April 12, 2012:
TesTrac.com Announces Large-Scale Hardware Upgrade
Burnsville, Minn. – TesTrac.com, Ltd, a world leader in online testing, announces a large-scale capital investment that expands its already robust network capabilities even further. The capital improvements, totaling nearly $425,000, represent the largest one-time investment to date in enhancing TesTrac.com's test delivery system.
“This upgrade is in conjuction with the release of Version 11 of our testing engine,” said TesTrac.com president Doug Odell. “As part of that software upgrade, we wanted to dramatically improve our hardware.” One of the big changes with TesTrac.com's new testing engine will be seen in response time and load balancing, an improvement that requires enhancements in both software and hardware.
“In the past,” said
Odell, “everything was based on the IP address. So if 1,000 users from one
testing center all logged on at once, they'd all hit one server at the
same time. With our new hardware and software, that load is balanced
across the entire network.” This means that TesTrac.com is able to deploy
a fast, consistent service regardless of the number of concurrent
connections. “This will improve the percentage of completed test
attempts,” said Odell, “Right now we have a 99%-plus completion rate; our
new engine will go even higher.”
The benefit to users comes not just in terms of system performance. Enhanced security is another big advantage of the new network. The new equipment is housed in a data center in St. Paul operated by Sungard Availability Services, which boasts a Tier 4 data center rating from the Uptime Institute. This ensures the highest available reliability, security and stability. “The data center has 24/7 staffing, support and intense digital security. It just made the most sense for our customers and our company,” said Odell. “This means I can tell my customers that their proprietary data is safely stored on my secured servers, and not in a public cloud.”
Since 1998, Minnesota-based
TesTrac.com has used its proprietary, flexible, customizable online
delivery system to facilitate testing for any subject, in almost any
language, to web browsers across the globe. TesTrac Online offers a wide
array of administrative, security, and data mining tools, ensuring each
test is clear, accessible, and tightly controlled.
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