The goal of a load test is to replicate the traffic & conditions your app
experiences in production as realistically as possible
As a tester, you understand how important it is to create the most realistic
load test possible to provide confidence that your web application won't fail
in the field. But how do you know where your load should come from to produce
In this article, we have outlined three options most organizations can choose
from when determining where your load should come from.
Generate load on dedicated infrastructure in the datacenter Generate load
from a private cloud Generate load from distributed public cloud locations
There is a time and a place for all three of these options. In this post we
will go over when you should do each test and why.
1. Generate load on dedicated infrastructure in the datacenter
When: Perform internal loa... (more)
It's that time of the year again where millions of football fanatics (and
non-fanatics) will be gathered around their TV watching the biggest match of
the season, Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks. Last year the big game
reached over 108 million Americans, the third most watched television event
in U.S. history.
But what many people probably don't know is that the biggest football game of
the season also crashed a ton of websites. That's right, websites. When
interested customers went online to claim a promotion or to simply check out
a product after the ad they were often wel... (more)
While any load testing solution will enable you to do some sort of load
testing in your Agile environment, comparatively few enable you to follow
recommended best practices and overcome the challenges many teams face with
load and performance testing on an Agile project.
When considering an Agile load testing solution, you want to ask the
How quickly can tests be designed in the tool by any tester or developer (not
just your performance testing gurus)? Will my teams be able to share test
scenarios and test results? To what extent does the tool integrate with ... (more)
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)
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)