efficiently and realistically as possible and to secure several, often geographically dispersed, machines across multiple networks to generate the virtual load.
In large-scale testing, as with any Web application testing, resource efficiency is key to increasing the return on investment. If a virtual load can be generated on two machines instead of ten, or on a single laptop instead of a handful of expensive systems, it makes a big difference. As we have discussed, it is important to assess functionality under load, and if a testing consultant is working with a customer who has limited hardware resources or budget, the ability to maximize testing solutions becomes paramount.
With successful companies relying more than ever on their Web applications for customer relations, cost avoidance, and revenue generation, the pressure is greater than ever to get it done right. Companies are under unprecedented pressure to build robust applications and plan for the unexpected spikes of the live Internet. Getting the Web application performance testing process "right"; however, does not have to be a difficult process. Following the best practices outlined in this article will help align QA with the rest of the development process, ensuring the success of testing efforts and preparing the Web to face the masses.
* The virtual-heavy-load-testing software this company used was RadView's WebLOAD software.