Watch your network closely to determine where bottlenecks may occur

When it comes to load testing your website or network, it’s always a good idea to understand what it is exactly that you’re looking to learn before you start, otherwise you won’t really learn much of value. You have to have some kind of ballpark figure about the number of people connecting to your site at any given time, so that you can simulate the levels of traffic that you want to test for.

You can simulate higher levels of traffic if you want to prepare for the future and the inevitable growth in user traffic that you can expect sometime down the road, but you must have an idea of around how many people are likely to be logged onto your site at any given time. In addition to knowing the number of users who might be logged on to your site and clicking links on your pages to view linked pages, videos and images, among other content, you’ve got to figure out what an acceptable response time is for your site.

Testing Is The Beginning

You can’t really judge from testing whether or not your site is hitting the mark that you’d like to hit if you don’t have a pre-established idea of how long users should have to wait at a maximum for a response when they click a link to get different pages and different media from your site.

To accomplish this, many people use SOASTA software for load testing, which can let administrators monitor their networks while simulated traffic is put on the network, and that lets the administrator figure out whether or not the enterprise is functioning as it should or not. While load testing does not find bugs in a system it can help the administrator find slow points in the site that will likely cause slowdowns when processing the day to day traffic that flows through the system.

Getting The Mobile Covered

Even more challenging still for the administrator is getting a handle on all of the mobile apps that have now been put into play by the many people who are using their smart phones, iPads and other mobile devices to access your network. The challenges to keep up with app traffic is substantial, but testing is one way that can help administrators see whether or not apps are conflicting with the operating system or other software deployed on their networks.

For many, SOASTA software for mobile app testing helps to prevent system overloads and allows the administrator to plan for the future and maintain an even balance for the traffic demands that are constantly increasing. With a good suite of software for network testing administrators can do their part to prevent network slowdowns and service losses that would naturally occur without a careful eye overseeing the network.

About the author: Eric Blair writes about different kinds of testing software services provided by SOASTA, Inc.

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