The faster an organization can conceive, build, and ship software, the more likely it is to succeed in today’s digital economy. The cloud presents significant opportunities to achieve the required speed, whether you are building new applications or optimizing existing ones. According to a Flexera survey, in 2021 more than 50% of businesses globally reported their cloud usage spend would continue to increase. But the cloud only operates and scales resources – it won’t automatically make your applications fast, stable, and scalable. Performance testing is critical to identify and mitigate risks to your application, architecture design, and cloud hosting environment. Effective cloud performance testing requires tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) such as cost, usage, performance, availability, and security, as well as testing systems availability, reliability, response time, throughput, and capacity.