StormRunner Load Review

The performance-evaluation feature helped us find a "missing" metric that affected our response time.


Valuable Features:

The charts dashboard, especially the results screen, is the most valuable feature. I’ve also configured the tests, so I’ve also used the test definition page, which is very easy to use, self-explanatory, and simple. The real value comes from the results screen.

Improvements to My Organization:

StormRunner Load helped us evaluate the performance of the product version we were about to launch. It showed us bottlenecks, where our product reaches its limits, and different characteristics that affect this. For example, we had metrics we thought were affecting our response time. Initially we thought there were two metrics, but we found another significant metric we should have taken into account. Without StormRunner Load we wouldn’t have known about this "missing" metric.

Room for Improvement:

I think the report page could be improved, although we have used the reporting feature. It wasn’t accurate enough to use as a report that I could send my managers. I had to take additional screenshots to help fill in the reporting. I actually, ultimately, generated a report on my own.

Use of Solution:

I've been using it for two months.

Deployment Issues:

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues:

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues:

No issues encountered.

Previous Solutions:

There was no previous solution in place.

ROI:

This solution immediately helped us to determine the priorities for what to develop next and where we would reach our limits. Because we had a clear prediction, we knew when it would be urgent to develop features, in various cases. Before StormRunner Load, we didn’t have a clear developer roadmap, and now its very clear where we should invest, our weakest links, and what we need to do to strengthen weak links.

If you’re using third-parties for networking, cloud based servers, load balancer, VPN providers etc., all of them should be informed about the expected load. We had a VPN provider that was expecting thirty users per hour and calibrated accordingly, and the minute we started our load test it shut down. This third-party was not ready. Once we informed them that we were increasing our load, they increased their ability to support the load test.

Other Solutions Considered:

No, this was my first choice.

Other Advice:

It is very cost effective to start with a low number of virtual users for a short amount of time in order to verify that your company system is running properly. Start with a small load test, run it until completion, verify that you see the logs you intended to see, and all people involved in the environment are ready to see what they expected.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: I used to work for HP.
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