The importance of load testing when you move your critical applications to the cloud cannot be overstated. There is simply no other way to know how your application will perform when it is under stress after it is launched. This article will discuss how traditional load testing is different than cloud load testing, and different load testing solutions for your business.
Many businesses have found that traditional methods of load testing are prohibitively expensive and require a lot of time to execute. Businesses tend to be on a tight deadline and a tight budget, which is problematic when using traditional load testing tools.
All in all, for most businesses, traditional load testing tools are simply too expensive and cumbersome. Setting up these traditional load tests requires a lot of money and manpower. Adjusting the tests while they are running requires even more money and manpower. As you can imagine, it is easy for the cost and time spent on the application to spiral out of control.
Traditional load testing usually does not test from the end user’s perspective. If the goal of load testing is to determine what the experience will be like for the end user at different levels of traffic, then this limits how much useful data you can actually get out of your tests.
With all of these problems, your business should consider alternatives to traditional load testing.
Luckily, there are tools out there which are specifically designed to efficiently and effectively load test your applications in the cloud. One such tool, AppLoader, is a great program for all types of businesses because of its affordable cost and flexibility.
AppLoader works for all types of businesses, even those for which traditional load testing tools do not work well for. While its cost is lower, it will actually give you better data faster than traditional testing tools. This is because AppLoader replicates the end-user experience on as large of a scale as you need.
The coolest part is that the application is flexible enough that, compared to traditional load testing tools, testing for different loads of users-low, normal, high, etc.- doesn’t require nearly as much time and manpower. This holds down the cost and speed up the test itself.
When you’re moving your critical applications to the cloud, getting your load testing right is incredibly important. If you do not properly load test, then you are setting yourself up for disaster when you launch your application. Instead of investing in load testing tools that are expensive and cumbersome, invest in tools like AppLoader that are specially designed to efficiently test your application cloud application in a realistic way. This allows you to properly gauge how ready your application is.