help our customers to do the same," said Alan Ackers, Product Manager, Application Performance Solutions at Macro 4.

Alliance members include: Akamai, Gomez, Juniper Networks, Keynote Systems, Macro 4, NetForecast, Packeteer, Strangeloop, and WildPackets.

About The Apdex Alliance

The Apdex Alliance is a group of companies collaborating to define and promote an application performance metric called Apdex, a numerical measure of user satisfaction with the performance of enterprise applications, and reflects the effectiveness of IT investments in contributing to business objectives. Founded in 2004 by Peter Sevcik of NetForecast, Apdex is available to any organization seeking insight into their IT investments. Visit www.Apdex.org for more information.

About Strangeloop Networks

The Strangeloop Networks products accelerate dynamic web applications with unique, framework-specific solutions that require minimal changes to software coding and hardware infrastructure, freeing developers to focus on providing enterprises with value-added features. With the Strangeloop AS1000 Application Scaling Appliance for Microsoft ASP.NET and AJAX and the Strangeloop WS1000 Web Services Accelerator, enterprises dramatically shorten code cycles, improve application performance and throughput, more efficiently use bandwidth, achieve greater return on their investment in information technology (IT) staff, network and computing resources and boost customer satisfaction. Strangeloop is based in Vancouver, B.C. For more information, visit www.strangeloopnetworks.com.

About Macro 4

For over 40 years, Macro 4 has been a leading independent developer of solutions to enhance organizations' staff productivity and customer service, and for saving operational costs. A key focus for the company is in Application Performance Management and it offers solutions for both mainframe and distributed platforms. Designed for composite, multi-platform applications, the Application Performance Portal (A.P.P.) will be the first of the company's solutions to offer Apdex reporting. For more information, visit http://www.macro4.com.

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