Performance testing is vital in ensuring that everyday business applications perform as they should. As such, if you run a business, it is important that those applications that are critical to your company are thoroughly tested to ensure that they can withstand the strains and stresses of varying demands.
Sadly, the use of traditional/standard performance testing software requires a considerable investment of resources, time and money something that serves as an adoption barrier, leading to some companies limiting their performance testing. Standard on-premise testing is no longer able to deliver the required level of performance assuredness needed to be competitive in today’s fast-paced global marketplace.
For the best results, cloud-based performance is what you should consider going for as it offers better ways to test applications across different platforms and geos without breaking bank or slowing time-to-market. Cloud-based performance testing ensures aptitude even under the most extreme performance situations. When a test team deploys an already existing performance test script to a cloud-based load generator, the test’s load is created on a pre-configured system that’s provisioned by the cloud. As result, this eliminates the cost and effort required to extend on-premise testing infrastructure which only high-load scenarios would require.
At the same time, cloud-based performance testing services can be used to diagnose any performance-related issues as they arise giving testing teams the analytical data they need to precisely identify the location and nature of a problem for faster remediation. Diagnostics combined with on-premise performance monitors make it easier to understand the demands of a server’s infrastructure in a data center, providing transparency from end-to-end.
There are several benefits cloud-based performance testing offers businesses:
- Assured Performance
A cloud-based infrastructure is well-suited to generate the scalability and to meet the demands needed for business applications performance testing.
Cloud-based scalability and peak load testing takes advantage of the cloud’s ability to perform tests virtually and on-demand. All a business needs to do is schedule a test, and the required resources are made available automatically. This makes scheduling easier, eliminating the long delays associated with internally-managed hardware that’s verified and deployed by IT departments.
- Global Readiness
Cloud technologies enable performance management teams to not only assess their applications’ worldwide readiness but to also conduct application tests across the world by creating virtual users in different locations to see how their websites and applications can handle users from far and wide.
- Cost Control
The flexibility the cloud has to offer means that users can scale their computing resources as they see fit to ensure that website and application performance is as affordable as possible. Using utility-styled pricing, a company only pays for what it uses. This is unlike a traditional on-premise model, where companies would have to obtain computing power able to support large user tests for the entire lifetime of an application. This piece from Capita IT Professional Services exposes a lot of the benefits of cloud testing.
- Enterprise Application Coverage
Although a majority of modern applications are entirely browser-based, that’s often not the case for large business/enterprise applications. Some enterprises may have to try different system routes to find the most effective one especially considering the rate at which applications are now being made available on different handheld devices.
Combining the capabilities of cloud with traditional approaches creates an ideal model through which production performance can be realized with better economy and agility compared to using traditional approaches alone. Cloud-based performance testing makes it easier, effective and affordable for IT departments to manage heavy loads on applications and websites.
Sudheer Kiran is a digital marketing consultant & co-founder of the digital marketing agency DigitalVow that offers digital marketing services to small and medium-sized enterprises. He is passionate on covering topics like marketing, startups and entrepreneurship.