Switching to a New Breed of Application and Performance Testing

With the continued growth of applications being used in and out of an organization, getting a firm grasp on the performance of these devices and its impact on your environment is important. With this shift in applications everywhere enterprises need to do their due diligence in testing complex modern applications at scale, often and at a lower cost to stay competitive.

Understanding the market and this massive growth in applications, having a modern performance testing platform will ensure you can test streaming, API-based, and XML-based applications including set-top boxes and game stations among other application types.

With this growth and added complexity, how are your legacy performance testing solutions keeping up?

The short answer is that they aren’t. Legacy performance testing platforms have their place and are still required to ensure past investments can be monitored. But today’s enterprise application performance requires the ability to test advanced test script generation tools, make scripting easier and scale load testing at record high capacity levels.

We have been watching this trend for years and have seen a major shift in performance testing needs. To keep up with the testing demand there are a number of feature requirements needed in order to be called a modern performance testing platform:

  • Mega-scale load testing–load testing should scale up to millions of users within seconds to emulate the speed and scale of virtually any high-profile event worldwide.
  • Support a wide variety of devices and application types–The platform should be optimized to support multiple devices, implementations, and Operating Systems. including iPhones/ mobile devices, set-top boxes, game stations, and IoT devices.
  • Scripting simplicity–the script generation tool should provide easy-to-use script and graphical user interface (GUI) options creating scripts with minimal time and effort. Users should also be able to access code directly for advanced scripting, not only via the GUI.
  • Support for capacity planning, including “prescale clustering”–The Cloud, by definition, has no capacity limit, and many organizations rely on dynamic scaling to address usage spikes. Users should be able to determine the number of machines required in each cluster to support a given number of users.
  • Cloud, on-premises, or hybrid–Users should be able to use the same test platform and scripts from the cloud, on-premises, or via a hybrid model.
  • Built for DevOps–Rich API support for test automation and command control of the full test process should allow the integration between Operations and Development to be as seamless as possible.
  • Built-in correlation, either as a standalone solution or integrated with other platforms–Solutions should offer unique correlations to integrate metrics with cloud platforms, APM solutions, and similar products to provide detailed insights into the actual source of a detected performance or availability problem.
  • Application optimization–Customers should be able to load test against specific functions of an application to determine how well it performs as the number of users escalates. Any modified code can then be retested to make sure the problem was addressed.
  • Security-related load testing–The solution should be able to simulate Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks based on both volume and malware traffic patterns. This allows users to validate and simulate diverse types of traffic for defense systems and services while concurrently simulating normal system loads.
  • Broad partner network–Interoperability with a broad partner network should provide analytics and script-based testing with APM, infrastructure monitoring, CDN monitoring, and similar capabilities.

With all of these features, it is clear that you need to implement a new breed of application and performance testing, but you have invested so much into a legacy tool?

Whether you are using the LoadRunner test tool or another legacy testing platform you can quickly see that they no longer have the capabilities needed to keep up with the modern application-driven world. Apica is that modern solution that will help you meet the speed, scalability and stability requirements to ensure your applications perform as expected.

But how do you switch performance monitoring platforms to best serve you current investment? The answer is we make it easy but taking say a native LoadRunner solution and quickly import them right into the platform so you can continue to leverage the scripting through the Apica language. This means you can conserve your investment and get the modern performance monitoring you need.

It is time to make the switch to support new modern technology while continuing to drive performance on existing investments. Apica is a modern platform that supports more devices while supporting legacy solutions. Having the right high-level performance testing solution creates a stronger business advantage and will put you ahead of the game in a very competitive environment.

You can make the switch from legacy to modern investments easily with Apica through our automated solution and our support team that can help convert thousands of scripts.

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Sven Hammar
Sven Hammar Sven Hammar is founder and CPO of Apica. Sven has decade-long experience and expertise in web performance, load testing and security.