LoadStorm 2.0 Provides Enterprise-Grade Performance Testing

CustomerCentrix has just released LoadStorm 2.0, a new cloud-based web performance testing tool that delivers cost-effective enterprise-class load testing required to ensure an organization’s web application or website performance under stressful loads. It can simulate hundreds of thousands of website visits and visitor actions from many geographic areas. Fully detailed reports then help users remedy web performance issues.

LoadStorm 2.0 is as a full-featured Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. The tool is available as self-service or bundled with professional performance engineering consulting. With consulting, LoadStorm’s performance engineers work closely with customers to meet their testing needs. This includes designing tailored test scripts, executing tests, analyzing results and / or providing optimization advice. The consulting services are designed to ensure clients get the most value from their testing and helps to avoid common mistakes.

Key Features

LoadStorm 2.0 boasts a variety of features. This includes a capability to easily record a test script without coding, which can then be modified within the LoadStorm application. Scripts allow testers to parameterize virtual user (VUser) actions from generated data or uploaded files. Actions include logins, shopping cart processes, searches, downloads, auction bidding, registration, and more. Testers also have access to real-time actionable analytics provided in graphs and reports. Customers can drill down into the performance metrics for specifics on a variety of elements. They include performance details on servers, scripts, resource types, VUser, or web pages. With this performance intelligence, testers can pinpoint scalability bottlenecks and potential problem areas in any web application.

Calculated performance metrics include response times, throughput, requests per second, error rate, data transferred, average throughput, and more. The testing tool also provides performance measurement of page completion times throughout the test. Realistic traffic is simulated and works like a Chrome/Firefox/Internet Explorer/or Opera browser. VUsers accurately put stress on the servers for all types of behavior such as AJAX-driven requests, form posts, parallel connections, and JSON payload transfers. Test scripts can be weighted during a test run in order to generate the correct percentage of VUsers signing-in, searching, and so on. Tests can be run for long durations to identify specific potential problems like memory leaks. For example, a test may run for eight hours with scheduled volume ramping patterns.

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