Before an application or IT system is brought to market, it must go through numerous tests to determine if the product is working properly, including doing bug tests, checking performance and verifying if the system is ready to deploy. Load testing is one of the most common tests that is run on systems/applications.
What is Load Testing
Load testing is a type of system test designed to determine how well an application or system performs under normal or anticipated peak conditions. This is done by sending virtual users or requests to the system to determine how well it handles the traffic/requests.
Load testing is similar to stress testing. Stress testing, however, pushes the product past anticipated limits to determine the maximum number of users or requests a product can handle before it breaks. This is really designed to take it past expected levels into the realm of unrealistic requests. Load testing only pushes the product to within expected or peak capacity levels.
Load testing is done near the end of the development cycle. Basically, an application or system can’t be tested from the end-user perspective until it’s nearly done.
Why is Load Testing Important
Load testing basically mimics how a system or application will act when it is deployed as a finished product. Load testing helps developers determine if the system is doing what it’s designed to do. It can also help identify issues like pages not loading correctly, lag time, downtime and overall performance problems.
To protect a company’s reputation, it shouldn’t deploy an application or system that isn’t working properly. For example, if you launch your website, you want it to work right for everyone. You don’t want it to crash when the 1,000th person visits the site. Your company will look bad in the process. The purpose of load testing is to help a company determine if the system or app is ready to deploy and that it can handle all anticipated traffic.
If issues are identified during the load testing phase, these should be corrected. Then, the system or app should be tested again.
If your organization doesn’t have the capacity or enough in-house resources to keep up with the demands of quality assurance testing, consider outsourcing your QA needs to a qualified software quality assurance testing lab. Labs like iBeta Quality Assurance can work within your development and testing cycles. iBeta has a large infrastructure that is perfect for load testing to determine if your product can handle every day stress. Click here to learn more about our Load/Performance Testing services.