The new 2015 load testing suite: Datalimit 3.0
The world of IT no longer needs to be told about the benefits of load testing. It knows. Load testing has, in fact, become an essential part of validation prior to rollout, and is vital for guaranteeing business lines that the application will be able to cope during high-traffic periods (sales season, for instance) without adversely affecting the user’s experience (particularly the purchasing process).
To be meaningful, load testing must be performed “from the outside” to yield an end-to-end measurement, the only kind that is fully representative of the user perspective. To supply objective recommendations it is also crucial to be independent from the various players in the technical chain (hosting companies, operators, integrators, etc.).
In 2015, this kind of load testing must be able to handle the following 4 major recent developments in IT:
Web usage has shifted to mobile through responsive design, web views, and native applications based on web services. In France, in the first quarter of 2015, mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) accounted for 40% of the traffic on retail websites (compared to 31% in Q1 2014) and 23% of online purchases (up from 17% in Q1 2014).
It has become imperative for any load test to take into account the proportion of connections and purchases made via mobile devices.
The DevOps phenomenon, a trend that brings together the “dev” staff (in charge of developing the information system) and the “ops” staff (in charge of application operations) is no longer a fad, but a necessity.
The setup of software “factories” considerably streamlines development cycles. Load testing is a snapshot. In the run and permanent build phases, it must be able to track how well the platform functions over time. Having a monitoring tool is crucial.
Short development cycles also lead to more testing and result in a need to be able to locate problems fast and precisely. It is vital to be able to correlate the user experience with the behavior of each component in the platform.
In front end
web sites are turning into actual web applications, with more and more processing happening on the client side. Building web pages is increasingly complex, with ever more JS code, calls to external services, and so on.
Load testing is the right time to validate technical choices and take advantage of advice on how to optimize your pages.
Infrastructures have been getting more complex, and are migrating to the cloud, becoming scalable and using external services.
In response to all of these changes, we have created a new load testing offering which matches the four developments that are shaping IT.
Datalimit is divided into 4 innovative offers:
- Datalimit Mobile: integrates consideration of the mobile dimension in your load tests
- Datalimit Global Experience: tracks changes in performance over time
- Datalimit troubleshooting: beyond load testing, this offer can provide specific tracking of the behavior of each component in the technical platform.
- Datalimit optimisation: supplies recommendations for front-end optimization of your site.
We encourage you to get in touch and tell us about what you need so that we can select the best load testing solution for your specific context.