Full-service load testing: let the specialists give your applications a checkup

October 31 2019 By Posted in Expertise
There are many good reasons for load testing: to ensure performance in peak traffic periods, optimize return on investments in digital services and, in the application lifecycle, for changes in the infrastructure, to deal with performance problems, and as part of quality practices.

 

Challenges that make load testing worthwhile

Still, sometimes the decision to load test can be long in the making. Possibly you have seen some data about your slow application, but you don’t know what to do with it or what it means. Or you don’t seem to be getting the right data. Maybe you don’t have the time or staff to deal with it. Or the money to spend on expensive load testing software.

 

Load testing as a turnkey service for website and application performance

The good news is that you can get load testing as a turnkey service operated by specialists. ip-label offers Datalimit, a cost-effective way to approach load testing: you do not have to invest in tools, and it is the specialists’ job to interpret the results and make recommendations.
Furthermore, the impartiality of third-party specialists ensures that the test results are factual and objective. You want to spend your time on improvements, not on blame-shifting within your organization or with your service providers.

 

What does load testing do?

Basically load testing checks how well your application and architecture withstand increases in load. Two key points: how many concurrent users they can process and how fast user requests are processed. During load tests, specialists will identify at which point (how many simultaneous users) your service starts to deteriorate (response times become unacceptably slow).

 

How to prepare for load testing

Your main task in the load testing process comes at the beginning. The specialists need to know the size of the prospective audience you want to be able to handle, and what response times you consider to be acceptable/unacceptable. Based on their experience and sector benchmarks, load testing specialists can help you determine the criteria best suited to your needs.

 

The load testing process: from performance measurement to data analysis

Using your specific criteria, they inject load (using one or more methods) and locate any weak points or bottlenecks that prevent you from achieving your required service levels (particularly valuable when you are working with SLAs). Load testing specialists analyze the data for you, and deliver a report at the end of the test period, complete with recommendations. With their precise analyses, the next steps for improvement are direct and clear, without costly, time-wasting guesswork.

 

Improve application robustness and user quality of experience

Because load testing is ideally done upstream of any expected traffic surges or rollouts of upgrades, it may be considered as a preventive measure. Sometimes prevention isn’t very exciting. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, as the saying goes. But how much does load testing cost, compared to the cost of alienating customers, fixing a crash, losing stars from your user rating, or being penalized for not complying with SLAs? Call on the Datalimit load testing specialists at ip-label – they are standing by to help.

 

For further information, please download our white paper on load testing “Improving the productivity of your critical apps”

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