Load Testing Tools
For enterprise level testing, there are packages such as Load Runner and WebKing that are available to support large systems. Parasoft's WebKing is an automated testing solution for creating, executing and managing functional and regression test suites. WebKing can also perform load testing, leveraging the existing functional tests to perform the load tests. Load Runner is a performance and load testing product by Hewlett-Packard used for examining system behavior and performance, while generating actual load.
There are open source options with similar capabilities, such as JMeter and TestMaker. JMeter is an Apache Jakarta project that can be used as a load testing tool for analyzing and measuring the performance of a variety of services, with a focus on web applications. PushToTest's TestMaker is a platform for test automation, service governance, and business service management. For Java developers, TestMaker is a framework for turning unit tests into functional tests, creating load and scalability tests, and creating service monitors automatically.
The tools mentioned above all require the tester to have dedicated servers. BrowserMob is another option available to testers who do not have access to a dedicated server. BrowserMob allows the user to define and schedule load tests over the Internet using 3rd party servers and virtual users to send a stream of data to the tester's site. Actual browsers are spawned, which makes this close to a real user experience.
LBi Software Experiences with Load Testing
For its Load Testing, LBi Software has had success with TestMaker, BrowserMob and JMeter.
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