To avoid a poor performing Oracle application, you should run tests where you simulate the stresses that the application will be under before actually launching it into the live environment. These kinds of tests are known as load tests, and they can save you a great deal of trouble.
Many teams run into challenges when load testing their Oracle applications. This article will discuss these challenges and, in the end, fill you in on how to overcome these challenges.
Load testing has a bad reputation for being expensive. This is because traditional load testers require a large upfront investment in the load tester followed by additional fees in set-up, licensing and consulting. This doesn’t even count the labor costs for your team in coding and running these complicated load testers.
Another reason why load testing has a poor reputation is because it is believed to require a lot of time to set up and execute. Indeed, many traditional load testers take months to set up and execute simple load tests on Oracle applications.
The problem with the length of time that many load testers take, beyond the labor costs, is that they prevent you from launching your new application or upgrade. This means that the users cannot enjoy the application for an even longer period of time.
Many load testers on the market today do not work on all types of applications. Their complicated coding and set up requirements mean that many of them are not compatible with Oracle. If your company runs applications on multiple platforms, then going with traditional load testers would require you to purchase different load testers for each application.
If you are launching a new Oracle application, you may have a good estimate of how many users will be accessing the application at any given time. However, no matter how good your estimate is, there is a strong chance that at some point the application will be under more stress than you anticipate it being.
A flaw of many load testers on the market today is that they do not allow you to easily set up multiple load tests, which makes it hard to test for the expected level of stress along with a higher than expected level of stress.
The whole purpose of load testing is to identify bottlenecks where your applications underperform under a certain level of stress. A good load tester will give you data from the end-user’s point of view that will identify these bottlenecks so you can fix them. Unfortunately, many load testers on the market today do not give you such data, or if they do it is difficult to interpret.
The best load tester on the market today which overcomes these challenges is AppLoader. AppLoader is affordable. It is easy to set up and execute. It is protocol independent, which means that it works on Oracle applications along with all sorts of other applications.
AppLoader is flexible, which means that you can quickly and easily set up tests for different levels of stress. The data that AppLoader gives is from the end user’s point of view, which allows you to make the best possible adjustments to the application.
In order to avoid these challenges and get the most out of your load testing, you cannot go wrong by selecting AppLoader as your load tester.