Load Testing is an application or cloud service that simulates users or traffic to test a website or applications effectiveness when under a simulated load.
When designing an application or website it is imperative to stress test your systems before releasing into general production. Website failures and lost database connections for applications cause instability and loss of trust from both application users and website visitors.
Cloud Load testing suites vary in terms of scope and depth of service but generally all load testing vendors offer the basic modules such as large simulated load testing and geographical targeting.
If you’re currently investigating load testing services below are some of the great benefits and user examples that your organisation can leverage;
A load test determines the speed and capacity of your application determining system performance under heavy loads
Stress testing determines if data connections or functionality can be corrupted by driving test packets. By determining the ‘breaking’ or ‘stress’ point of an application you are able to configure performance triggers to ensure early notification of impending failure.
Performing load and stress tests you will know the capacity of your systems and know when extra resource is required such as load balancers or perhaps additional databases.
- Monitoring system testing
Load and stress testing allows for your monitoring systems to determine spikes in CPU or RAM usage and to alert your administrators to potential issues.
Does your firewall have the capacity to pass many packets per second? Stress testing will determine this and let you benchmark your security systems.
Whilst the advantages of subscribing to a load testing service are compelling, it is essential to be aware of the requirements, limitations and scope of the service you purchase. Here are some of the main things to take into account:
Always try and use a development environment. If this is not possible then try to limit your test to a time or date that will not greatly impact your systems.
Fully document and backup all systems to a point where you can set a recovery objective time for restoring functionality in the event of an issue.
If you’re testing a hosted application inform your hosting provider or ISP informing them of the test details time and scope. Providing this notification will ensure that the operations team is aware and that unusual traffic patterns will not be picked up as a security incident.
When internally testing check that intermediate devices such as switches or routers will not be affected by the traffic load generated by your load testing tool.
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