During this pandemic, the cloud infrastructure has enabled the world to collaborate and work remotely, and is now being looked as the preferred tool for business operations. The cloud marketplace has now evolved to a point where companies are completing their testing solutions and facilitating load testing in cloud-based applications. When performing load testing services, you need to setup a comprehensive testing infrastructure in order to run the tests under different load levels and achieve your desired results.
Cloud-Based Load Testing
The cloud marketplace has now evolved to a point where companies are completing their testing solutions and facilitating load testing in cloud-based applications. When performing cloud load testing services, you need not setup any comprehensive testing infrastructure in order to run the tests under different load levels and achieve your desired results.
Source: MRFR Analysis
Cloud Load Testing Architecture
Choosing The Cloud Load Testing Platform
Cloud VMs (such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, etc.) are available to execute load tests in a distributed environment. However, cloud-based load testing tools are now preferred for their ready-to-launch solutions and ease of test management.
Our team recommends considering the following when choosing a cloud testing platform:
The Load Testing Tools It Supports
Explore the load testing tools supported by the cloud platform.
How Adjustable Are the Load Test Settings
The cloud platform should have the necessary settings to configure the user load or test settings.
Testing on Internal Applications and Private Cloud
Verify that the tool allows you to run the tests on a private cloud and on internal applications.
How Extensive Are the Load Generators
Different tools use different cloud VMs to support load tests. Make sure to evaluate the VMs used by the tools and their configuration.
Ability To Monitor Load Generators
The health stats of load generators should be available in the system to identify their resources utilized during the load tests.
Support for Third-Party Tools
You should be able to integrate your tests with third party tools like monitoring tools and communication platforms.
How Is Cloud Beneficial To QA Teams?
to trigger performance tests from anywhere
Challenges With Cloud Load Testing
Load testing using cloud provides realistic performance results, but does present a few challenges. A few of these include cumbersome troubleshooting, different cloud components adding different results in tests, data security, and test result metrics being impacted due to run-time issues with load generators.
Let's discuss the best practices that will enable you to overcome these challenges.
Best Practices for Cloud Testing
- Use dockers to create identical load generators
- Include a high-performance test machine in the cloud that aids stability and accuracy of load generators
- Capacity planning will enable you to utilize minimum cloud resources and make your testing cost efficient
- Ensure that the monitoring system also applies to CDN, load generators, and firewalls for performance during tests
- Prior knowledge of cloud infrastructure is required to create an efficient environment for testing
- Have SLAs from the cloud providers for stable performance
- Ensure security at application and platform levels or run your tests on private networks to avoid any data breach
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