Perhaps the most important consideration when load testing your critical healthcare applications is the load tester with which you will be conducting your test. Selecting the wrong load tester can turn load testing into a horrible waste of time and money. On the other hand, if you select the right load tester, then you can quickly and cost-effectively get data that will identify problems in your application’s performance.
When it comes to cost effectiveness, traditional load testers fall flat on their face. Traditional load testers are complicated to set up. By the time you do set them up, you have invested in high upfront costs, high consulting fees along with the cost of your own labor. This doesn’t even include the cost of your time, which is high given how long it usually takes to set up a traditional load test.
AppLoader is a very different kind of load tester. Unlike traditional load testers, AppLoader is protocol independent and runs as a simple but powerful piece of software. There are no consulting and licensing fees attached AppLoader, and it can be set up, executed and adjusted quickly. It is far more cost effective and efficient than traditional load testers.
But what about the quality of the data? Getting the right data is, of course, the most important part of load testing. The whole purpose of load testing is to see whether or not your application will perform the way that it is supposed to perform when it goes live. Given how important the performance of your healthcare applications are to their users and ultimately to the patients, you want to avoid performance issues as much is possible.
You will get the best data when you test from the end-user’s point of view. Unfortunately, many traditional load testers do not effectively test from the end user’s point of view. As a result, it is more difficult to identify where the actual problems are in the applications performance.
On the other hand, AppLoader is a load tester that tests from the end-user’s point of view. It presents this data and a well-organized and easy to interpret set of charts and tables. You can take that data and very quickly identify the problem areas.
From a practical standpoint, AppLoader is the best load tester for healthcare companies because it can be used on multiple applications even if those applications run on different protocols. You would have to buy separate traditional load testers to perform load tests on a cloud application and a Java application. AppLoader, on the other hand, can be easily used on both.
Given that AppLoader is easier, more cost effective, efficient and effective than traditional load testers, it is the best load tester on the market today for load testing healthcare applications.