In this forthcoming series, we will be taking a comparative look at load testing tools and giving a brief overview of what they have to offer. When choosing a test tool there are many considerations and steps you can take to help make the right choice.
Some of these might include.
- Identifying the testing requirements
- Does it support the protocols and technologies you are using?
- Can the test cases be automated? Test cases may be too complex.
- Does the reporting output from the tool meet your expectations?
- Can the tool integrate into your CI/CD pipeline?
- Can testing be completed within the release cycles
- How quickly can the test scripts be updated when the application changes?
- Open source or commercial?
- Commercial tools will usually have an upfront cost with an annual license fee
- Cost of injector servers
- May need to get external resources
- Training costs for staff
- Shortlist tools and evaluate them on a project or pilot
- Can the vendor meet your potential support requirements?
- How frequently is the tool updated?
- Cost-Benefit Analysis
- What value will the test tool give?
- Will it meet your requirements?
- Will it justify the cost?
JMeter v NeoLoad
Apache JMeter application is a free and open-source load testing tool. It was written in Java. It was originally designed for testing web applications but later its scope has expanded. It is designed to load test for analysing and measuring the performance of a variety of services. It can be used to test performance on both static as well as dynamic resources such as dynamic web applications. It is useful to simulate a heavy load on a server, group of servers, network to review the performance of an application under different load conditions.
NeoLoad is a powerful load and performance testing software solution designed for web and mobile applications. It simulates a large number of users and analyses server behavior. It identifies performance bottlenecks and provides a solution to optimize the design and development of the application before they become expensive issues in production. It allows users to conduct load tests quickly, efficiently, and frequently. This means you can confidently deploy high-performance internet, intranet, or mobile applications regardless of what technologies. It even supports the newest technologies such as Flex, Silverlight, GWT, SPDY, JSON, and AJAX Push. It integrates with the Continuous Delivery platform as it provides an out-of-the-box CI plugin for Jenkins, TeamCity, Bamboo, XebiaLabs XL Release.
The table below compares the NeoLoad and Apache JMeter test tools.
The table below compares the NeoLoad and Apache JMeter test tools. Both tools offer similar features. JMeter has evolved over the years offering more in the way of plug-ins. However, before opting for a test tool, it should be evaluated thoroughly to make sure that it meets your testing needs. There will be easier and more expedient ways of doing things from one tool to another, which may increase the speed of the testing cycle, which in turn is important when the release frequency is high.
Performance testing tools play a crucial role in enabling organisations to avoid performance issues.
It is vital that businesses have their applications properly tested for performance to ensure that they function seamlessly.
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Specific performance testing tools can be used to efficiently test applications. To see how SQA Consulting may assist your company in performance testing your applications, please contact us.