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Testing Cloud Applications: How to Create a Load Test Scenario on the Cloud

Cloud Application Testing


When you move your critical applications to the cloud, load testing is immensely important. If you do not properly simulate how your applications will perform when they are used, then you cannot launch your application with confidence. This can have disastrous consequences if it turns out that your application cannot handle the number of users that it needs to.

The danger is that load testing can be expensive and delay the launch of your application, especially if you use traditional testing methods. We would like to help you avoid making testing errors that can lead to these things. If you want to create and execute a successful test on the cloud, then you need to implement the steps described in this article.

Step 1: Define test strategy, especially what you want to measure.

It is important to go into your tests with a plan. If you have a plan, then you will know exactly what you are looking for with your tests. In general, you should load test your application at low usage, normal usage, and high usage. When you put in the time before your tests to determine exactly what kinds of tests you are performing and what results you are seeking, then your test will be much more efficient in its use of time and resources. Planning will help your tests run smoother, which will reduce the amount that you will spend on using the cloud.                                                               

Step 2: Prepare your infrastructure.

Regardless of what type of cloud you are using, you need to define and set up the infrastructure requirements that are necessary to support your testing environment. This means properly determining how much bandwidth you will need, the types of software and hardware that will enable your tests, and how long you will need to deploy these resources.

Step 3: Select quality service providers

Perhaps the most important decision that you make when moving your critical applications to the cloud are selecting service providers that will reliably and securely facilitate your tests. The best service providers have an extensive amount of feedback, have clear terms and conditions, and allow you to quickly set up and tear down your testing environments.

Step 4: Execute your test and measure its results

Now that you have properly planned and set up your test, it’s time to execute it and gather the necessary data. If you properly implemented the previous three steps, then you should be able to execute the load test as efficiently as possible.

As you can see with these steps, choosing the right application with which to perform your load tests is critical to achieving the highest level of efficiency with your load tests. AppLoader is a cloud load testing program that allows you to simulate normal and high levels of usage of your application. By simulating the end-user’s experience, AppLoader gives you the data that you need to gauge how well your application will perform when it is launched.

Best of all, AppLoader is more cost effective and faster than traditional testing tools!