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Personally, I'm more of a last-minute holiday shopper, but nonetheless, there I was being dragged out to the brick and mortar stores on Black Friday. Given that my role seemed to be limited to that of manual laborer ("Honey, can you carry all this for me?"), I had a lot of time to people watch the zillions of other consumers doing their shopping. And I noticed a very common occurrence - something I don't think I'd seen much of before: People using their mobile devices to help them shop. Whether it was to figure out where the sales were, to compare prices among other retailers, to check availability of products, etc., it seemed like almost everyone was using their mobile device as a shopping tool. And this was for people already out shopping! It made me think that if that many people were using mobile devices while out at stores, what kind of Internet traffic was bei... (more)

Benefits of Load Testing in the Cloud (Part 1)

Many companies have moved applications to the cloud as a way to reduce capital expenditure while improving IT focus and effectiveness. End users see the cloud as a way to access their documents and applications remotely from anywhere and from any device. IT managers see the cloud as a means of rapidly adapting their infrastructures as needed via virtualization and a pay-per use-model. But what about load testing engineers? Can they seize the opportunities afforded by the cloud to better test the performance of web applications? As with past overhyped trends in IT, it is importan... (more)

Challenges and Best Practices for Load Testing with the Cloud

In Part 1 I described how the cloud is revolutionizing load testing and the advantages it provides to ensure that your web applications perform well in production. We also looked at what capabilities you should seek out when selecting a load testing solution. In Part 2, I will offer the limitations of a test strategy that relies solely on cloud-based testing, highlighting the need for a complementary internal load testing solution. I will also discuss several best practices for load testing in the cloud. Understanding how to apply the right tools and practices to make the most o... (more)

Hip? Or Hype? Load and Performance Testing from the Cloud

Assuming you haven't spent the last couple of years living under a rock, you're bound to have been bombarded with all sorts of propaganda about "The Cloud." "The Cloud," according to the marketing types, is the greatest thing since the invention of bread, surely able to solve all of our needs, whether technology-related or not. While the hype for the cloud might be frequently and frustratingly overstated and confusingly applied in odd places (can someone please explain to me the Microsoft Cloud commercial where the woman goes "to the cloud!!" so she can generate a family photo? W... (more)

The Importance of Accurately Modeling User Interactions in Performance Testing

Load testing, perhaps more than any other form of testing, is one of those activities that you either choose to do well or risk a result that leaves you worse off than not doing it at all. Half-hearted attempts at load testing yield "results," but too often those results are inaccurate, leading to a false sense of security for anyone who trusts them. This, in turn, leads to the release of applications that are not adequately tested and that experience performance problems soon after entering production. I was reminded of this not long ago, when I worked with a customer who relat... (more)