Monday, 10 February 2014 15:52

New generation Load Testing technology gives business ‘greater value’


Load testing of systems has been around for many years, since its introduction in the 1970s, and one major Application Performance Management vendor says today’s testers are now able to leverage a new generation of technology to fill critical test automation gaps and deliver “substantially greater value to their business.”

In a newly published whitepaper, global APM vendor Compuware says that this new generation technology provides the insight required to help practitioners graduate from standard load testing to what it calls performance engineering.

According to Compuware, until recently, testers were only able to automate part of the load testing process, and, while test vendors successfully automated the chore of applying load to a test infrastructure, “they failed to automate the rest of the load testing process.”  “As a result, testers were unable to understand the root cause of performance issues in complex real-world scenarios,” the Whitepaper explains.

Compuware stresses in the Whitepaper that load testing is essential to ensure the scalability and performance of modern systems, but as system architectures have grown more complex, with components distributed across in-house services, cloud providers, and third-party hosting firms, “the practice of load testing has increasingly come under fire.”

“Weaknesses in load testing methodology – including the inability to accurately represent geographically dispersed users, understand the infrastructure their transactions hit, and identify the source of bottlenecks – have led many organisations to reduce or eliminate load testing altogether.”

To learn more about load testing and read what Compuware has to say about the latest technologies, download the Whitepaper here

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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