Used to build and execute load tests on websites and web applications, web load testing tools range from open-source software like Apache JMeter to cloud-based load testing services like BlazeMeter. By generating multiple concurrent virtual users, web load testing tools allow you to simulate conditions of normal to heavy load and monitor the behavior of your web sites and applications—and the underlying infrastructure—in response to those conditions.
With the wide variety of web load testing tools available now, finding the best solution for your needs can be difficult. Here are a few things you may want to prioritize when running a web load test and to take into consideration when choosing a web load testing tool:
For most organizations, using cloud-based web load testing tools will be the quickest, most affordable way to spin up a large volume of traffic at low cost, test their web applications and datacenter capabilities from various locations around the world, and find performance issues anywhere in the application delivery ecosystem.
Even with the right testing tool however, web application load testing is challenging. Isolating the cause of problems found in testing is difficult and time-consuming, particularly when multiple test cycles must be executed to narrow down the suspects. Out-of-the-box load testing reports don’t always provide actionable insight.
With Dynatrace, your teams can generate massive load from the cloud while capturing and analyzing key performance metrics on your entire application architecture, giving your developers and testing engineers the granular data they need to pinpoint the root cause of performance degradation and accelerate MTTR. Dynatrace Load Insights 360 is a unique load testing platform that combines deep-dive diagnostic capabilities with powerful cloud-based web load testing tools, letting your teams eliminate unnecessary test iterations and drill down to the problematic application tier or line of code in minutes.
For organizations that want to extend the performance testing life cycle into production environments, we’ve developed Dynatrace Synthetic Monitoring, an innovative web monitoring software solution that enables you to test each and every application component before launch and regularly monitor the end-to-end performance and availability of your web sites and applications once you’ve gone live.