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Load testing in the cloud

When it comes to testing, an increasing share of companies are concentrating on burst testing to push their software closer to the breaking point. They’re spinning up a large number of virtual users and then pointing them at the systems under test in a large burst over a period of time. This simulates heavy traffic generated from sales, promotions, big events, or retail days like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, when a heavy load can wreak havoc on a system.

Those working on performance tests can start up a test for a short amount of time and only pay for the minutes they use.

The value of the cloud is obvious in the answers to the questions about the average size and duration of a load test.

While the number of simulated users is growing, duration isn’t long enough to make a dedicated test facility economical. The tests are usually not very long; only eight percent reported running tests that routinely lasted more than 24 hours. Most of the survey respondents (54 percent) said that their tests ran between 4 and 12 hours.

The largest companies are also the ones who are most likely to be using the cloud. Only nine percent said that they don’t use the cloud for testing, typically because their security policies didn’t permit them to expose their data to the cloud.
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