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Speedscale Traffic Replay Helps Cloud-Native Developers Correct Defects Ahead Of Release


Guest: Matthew LeRay (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Company: Speedscale (Twitter)
Show: Let’s Talk
Keyword: API

Speedscale, the API test automation seed stage startup, helps developers test new API code under production-like work conditions. The company takes a different approach from traditional observability software, which relies on traces, logs and metrics to solve problems after something has occurred. Instead, Speedscale utilizes monitoring production systems and increasing their debuggability using its Traffic Replay solution. The solution helps address problems earlier in the lifecycle ahead of release making developers’ workloads easier and saving them time.

In this episode of TFiR Let’s Talk, Swapnil Bhartiya sat down with Matthew LeRay, Co-Founder and CTO of Speedscale, to discuss how the company’s Traffic Replay solution is helping developers test applications using real traffic before putting them into production. LeRay says, “Traditional observability tools were not built for cloud native as they are always going to be catching things after they happen. Speedscale is one of the only tools in the market that allows customers to actually learn from the past in great detail and bring it all the way back to the developer’s hands.”

One of the challenges developers face is integration testing, which becomes more complex in cloud-native architectures where often too much is being handled by the infrastructure. LeRay feels that just because developers wrote the code, it does not mean they are good at writing tests since the focus is predominantly on making things work properly and not figuring out how they may break. One of Speedscale’s missions is to eliminate integration testing.

Speedscale’s Traffic Replay helps take away the need to write the test or have development environments. It copies the production and the traffic so the developer can see everything in the production cloud-native system. Developers can then go back over the real user interactions as part of the development process, as well as, part of the validation process in the CI/CD pipeline.

One of the key drivers for cloud-native quality solutions like Speedscale’s Traffic Replay is the cultural shift that is being seen in the monitoring and observability space where developers are increasingly owning the software through into production. By being able to address problems earlier in the development stage, engineers will spend less time on-call once the software goes into production.

About Matthew LeRay: Matthew LeRay is the Co-Founder and CTO of Speedscale, a cloud native traffic replay platform.

About Speedscale: Speedscale finds slowdowns or bugs in cloud services before they impact customers. Using traffic replay, you can bring a replica of the production environment into pre-production.

The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.