Performance Testing Vs. Performance Tuning

Performance testing is often mistaken for performance tuning. The two are related, but they are certainly not the same thing. To see what these differences are, let’s look at a quick analogy.

Most governments mandate that you bring your vehicles to the workshop for an inspection once a year. This is to ensure that your car meets the minimum safety standards that have been set to ensure it is safe for road use.

A website performance test can be likened to a yearly inspection — It ensures that your website isn’t performing terribly and should perform reasonably well under most circumstances.

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The Road to Microservices: Part 2

In part one of this series, we started defining the problem we are solving. Essentially, we are trying to leverage Docker and DevOps tools to ensure our decentralized team can release faster and with less centralized synchronisation. Before we dive into software choices, we have to talk about the elephant in the room.

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Load Impact Performance Thresholds

Tl;dr — More Load Impact customers than ever are continuously running load tests. In response, we’ve just shipped our “Performance Thresholds” feature. Now, engineers set Pass/Fail metrics for their scheduled tests in order to hone in on the data that’s most important to them. Here’s how we think that helps you:

  • The binary status of Pass/Fail metrics is great for automated Continuous Integration flows
  • Set thresholds for VU load time, page load time or any of your custom metrics
  • Know right away if a test passed or failed your expectations
  • Configure tests to abort when a metric fails and avoid completely crashing your application
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The Road to Microservices: Part 1

Tl;dr — Load Impact is growing, and one of the challenges with growth is making sure your infrastructure and development cycle mature with that success. This is Part 1 of our series, “The Road to Microservices.” Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Why we decided to make the change to a microservice-oriented approach
  • We’re switching to Docker! (Isn’t everyone, at this point?)
  • What we expect to get out of these changes
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Learn About Docker, Performance Testing, API Development and More at Fareoffice Hackathon

One of our favorite aspects of working in performance and load testing is that we have the privilege of working with great companies across every industry.

Every so often we make contact with a user who’s not only building great products with great success, but someone who really understands the value of DevOps and Continuous Testing.

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In DevOps, Collaboration & Communication is Key

tl;dr — Load Impact loves DevOps, so we optimize our performance testing application with DevOps in mind.

  • Easily share results
  • Invite team members to run tests, script user scenarios and view data
  • Organize tests into projects to keep everyone on the same page
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3 Ways to Develop the Perfect DevOps Culture

Hey, look! Another article about DevOps!

We write about and share content about DevOps often becuse we're firm believers in its concepts and the general culture of collaboration in software development.

The link below, from our friends at DevOps.com, will take you to an article giving three keys ...

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Ready for DevOps? Think About the Culture

"DevOps is a combination of skillset and a mindset along with toolset. So, then, if you’re going to do DevOps effectively, you’re going to need a few things in place." — The Register

This is an early candidate for our favorite quote of the year.

While it's easy ...

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Banking on Innovation and DevOps — DOES 2015

Tapabrata Pal is a DevOps evangelist from the massive bank, Capitol One.

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Machine Learning and AI are Driving DevOps Evolution

"When the automation can identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies and automatically adapt to overcome those obstacles, human input and interaction could become almost obsolete." — Says Tony Bradley, community manager at Tenable Network Security.

Load Impact definitely agrees with Bradley, as our Continuous Delivery solutions make it easy for developers and testers ...

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