Organizations use load and performance testing to prevent issues from impacting customers, which is essential if they want to stay relevant in today’s digital-first world. And with the rise of cloud native technology and DevOps, software teams must shift performance testing left, towards development. However, traditional load and performance testing tools simply haven’t kept pace, leaving developers, operations, and QA teams siloed.
Continuous load testing is a powerful way of preparing for surges in traffic, without needing real users. Imagine you're a software engineer working on a website that's seen a recent surge in traffic. Despite initial testing indicating that the website should be capable of handling the increased load, the website crashes during peak hours. Load Testing is the process of simulating real-world usage of a website or application. The continuous version is when you integrate it into your development process as part of a CI/CD pipeline.
Load testing, which is as a type of non-functional testing that puts a structure or system under pressure and measures its response, might sound boring. In reality the entire process of planning, estimating, and implementing load tests against the system is like putting together pieces of a complex puzzle, and it can be a lot of fun.