Selecting a tool

General

Load testing tools come in all shapes and sizes, they vary greatly in terms of quality, expense, easy of use and support.  HP Performance Center (aka Loadrunner) is the defacto standard as Mercury land grabbed market share in the early days and left no room for competitors. Today the landscape is different – and there are a few startups with newer and more nimble technology beginning to seriously challenge this status quo.

Choosing the right Performance tool:

Choosing the correct load testing tool is challenging , there are now over 100 different types of load testing tools and sorting the chaff from good can be daunting. Here a series of articles designed to help if you are in the process of selecting or evaluating tools:

  • Selecting Performance Test Tools Note: This article will work on the assumption that a client has no performance tools in place and urgently requires a load testing solution. Selecting the correct performance test tool is fraught with difficulties for the novice.  I’ve been into many sites where the client has had an urgent need and they aren’t sure which direction ...
  • Choosing the correct load testing tool This article is aimed at explaining the difference between different types of performance tools and should prove useful if you are assessing which load tool is right for you.  There are a myriad of load testing tools out there – far too many for me to research individually. I’ve thought long and hard about how to ...
  • SOASTA – High Level Benefits So there is a new kid on the performance testing block. SOASTA CloudTest – a Load Testing tool, which unsurprisingly is hosted in the Cloud. I’ve recently had time to get hands on with the tool and thought I would attempt to sum up the the main benefits here: Free Demo Version:  There is no license cost to ...
  • LoadRunner to JMeter – A successful transition  It all began on the day when a bunch of three performance testers were given a task of migrating the performance testing activities of multiple applications of a client to an open source tool. This included architectural level migration, resource knowledge transition and testing-operation transition from a licensed tool (LoadRunner) to an open source tool. ...
  • Loadrunner vs JMeter – feature comparison This time I present a brief comparison of two load-testing tool: Loadrunner (as called “the industry standard load testing tool”) and its open-source “counterpart” the Apache JMeter. Why are exactly these two pieces compared? I made a quick research at indeed.com to find out the global demand on load testing Profollica professionals. We can conclude, that ...

How to improve live system performance  

Lets not forget that the best way of improving performance of the application can be achieved post performance testing, Here is an article about being proactive about performance testing:

  • Being Proactive about Performance What’s the best way to improve performance of the application? In a word ‘Prevention’.  In my opinion the best way of doing this is to proactively monitor and measure how the application is actually being used in live by customers.  Most performance testing is actually a simplified representation of live behavior – what happens in ...

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