October 21, 2008

Keynote(R) Opens Its Cloud Infrastructure for Free Web Performance Testing With KITE

Keynote Systems (Nasdaq:KEYN):

-- Keynote Interactive Testing Environment (KITE) Early Adopter Program Concludes; Web Developers, Quality Assurance and Operations Professionals Can Immediately Use KITE as the Gateway into Keynote's Global Infrastructure and Test Web Applications from Locations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific

-- KITE Enables Real-Time Performance Testing and Analysis of Complex Web Applications to Pinpoint Web and Infrastructure Performance Problems Early in the Application Lifecycle

-- KITE Speeds up Web Application Development and Deployment Cycles

Keynote Systems (Nasdaq:KEYN), the global leader in on-demand mobile and Internet test & measurement solutions for continuously improving the online experience, today announced it will open its cloud infrastructure, offering any Web team concerned with their end users' experience free access to KITE (Keynote Interactive Testing Environment), Keynote's product for testing and analyzing the performance of Web applications across the Internet cloud. Thus, KITE becomes the gateway into Keynote's global test & measurement infrastructure.

"Cloud computing is opening new doors for Web developers, who can now focus on building an application and rely on other companies to handle the intricacies of deploying testing software or managing the underlying infrastructure that hosts their application," said Vik Chaudhary, vice president of product management and corporate development at Keynote. "With a Web application's performance depending on a variety of clouds' infrastructures, ad servers and other third party content, it's more important than ever for Internet companies to test and measure applications to ensure a superior end user experience. They can now use Keynote's cloud infrastructure to test and monitor their applications from cities all over the world without the hassle of deploying software, computers or people to do the job. We're excited to offer KITE for free to help Web teams deliver superior performing applications to end users in any city, in any cloud."

While new Internet computing models and IT infrastructure have accelerated the pace, reach and agility of Web businesses, they have also introduced an enormous complexity driven by the growing number of applications, lack of interoperability standards and huge amount of proprietary code. Developing new applications or adding features and functionality that work well with the existing infrastructure, as well as identifying the core of problems once released into production, has become an operational nightmare. KITE enables Web teams to keep up with rapid development cycles, offering real-time performance testing and analysis of complex Web 2.0 applications for immediate performance feedback. The solution helps identify the root cause of performance issues instantly, reducing costly mistakes in production.

About KITE

KITE offers both instant testing from the desktop and from a pre-selected group of geographic locations in North America, Europe and Asia. KITE users can upload Web transaction scripts from the desktop to the Keynote global test & measurement network and receive free instant performance data from San Francisco, New York, London, Frankfurt and Hong Kong. And because the Keynote test & measurement network spans the globe, KITE users can upload the same scripts to 240 locations worldwide to continue monitoring and gathering performance data globally. The top five technical features of KITE include:

-- Test performance from both the desktop and the Internet cloud;

-- Performance analysis for multi-page Web transactions;

-- Native Internet Explorer integration allows for the easy analysis of AJAX, Flash and JavaScript;

-- JavaScript programmability for scripting actions based on DOM events (Document Object Model); and

-- Record Web application test scripts, playback in 'burst mode,' and share scripts across internal and external groups.


KITE is now available for free download at http://kite.keynote.com

Related Links:

See what real users are saying about KITE at http://kite.keynote.com/video/keynote-kite/keynote-kite.html.

Read Keynote executives' latest insights on Keynote's Web 2.0 Watch blog at http://blogs.keynote.com.

About Keynote

Keynote Systems (Nasdaq "KEYN") is the global leader in on-demand test & measurement solutions for continuously improving the online experience. As an independent and trusted third-party, Keynote provides IT and marketing executives with an unbiased view into their Internet services from around the world. For over a decade, Keynote has been providing measurement data and testing capabilities that allow companies to understand and improve their customers' online and mobile experience. Keynote has four test and measurement businesses: Web performance, mobile quality, streaming & VoIP, and customer experience/UX. In addition, Keynote's industry analysis group called Keynote Competitive Research publishes proprietary studies measuring customer experience and service levels across a wide range of industries.

Known as The Mobile and Internet Performance Authority(TM), Keynote has a market-leading infrastructure of 2,400 measurement computers and mobile devices in over 240 locations around the world. Keynote also maintains one of the most representative panels of online users consisting of 160,000 consumers. Keynote's on-demand, hassle-free infrastructure allows businesses to access services they need, when they need them to pinpoint and fix mobile quality and Internet problems before they impact customers.

Keynote helps over 2,700 corporate customers become "the best of the best" by helping them improve online business performance and mobile communications quality. Keynote's customers represent top Internet and mobile companies including American Express, BP, Caterpillar, Dell, Disney, eBay, E*TRADE, Expedia, FedEx, Microsoft, SonyEricsson, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and Vodafone.

Keynote Systems, Inc. is headquartered in San Mateo, California and can be reached at www.keynote.com or by phone in the U.S. at (650) 403-2400.

Keynote, The Internet Performance Authority, Perspective and WebEffective are registered trademarks and The Mobile and Internet Performance Authority and True Experience are trademarks of Keynote Systems, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. (C) 2008 Keynote Systems, Inc.