Now Is The Time To Begin Cloud Based Load Testing
What is cloud-based load testing?Cloud-based load testing involves the usage of cloud infrastructure provided by various cloud providers to test the limits of websites, APIs, applications, and other online services. Vendors typically integrate with providers like Amazon, Rackspace, Google, IBM, Azure and build a functional layer on top of their API allowing for ease of use and scale. Benefits of using cloud-based load testing:
- Affordably generate realistic load and avoid outdated techniques to approximate live production conditions or full-scale load generation.
- Spin up load generators in the cloud in minutes with just few clicks and scale load generators based on your requirements.
- Lower capital and operational costs with an on-demand infrastructure.
- Cloud-based testing providers offer a cost-effective means of testing applications at scale – as opposed to a lab environment that simulates a small subset of the actual production volumes.
- No longer restricted by licensing issues allowing you to test your site to almost an unlimited number of users.
- Prices are based on hourly rates or subscription type models. Pay for what you use – no more, no less.
- Load generators are available across the globe, thus allowing the testing to simulate production like geographic distribution.
- Network bottlenecks are of less concern due to large bandwidth availability for most of the cloud providers.
- You don’t maintain the hardware, network or maintenance. Turn it on when you need. Turn it off when you don’t
- While the cost of cloud-based load testing is typically lower, they can rise quickly and pricing can be confusing. Ensure proper planning is conducted and that estimates are created based on actual project needs so project budgets are not broken.
- Security can be a concern due to the public nature of cloud testing which might be a deterrent depending on your project’s requirements. Although all vendors are making great strides to improve security and offerings like Amazon EC2’s VPC make things very secure.