Web and mobile applications today perform many critical business transactions. With an ever increasing user base, applications must be able to scale to meet the increased demand in transaction processing. While application performance monitor tools such as a Java monitoring tool perform a vital role in capturing and analyzing performance data for resolution of any performance issues, load testing of applications is equally or even more important. A load testing tool exposes an application to real-world workloads before and after an application is deployed. This allows applications and their dependencies to be stressed under realistic conditions to reveal any performance or scalability problems.
Dynatrace offers a highly flexible load testing tool set for load testing modern web and mobile applications. The Dynatrace load testing solution is made up of three components:
Dynatrace Load – This is the main load testing tool from Dynatrace. Dynatrace Load is a managed load generation service. It leverages the BlazeMeter cloud to generate user load from around the world emulating real-world user scenarios for app performance monitoring. Dynatrace Load can scale up to one million concurrent users and supports CDNs, cloud services, mobile services and APIs, and streaming content. It can be integrated with an application’s build automation for continuous performance management with the flexibility of SaaS delivery.
Dynatrace Load Insights – This builds upon the Dynatrace Load managed service by providing Dynatrace consultants to plan and execute load tests for impending high traffic periods. Dynatrace consultants each average eight years of performance testing experience and can provide expert analysis and reporting resulting in high value-add over any competing load testing tool.
Dynatrace Load Insights 360 – This load testing tool builds on Dynatrace Load to enable code-level visibility during application transaction executions that are triggered by load tests. Dynatrace PurePath Technology® allows drilling down to code level to reveal root-causes of performance problems.
Benefits of using a load testing tool from Dynatrace
Dynatrace Load offers many benefits for load testing applications, including:
Low overhead. Dynatrace Load is delivered as a managed service. This is highly advantageous as a managed service eliminates the logistics of deploying and maintaining load testing servers around the world yourself and allows you to focus on core application development.
Instant access to virtual test users. The Dynatrace load testing tool utilizes the BlazeMeter cloud to generate instant, on-demand user load originating from nine worldwide geographies. User load generated through the Internet across multiple locations and networks provides realistic testing of your applications, at a variety of load levels.
Integration with other Dynatrace APM products. As part of Dynatrace’s comprehensive suite of APM products, Dynatrace Load can work in tandem with other Dynatrace products. For example, user patterns gleaned from Dynatrace User Experience Management can be factored into load test designs that are implemented into test scripts executed by Dynatrace Load.