Load Testing Execution Phase 2: Benchmarking and Complex Cases

In the previous article in this series, we talked about getting prepared for your performance testing by:

  • Creating user scenarios
  • Configuring and running smoke tests
  • Creating load tests

At this point, you’re onto the actual testing. You’re running load tests and finding actionable data in the results.

We’ve broken this phase down into six parts, but it’s important to remember that each part may require multiple iterations. But hey, multiple iterations of each step just means you’re continuously finding new features to optimize or new problems to fix, and that will only improve the user experience in the long run.

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4 Types of Load Tests That Give You Useful Data

For anyone who’s played around with the programming language, Perl, you’re probably familiar with the motto, “There’s more than one way to do it.”

That’s not just true for Perl, though!

Depending on how you configure your load tests, you’ll see that your website/application and infrastructure react differently. That means running a diverse range of tests produces multiple outcomes, and more data is almost always a good thing.

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Load Testing for Banking Software

As the leading cloud-based performance and load testing solution on the web, Load Impact is all about helping developers understand how their projects will perform in various situations.

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Use Load Testing to Validate Budget Requests

Nearly every IT professional and manager is faced with justifying budget requests depending on their role within an organization.

Unfortunately, while IT staff is good at determining where to spend their resources, selling it to upper management is not always easy. What many of them overlook is that they can increase proposal success rates today by incorporating hard data.

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5 Reasons Why Scripting is Critical for Realistic Load Testing

A question that I have been asked countless times in my career has been, "Does your product/service have an API or scripting language?" Sometimes it's just a developer in the back of the room trying to look smart, other times there might actually be a legitimate business reason for an extensible architecture. In the case of a few solutions I worked with, the answer was, "Yes, but you will probably never need or want to use it."

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Can Real User Monitoring (RUM) and Synthetic Performance Testing Coexist?

Does Real User Monitoring eliminate the need for synthetic performance testing and monitoring? Not for environments where scalability and resilience to load are just as important as end-user experience.

The two approaches come at slightly different problems and generate different types of data but also have some overlap which may cause confusion with IT staff when making purchasing decisions. Hopefully, in this post we can help better define the two approaches.

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Saving Your Super Bowl Bacon: How One Advertiser Performance Tested Early and Avoided Disaster

During Super Bowl XLVII, Coca Cola, Axe, Sodastream, Calvin Klein had their hands full. Not so much serving online visitors as running around looking for quick fixes for their crashed websites. As reported by Yottaa.com, no fewer than 13 of the companies that ran ads during that Super Bowl saw their websites crash just as they needed them the most.

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HealthCare.gov tech taskforce is invited to use our load testing services free of charge

We're offering to provide the technology taskforce responsible for fixing the troubled HealthCare.gov website free use of our performance testing services until the Obamacare website is functioning at full capacity.

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Different types of website performance testing - Part 3: Spike Testing

This is the third of a series of posts describing the different types of web performance testing. In the first post, we gave an overview of what load testing is about and the different types of load tests available. Our second post gave an introduction to load testing in general, and described what a basic ramp-up schedule would look like.

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