The Use of Jmeter for Performance Testing of Client’s Website

Testing plays a crucial role in every web application and it is vital because both the business owners and the users want a bug free application. The major goal of testing is not only to find the bugs, but also to eliminate the performance bottlenecks. Performance tests basically reveal how the system behaves and responds in different situations. An application may run well with 1000 concurrent users, but its performance may become low as the load increases. It is important to attain high speed, stability and scalability of the system even on high load.

JMeter is an open source Java application that is designed to test and measure the load and performance of an application. It is used to simulate loads of various test scenarios and output performance reports in several ways that includes XML files, graphs and CSV. Apache JMeter is used to test the performance of both static and dynamic resources and it is used to check heavy load on servers, group of servers, networks to analyze the overall performance under various load types.

IDS Logic offers a customized performance testing by using JMeter. Concurrent user load is usually created to simulate different usage scenarios for the specific application and the system is checked by simulating normal functions. Further analysis of the application is done by capturing the data and monitoring the application server and the database server by using numerous monitors. We have used JMeter tool to test the performance of various applications and here we will discuss how we have implemented it in one of our client’s projects.

The client is a leading service provider of local information on fun things to do in their local areas and also offers a wide range of information related to kids and family. The client enjoyed an unsurpassed reputation for responsiveness, reliability and flexibility. But with the growth of the site and the users, they wanted an extensive performance testing of those pages that observed huge load. The client wanted to simulate critical performance intensive scenarios so as to check the capacity of the site.

Our testing team in IDS Logic underwent a thorough analysis of the application to identify the distinct testing requirements and then we defined a QA strategy that was compatible to the testing needs of the client’s application. As they wanted a performance testing solution that was based on open source tools, we decided to use the performance test strategy by using JMeter.

Our Approach:

After a thorough analysis we defined performance test strategy and QA plan and detailed test cases for web service layer.  We then identified the realistic and stable test data that was needed for testing and also checked the performance test environment that was much similar to the final environment.

Our team of expert JMeter testers then monitored various parameters of the desired infrastructure by devising monitoring strategy. The testers developed test scripts with automatic capture of monitoring data and reports of the performance measures of all transactions.

Our JMeter testers also analyzed server performance by executing a well-planned QA process and strategy. Although our client provided us an idea of the potential number of users, but still there was a challenge to find the bottlenecks of the system, so that it could be upgraded to upper versions and all the essential changes could be made to enhance the performance of the site.
Monitoring was a crucial part and we had developed a strategy to keep an eye on the execution of the test so that we could get a clear picture of how the application and the server were behaving before load, on-load and after-load.

Some Benefits to The Client:

After executing a well-planned performance strategy, our client gained the following benefits.

Improved response time: After the testing was done and appropriate changes made, our client observed improved response time of their website.

Improved traffic:  As the client was expecting an increased traffic in the coming days, the first report saw enhanced traffic and the site was also able to perform as per expected number of users.

Identify server requirement: Our client analyzed the performance data and the report helped them to get a clear vision about the current performance of the server and accordingly identify and change the infrastructure requirements.

It is with the help of JMeter that the slowest transactions were identified in various sections and after a thorough analysis of the issues, the data access patterns were modified and changes were introduced.

Thus to conclude, we at IDS Logic offer excellent JMeter Performance testing services to our clients at reasonable pricing and all our customized solutions can be used to test both static and dynamic sites.

If you have any website that needs a thorough performance testing, then get in touch with us as we can help you to enhance the performance of your site and attain specific business objectives.

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