Get Real ! The Importance of Realism for Web Site Capacity Assessment

Philip Joung, Caw Networks

What is meant by Internet realism during load testing/capacity assessment? Part of it is understanding the importance of not only carefully characterizing the behavior of visitors to a Web site, but also the behavior of the Internet itself. Contributing to this realism are important measures such as packet loss, link speeds, millions of IP addresses, browser emulation, SSL, and other factors that can cause significant performance issues. The Internet has all these issues, and testing with these values is an important part of gaining a clear picture of system performance right from the start. Philip Joung shows you the different factors and how each one can have a significant impact on your site's performance.

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