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It's hard to believe, but the conclusion of the NFL football season is upon us. In the east coast vs. west coast championship rivalry, Neotys will be rooting for our own New England Patriots. It shouldn't come as a surprise, as our office is only 35 miles from Gillette Stadium. Not only will the Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in the big game, but many web-based companies will be taking on large-scale traffic challenges after airing their prime time commercials that day. After hearing this, you should ignore the pregame hype, put down the nachos and get your servers ready for maxed out user load. You've Visualized the Win... But Not the Loss Imagine a scenario in which your company, after capping off a great 2014, starts the new year with a large advertising budget. The CMO decides that running an advertisement during the big game is a just what the company ne... (more)

Seven Ways To Build A Robust Testing in Production By @Neotys | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

7 Ways To Build A Robust Testing In Production (TiP) Practice Here's a short anecdote: a QA team maintained a test environment separate from their production environment, but they had gone through great lengths to ensure it matched what was in production in every respect. It was filled with the same hardware, and all the software was identical down to the patch level. They had a strong process to ensure that any change made to one environment was mirrored in the other. Perhaps you can see where this story is going. Sure enough, the environments turned out to not be identical. In ... (more)

Five Ways to Mitigate the Risks of TiP By @Neotys | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Don’t Freak Out! Five Ways to Mitigate the Risks of TiP If there is one thing we know for sure, it is that it's extremely difficult to accurately reproduce a production environment for QA purposes. That's why there is such a natural pull in the direction of Testing in Production (TiP), in which testing is done within the live environment where real users are actively engaged in the product. There are many benefits to using the production system as a means to conduct QA, but it can be stressful for an organization that isn't well-versed in the practice. Oftentimes, the risks of Ti... (more)

Combining Agile with Load and Performance Testing: What Am I in For?

Agile software development isn't really a "new" trend anymore. I mean, the Agile Manifesto turns 13 years old next month and while that might be early adolescence in human years, it's downright ancient as far as trends in IT are concerned. However, one area that has yet to fully mature is the implementation of non-functional testing practices in a Continuous Testing sort of way that can keep pace with more Agile development teams. Load and performance testing definitely fall into that category. You might be a performance tester on a team that is just starting to do more iterative... (more)

Why Obama Administration Should Have Paid More Attention to Load Testing

October 1, 2013, was the most anticipated date for the Obama administration since his re-election. It was to be the day every American would have access to health care on one centralized website. However, according to at least one report only six people enrolled in Obamacare on the first day. Then shortly after, the entire website crashed along with its infrastructure. The massive crash happened because within the first 10 days of launch HealthCare.gov had over 14.6 million unique views. Something the Obama administration was not prepared for, nor the testers. The website should ... (more)