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ALSO CALLED: Stress Testing
DEFINITION: Stress testing is the process of determining the ability of a computer, network, program or device to maintain a certain level of effectiveness under unfavorable conditions. The process can involve quantitative tests done in a lab, such as measuring the frequency of errors or system crashes. The term also refers to qualitative evaluation of factors such as availability or resistance to denial-of-service  … 
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E-Zine: Software Testing Vol.3: This Issue of Software Testing Delves Into Mobile Application and Regression Testing
sponsored by IBM
EZINE: This e-zine covers the topic of testing and retesting defects and cites the Blackberry blackouts of 2007 and 2008 as examples of issues that could have been detected by regressing testing.
Posted: 09 Dec 2010 | Published: 09 Dec 2010

IBM

E-Book: Exchange Server 2010: Migration and Testing
sponsored by Iron Mountain.
EBOOK: The buzz surrounding Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 isn’t just noise; however, new features fall short without proper setup. Get the lowdown on how to install, test, and protect your Exchange upgrade. Read this E-Book to learn more.
Posted: 08 Jul 2010 | Published: 08 Jul 2010

Iron Mountain.

Rapid Bottleneck Identification - A Better Way to do Load Testing
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Rapid bottleneck identification (RBI) is a new testing methodology that allows quality assurance (QA) professionals to very quickly uncover Web application performance limitations and determine the impact of those limitations on the end user experience.
Posted: 12 Oct 2009 | Published: 01 Jun 2009

Oracle Corporation

Software Testing Vol.3: This Issue of Software Testing Delves Into Mobile Application and Regression Testing
sponsored by SearchSoftwareQuality.com
EZINE: This ezine covers the topic of testing and retesting defects and cites the Blackberry blackouts of 2007 and 2008 as examples of issues that could have been detected by regressing testing.
Posted: 27 Jul 2009 | Published: 27 Jul 2009

SearchSoftwareQuality.com

Load Testing 2.0 - The Next Generation of Load Testing for the Web 2.0 World
sponsored by Gomez
WHITE PAPER: Read this paper to learn why Load Testing 2.0 solutions are needed and who benefits. Learn best practices to get business value out of advanced load testing features, the limits of load testing 1.0 solutions, how today's approach complements existing 1.0 solutions, and what factors are important for selecting successful Load Testing 2.0 solutions.
Posted: 09 Jul 2009 | Published: 09 Jul 2009

Gomez

Best Practices for Provisioning Databases for Test and Development
sponsored by Informatica
WHITE PAPER: Best practices and new technologies available for provisioning databases for test and development environments are outlined in this white paper. Using this as a guide, organizations can save time and resources, meet regulatory compliance standards, and streamline database provisioning processes for test and development environments.
Posted: 01 Apr 2009 | Published: 16 Jan 2009

Informatica

Automatic Load Balancing Relieves Administrative Burden
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
ANALYST BRIEF: Storage consolidation enables organizations to improve operational efficiency, reduce costs, and simplify management. But how does an organization ensure that consolidation does not cause performance issues? To avoid performance utilization problems administrators should provision storage so that loads are balanced across resources evenly.
Posted: 25 Mar 2009 | Published: 01 Dec 2008

Dell, Inc.

HP LoadRunner Software Tips and Tricks for Configuration Scripting and Execution
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
PRODUCT LITERATURE: This guide is intended to help new users and seasoned professionals learn new ways to design and implement successful load testing initiatives using HP LoadRunner.
Posted: 01 Aug 2008 | Published: 01 Aug 2008

Hewlett-Packard Company

Measuring & Monitoring Flash-Based Web 2.0 Applications
sponsored by Keynote Systems
SOFTWARE DEMO: This video presentation covers the power of Flash, and what it takes to provide a superior Flash-based end-user experience, dealing with content-heavy pages and how to deliver the best web performance and availability.
Posted: 08 Feb 2008 | Premiered: 07 Feb 2008

Keynote Systems

Understanding the Network Impact on Application Load Testing
sponsored by Shunra Software
WHITE PAPER: Delivering an application without considering the target network is not sufficient for load testing. Read this white paper that details a new solution for testing to make sure that application performance is optimal across the board.
Posted: 22 Oct 2007 | Published: 22 Oct 2007

Shunra Software

PRTG Traffic Grapher Version 6
sponsored by Paessler AG
SOFTWARE DEMO: PRTG Traffic Grapher monitors and categorizes data traffic within a network to provide accurate results about network traffic and usage trends. It displays the results in various easy to read graphs and tables.
Posted: 10 Sep 2007 | Premiered: 10 Sep 2007

Paessler AG

Load Testing for Web 2.0: Simplifying Performance Validation for Rich Internet Applications
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: While rich next generation applications promise a radically improved customer experience, they also have the potential to overwhelm your servers. This paper examines a set of sophisticated tools for load testing your new high -powered apps.
Posted: 14 Jun 2007 | Published: 01 Aug 2008

Hewlett-Packard Company

The Scalability Revolution: From Dead End to Open Road
sponsored by GigaSpaces Technologies Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Learn how applications can improve performance and achieve linear scalability by switching from a tier-based model to space-based architecture (SBA).
Posted: 06 Mar 2007 | Published: 01 Feb 2007

GigaSpaces Technologies Inc.

