Web Response Times

This is the best article I’ve come across for acceptable web response times. In short, if you are an online retailer faster is better; I’ve worked in companies where they have actually slowed down the results for end users (This company has lost a lot of market share) – I’ve never ever bought into this […]

Sharing Load Generators in HP Performance Center

One of the most appealing features of HP Performance Center is the automatic resource management. The Performance Center infrastructure can be shared between multiple test projects. Each project bundles the test scripts, test data and the associated load test configurations. Several load generators (aka. hosts) can be assigned to a Performance Test Project. From the […]

Using LR Download Filter to protect your measurements

This post will show how to exclude calls to external systems using Loadrunner; this allows the AUT to be tested in isolation.  A typical webpage relies on a number of resources which are external to the site. Analytics services, embedded social media, advertising assets and different Google Services (maps, charts, etc.) are good examples for […]

Modeling spike tests with HP Performance Center

This post will show how to create a Performance Spike Test using HP Performance Center. Spike testing can be characterised as an abnormal surge in traffic for a short period.  Reasons can include: An advertising campaign has just been launched, special offers being made available or an offer has just been opened and there is pent up demand.  Modelling […]

Using Shared Data Server (SDS) for Test Control – Individual User Control

Facilita Forecast: I will kick off my series of SDS centric posts with how to use this service for individual user control. There may be an occasion that you have to stop one or several users because they have failed or are performing actions that are interfering with other virtual users; making your test invalid. […]