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Honda Racing F1 Team selects Empirix for critical web application testing on its new web site.

BERKSHIRE, United Kingdom, 4 December 2007 – Empirix ® Inc. which helps organisations adopt complex communications solutions with confidence, was recently selected by the Honda Racing F1 Team to test access to the latest information on its website, www.HondaRacingF1.com, ensuring fans get the optimum experience when visiting the site.

The Honda Racing F1 Team is the first Formula One team to provide a dedicated racing TV channel. The site has been designed to provide the ultimate experience for any Formula One fan. It hosts sophisticated new applications; a brand new dedicated video channel, up-to-the-minute news, and the opportunity for fans to send their own images into an interactive gallery.

The news follows 2006 research published by the FIA which suggests that, apart from TV, 87 per cent of fans rely on the Internet to stay informed about what’s happening in Formula One.

In support of a move which addresses growing interest by fans to get relevant content online, the Honda Racing F1 Team has utilised Empirix eLoad Expert Services to ensure that the new website is robust enough to handle the peak traffic expected during racing weekends, and that the sophisticated applications work as planned.

How it works
Empirix eLoad Expert enabled the Honda Racing F1 Team to easily and accurately test the performance and scalability of its Website to ensure that customers would have the best possible experience. eLoad Expert simulated thousands of concurrent users, in order to analyze the performance of Web applications under typical (or peak) traffic volume, and identify any potential problems before the applications on the website went live. It also enabled the Honda Racing F1 Team to monitor the performance of back-end application infrastructure during the load test to identify bottlenecks and help further tune application performance.

David France, IT Director for the Honda Racing F1 Team said; “We chose Empirix because it had the ability to meet our immediate needs and our future ones. e-TEST suite was invaluable; the ability to test our applications under real-life conditions, in a very short period of time, and in controlled environment was essential. Even more important was the expertise that Empirix brought to the table; our teams worked seamlessly to produce results, with real statistics, and make the changes that were necessary to ensure a positive user experience from day one”.

Andy Buchanan, European Director, Empirix said; “We are thrilled to have been part of the team that made the new Honda Racing F1 Team website a reality. The site is amazing – with live video streaming, a dedicated racing TV channel and an interactive element. All of these things add up to a very sophisticated site and the Honda Racing F1 Team did exactly the right thing in planning to test all the capabilities before they went live. We are confident Formula One is enjoying the new site”.

About Empirix
Empirix helps organisations adopt complex communications solutions with confidence. We combine the industry’s deepest knowledge of telecommunications and self-service applications with award-winning testing and monitoring solutions to ensure our customers realize the promise of their technology investments. Empirix is the only company with expertise that spans the evolution of these advanced technologies across multiple markets – from testing in R&D labs through monitoring the end-user experience. For over a decade, thousands of quality-conscious network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprises worldwide have trusted Empirix to reduce the time and cost of integrating new technologies into existing environments. Visit www.empirix.com.

* Source: www.fia.com 2006 FIA/AMD Formula One Survey

For additional information contact
David Mieny / Jennifer Janson
Six Degrees for Empirix
Tel: +44 (0)1628 480 280
Email: david.mieny@sixdegreespr.com / jennifer.janson@sixdegreespr.com

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