Sauce Labs Gets Additional Funding
Sauce Labs announced the closing of a $3 million Series B funding round led by Triage Ventures. Salesforce.com also joined as an investor in the Series B round. The company also today announced the public availability of a new mobile web application testing cloud for Mac OS X, iOS and Android environments that will help slash the cost and time-to-market for iPad, iPhone and some Android device applications.
Sauce Labs offers automated and manual testing services for web applications. The company’s popular Sauce OnDemand and Sauce Scout solutions are used by some of the largest consumer and enterprise brands. The Sauce OnDemand testing cloud is already used to run approximately one million tests each month with that number continuing to grow.
By expanding its solutions to support the Mac OS X platform, Sauce Labs becomes the first to provide Mac developers an automated, enterprise-class testing cloud that leverages virtualization for iOS applications. The new testing capabilities will reduce to just hours or days the testing and debugging process for applications for the iPad and iPhone. By virtualizing OS X in the cloud, Sauce Labs can offer superior security to its users.
“Today marks a major advancement in the development of applications for the Mobile Web. With our new support for OS X, iOS, and Android web browsers, consumers will enjoy new apps faster and at a lower cost because of our innovation,” Jason Huggins, CTO of Sauce Labs, said. “Until now, web developers had no other enterprise-class options but to build and maintain costly testing infrastructures for mobile platforms. Our Sauce testing cloud is one of the fastest, most secure and best ways for organizations to ship mobile web applications faster and at a much lower cost. Developers using Sauce Labs will ship with higher quality, more quickly. And well tested software leads to happier users.”
New Solution Capabilities
The Sauce mobile web application testing cloud represents a major advance in the industry. The platform deploys a completely new, highly secure virtual machine (VM) in the cloud for each test. Using unique Sauce technology, VMs can be deployed in seconds rather than minutes or hours, enabling fail tests to complete in minutes rather than days or weeks. The Sauce testing cloud uses Selenium, the world’s leading open source testing project, to automate web browsers for testing purpose.
Major new features in the mobile app testing cloud include:
* Support for major mobile devices including iPad, iPhone and select Android devices — hotly anticipated by customers to respond to the exploding use of mobile devices to access web applications;
* Automatic video recording of tests, automatic creation of application screen shots and organize links to mobile applications, enabling rapid collaborative debugging — developers can send a link to the video or screenshot of the failure to any member of the team via email, IM or social collaboration tools like Salesforce Chatter;
* Support for highly scalable Mac OS X web application testing in the cloud; Mobile, Mac and Windows web applications can now be tested at up to 100 tests per minute.
About Sauce Labs
Sauce Labs provides cloud-based testing tools that greatly increase developer productivity. Sauce Labs’ automated testing service lets users run Selenium tests across multiple browsers in parallel without setting up or maintaining test infrastructure. Its manual testing service lets users interactively test their websites on more than 75 browser/OS combinations while recording screenshots and videos of bugs. To date, more than 20 million tests have run in the Sauce cloud. Sauce Labs is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit http://saucelabs.com.