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The cloud provides two major advantages to load and performance procedures that help testing teams better model realistic behavior: instant infrastructure and geographic location. Cloud-based load testing also lowers the total cost of ownership, increases flexibility and allows testers to understand the impact of third-party components. So you're sold on using the cloud; here's what you should look for in a cloud-based load testing solution. One of the most dangerous moves software developers and testers can make is being lulled into a false sense of security. For example, when application features and performance levels meet expectations during pre-production, only to crash and burn when presented to real users in production. In that same vein, if your organization has any kind of performance testing strategy, chances are you're conducting load testing. However, yo... (more)

Ten Tips to Tempt Talent | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps #IoT #Docker #Microservices]

If you've ever had a brush with an overloaded website, you know how important website performance is. Hopefully you were able to avoid a crash and spare the ire of your managers and investors. Perhaps you even had a shining moment, when a huge burst of traffic came through and your site was able to handle it perfectly. Sure, you would like to say it's the code that deserves the credit, but you know there's more to the story than that. Sites don't perform at their peak without great performance testers, and it takes time and effort to acquire them. You want the best in the business... (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)

What to Look for in an Agile Load Testing Solution

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 following questions: 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)

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)