Cloud self-service start-up BlazeMeter raises $1.2M

Bambi Francisco Roizen · December 6, 2011 · Short URL:

YL Ventures leads round in self-service start-up focused on load testing and QA

The load testing business sounds as sexy as manufacturing sewer tops. But they have one thing in common: They're essential if you want to keep traffic up and running. Think Twitter going down every so often, in the old days.  

Tel Aviv-based BlazeMeter, a start-up founded this past February that offers load-testing and QA capabilities for developers in a self-serve environment, announced Tuesday that it's raised $1.2 million in new funding from YL Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture firm founded by Yoav Leitersdorf.

"We provide a load-testing cloud service," said Alon Girmonsky, CEO and founder, in an interview with me (at 2:30 am Israeli time). "We provide self-service tools for the developer to do everything on their own." 

BlazeMeter, which currently has 100 paying customers ranging from small to large enterprises - many of whom are in North America - claims to be the first load and performance-testing service in the cloud. Today, if you're a company seeking to test performance and scalability under a particular workload you might choose solutions available come from companies such as HP, IBM and other performance-only vendors like SOASTA and Keynote

But these services can be 10 times more expensive than the BlazeMeter solution, said Girmonsky. BlazeMeter offers a pay-as-you-go payment model. It charges $8 per server hour, with one server handling 300 users. The reason BlaZeMeter can be more affordable is because it's leveraging the JMeter, an open-sourced automation tool, said Gimonsky.

The load-testing and QA market is fairly large already, but Girmonsky expects it to get bigger. At the moment, IDC estimates that the automated software quality (ASQ) market will reach $2.6 billion by 2014.

But this number seems undercounted, said Gimonsky, who hopes that its self-service solution will open up load testing to a whole new crop of developers in large, as well as small shops.

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Bambi Francisco Roizen

Founder and CEO of Vator, a media and research firm for entrepreneurs and investors; Managing Director of Vator Health Fund; Co-Founder of Invent Health; Author and award-winning journalist.

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BlazeMeter is a self-service, web and mobile load testing platform (PaaS) providing developers an enterprise grade, out-of-the-box load testing solution. 100% compatible with Apache JMeter™. Start testing in under five minutes.
BlazeMeter significantly simplifies the load testing process for web and mobile applications by providing developers easy integration into their native development environment, realistic user simulation, advanced scripting capabilities, unlimited on-demand load testing capacity, comprehensive, interactive real-time reporting, sophisticated result analysis and geographically distributed testing across 8 different locations. Users can easily run multiple load tests, quickly locating and fixing performance bottlenecks.
BlazeMeter provides a free plugin to JMetera Drupal modulea WordPress plugina Jenkins CI plugin and full integrations with TeamCity (JetBrains), CloudBees and New Relic for simplified load testing.
BlazeMeter has over 6,000 users including banks, government agencies, retail sites, newspapers, online gaming companies, media streaming companies, SaaS companies and hundreds of start-ups. For more information please visit, subscribe to the JMeter Cloud Blog and follow the company on Twitter:

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