No matter how experienced you are, it’s easy to get terms mixed, confused, and misunderstood. To help, we’ve prepared this brief primer on performance testing vs stress testing to define these common terms (and a few others). You may still hear some of these terms used interchangeably, but at least now you have ammunition to correct others when you’re feeling pedantic. <grin> Let’s start with load testing.
Internet giants sometimes approach testing differently than the rest of the world should. For example, in a recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, Alibaba Cloud senior product manager He Yunfei talks about Singles Day as the ultimate load test, basically. “We use it as a drill. It sharpens us,” he says, according to the article.