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Mercury Interactive Launches Astra Line

Mercury Interactive Corp. (MERQ) Monday released Astra LoadTest and Astra QuickTest, products in its Astra family that validate Web site content, reliability and performance.

Astra LoadTest and Astra QuickTest join Astra SiteManager in the Mercury Interactive family of Web site productivity tools.

The three components of the Astra product line work together to verify that changes in functionality on a Web site have been implemented and work correctly.

  • Astra LoadTest tests the scalability and performance of Web applications and enables enterprises to emulate the traffic of thousands of users to identify and isolate bottlenecks and optimize user experience.
  • Astra QuickTest is an icon-based tool for testing dynamically changing Web applications. The tool mirrors end-user behavior to create interactive customizable tests that simplify and shorten the testing cycle.
  • Astra SiteManager is a comprehensive visual Web site management tool. It automatically schedules and performs scans of an entire Web site, highlighting functional areas with color-coded links and URLs to create a complete visual map of the site.

The three products are integrated to to make testing as easy as using a browser. They are designed to accelerate testing and optimize the end-user's experience. Astra products use Active Screen technology, which is composed of three parts: an icon-based test, an interactive page view, and an integrated spreadsheet

Mercury Interactive also announced its partnership today with Intraware, an online distributor of business software and services. Intraware claims a customer base of more than 170,000. The site allows IT professionals to research, evaluate, purchase, and update their business software online.

The Astra family of products can also be downloaded and purchased from Mercury's site. Astra SiteManager is fully functional and can be downloaded for free. Astra LoadTest and Astra QuickTest are available in trial and beta editions, respectively. Astra QuickTest is priced at $2,995 and AstraLoad Test is priced between $9,995 and $29,995, depending on the number of users.

All of Mercury Interactive various products are targeted toward technical and nontechnical business users helping determine IS priorities and requirements. The products aim to accelerate the deployment process because they are designed to support both business and IS needs. They automate the testing of complex applications throughout the enterprise and help ensure software works as required. Mercury Interactive customers include Cornhill Insurance, Lanier Worldwide, Nasdaq-Amex Market Group, Sandia National Labs, Siemens Telecom Networks, and Texaco (UK).