London, United Kingdom, March 30, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Acutest (http://www.acutest.co.uk), the UK software testing company, has announced the launch of its VLS spike testing service extension for its cloud load testing service: the Load Cannon. The Load Cannon, which was launched in 2009, is an element of Acutest’s Testing-as-a-Service solution and has proved popular with Acutest’s customers. Hosted in the UK, the Load Cannon combines structured testing methods; risk-based test techniques; load generators; performance monitors, web load testing tools and experienced performance testing consultants.
The VLS spike testing service allows organisations to generate very large loads of users and transactions to test their web-sites, web enabled applications and web services.
“The Load Cannon has always been capable of simulating a high volume of transactions or heavy load of users,” said Barry Varley, Managing Director of Acutest. “But now we have extended its capacity to generate very large scale loads and this capability has been successfully used in web load tests for our clients. Website launches, product roll-outs and seasonal peaks are the usual drivers for our cloud load testing service. Now we’re finding that the move to virtualized infrastructures is also becoming an important trigger for performance testing.”
“But scaling up the service efficiently is not just about increasing capacity. For example, many of our larger clients use Akamai as part of their web solution. This introduces an additional set of challenges compared to some typical web load testing assignments. Akamai is a proven service so you do not want to spend all your load testing effort testing its caching capabilities or testing a single Akamai regional point of presence. Acutest have developed a load test approach for this scenario which allows realistic testing of your core web solution, but also covers proving the efficiency of your Akamai implementation such as edge side includes.”
This load testing as a service is designed to be robust and quick to operate. And the pricing has been designed for the current economic climate. There are no testing tool license costs or restrictions such as rental periods. Most importantly there are no additional costs for simulating large volumes of users, or transactions. And you only pay for what you use.
“The VLS spike testing service has also been used by customers who already have load testing solutions available,” added Varley. “This is because their existing performance testing solutions are often constrained by the number of virtual users they can simulate for testing. Adding the additional virtual users required can prove prohibitively expensive. Our cloud load test service has been used in these situations to create a cost effective, high volume spike test to complement the existing performance testing in-house options.”
Acutest, based in London, UK, is a provider of software testing and quality assurance solutions. These range from full managed and outsourced software testing services to specialist testing solutions, such as load and stress testing web applications, migration testing to Windows 7 and testing SAP implementations. For more information on this service, visit http://www.acutest.co.uk/acutest/load-testing or call on +44 (0)20-7917-2838.