What You Should Expect from Load Testing Web Applications
sponsored by Quotium Technologies
WHITE PAPER: This white paper details the necessary steps to collect and leverage Web application test data and ensure an entire Web environments' ability to sustain concurrent users and transactions.
Posted: 23 Feb 2007 | Published: 01 Feb 2007

Quotium Technologies

Load Testing: Mitigating Risk before Go-live
sponsored by Mercury
WHITE PAPER: The role of enterprise software is to facilitate and optimize business processes. Testing of new, upgraded, and newly integrated software applications, before they go live, is one proven way to mitigate the risk.
Posted: 16 Nov 2006 | Published: 01 Nov 2006

Mercury

Cisco Wide Area Applications Services (WAAS) Report
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Learn how Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) can accelerate a range of business applications, including Microsoft Exchange, file sharing and web applications.
Posted: 16 Oct 2006 | Published: 01 Oct 2006

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Integrating Load Testing with Development Analysis
sponsored by Compuware Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Ensuring user responsiveness in distributed enterprise applications doesn't have to be difficult. Learn how to provide information needed to diagnose and fix performance issues by combining solutions for load testing and performance analysis.
Posted: 15 Aug 2006 | Published: 01 Jan 2005

Compuware Corporation

How to Successfully Automate the Functional Testing Process
sponsored by Borland Software Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This white paper provides practical insight into the lessons learned by those who have successfully automated the functional testing process.
Posted: 24 May 2006 | Published: 01 May 2006

Borland Software Corporation

Choosing a Load Testing Strategy
sponsored by Borland Software Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Compromising performance testing means applications are prone to failure, users cannot trust them, and developers and IT spend their time chasing problems rather than building the next generation application.
Posted: 24 May 2006 | Published: 01 Apr 2006

Borland Software Corporation

Mercury Customer Perspective: How to Automate Testing - without Aggravating Testers
sponsored by Mercury
WHITE PAPER: This white paper gives practical advice, based on the experiences and lessons learned by Michael Anthony of Iron Mountain, about how to integrate automation into testing processes - without alienating your testing team.
Posted: 06 Mar 2006 | Published: 01 Jan 2005

Mercury

Mercury Customer Perspective: Mercury LoadRunner - Tips and Tricks for Configuration, Scripting, and Execution
sponsored by Mercury
WHITE PAPER: This guide provides tips and tricks for Mercury LoadRunner® configuration, scripting, and execution. Learn best practices from experienced Mercury LoadRunner users.
Posted: 06 Mar 2006 | Published: 01 Jan 2005

Mercury

Application Performance Lifecycle Management: Reduce Time, Effort, and Cost in Pre-production, Production
sponsored by Mercury
WHITE PAPER: Application performance problems continue to occur, despite the strides companies have made with performance testing and tuning technologies.
Posted: 20 Dec 2005 | Published: 01 Dec 2005

Mercury

Rapid Bottleneck Identification™: A Better Way to Load Test
sponsored by Empirix
WHITE PAPER: RBI can have a dramatic impact on the productivity of your testing team, and on the quality of your applications.
Posted: 20 Sep 2005 | Published: 01 Sep 2005

Empirix

CitraTest™ VU
sponsored by Tevron
PRODUCT OVERVIEW: CitraTest VU, the ideal load modeling solution for applications deployed via Citrix MetaFrame/Citrix NFuse/Microsoft Terminal Services.
Posted: 30 Jun 2004 | Published: 01 Jun 2004

Tevron

Web Load Testing Services: Overview
sponsored by AlertSite
PRODUCT OVERVIEW: AlertSite load testing services help determine how well online applications scale under the stress of user demand.
Posted: 13 Jun 2004 | Published: 01 Jun 2004

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LOAD TESTING DEFINITION (continued): …  (DoS) attacks. Stress testing is often done in conjunction with the more general process of performance testing.When conducting a stress test, an adverse environment is deliberately created and maintained. Actions involved may include: Running several resource-intensive applications in a single computer at the same time Attempting to hack into a computer and use it as a zombie to spread spam Flooding a server with useless e-mail messagesMaking numerous, concurrent attempts to access a single Web site Attempting to infect a system with viruses, Trojans, spyware or other malware.The adverse … 
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