Build Your Custom Performance Testing Framework

Prashant Suri, Rackspace

Performance testing requires knowledge of systems architecture, techniques to simulate the load equivalent of sometimes millions of transactions per day, and tools to monitor/report runtime statistics. With the evolution from desktop to web and now the cloud, performance testing involves an unparalleled combination of different workloads and technologies. There is no one tool available—either commercial or open source—that meets all performance testing needs. Some tools act as load generators; others only monitor system resources; and many only operate for specific applications or environments. Prashant Suri shares the essential components you need for a comprehensive performance test framework and explores why each component is required for a holistic test. Learn how to develop your custom framework―starting with parsing test scripts in a predefined format, iterating over test data, employing distributed load generators, and integrating test monitors into the framework. Discover how building your own framework gives you flexibility to challenge multiple performance problems—and save thousands of dollars along the way.

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