In this post we look at Microsoft Azure and its load testing services to help inform your decision when selecting a load testing tool for your websites and web applications. We’ll compare its features with our own tools at LoadView to see how it fares against our industry-leading platform and support.
Microsoft Azure Load Testing
Let’s start by looking at something Microsoft claims to have focused on with Azure since its inception: cloud security. It’s well known the Internet is rife with criminals who attempt to steal information:
“The immediate effects of a data breach are less known, yet they may be costly to a business. In the aftermath of a data breach, companies often face a slew of immediate financial consequences. A data breach may result in penalties from the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council. An additional fine may be imposed by regulatory authorities and card network brands, depending on the circumstances.”
Microsoft Azure claims to have put in a decent amount of effort into securing their users’ information. There are various ways in which load testing can help you secure your users’ data against cyberthreats. An ill-performing website can create open gateways for malicious software (malware) or viruses. This can give bad actors direct access to sensitive information such as medical records, credit cards, and other personal information. Load testing provides your developers the insights they need to protect your users.
The immediate removal of bugs and errors that complicate your website’s functionality is only possible through a solid load testing tool. Load testing helps your website build resilience, and can eliminate to a great degree potential threats that pose a serious security risk to your business and users. That’s why it’s important to invest in a load testing tool that creates a safer user experience for your users without compromising quality.
Autoscaling With Microsoft Azure
Any application is the sum of its parts, but just how many of these parts are utilized depends on a variety of factors and can be very difficult to predict. Depending on volume, these parts get utilized to different degrees. Seeing changing CPU usage, memory, and bandwidth with respect to volume can get hectic and proper analysis demands in-depth analysis of all the features used. On top of this, developers need to look at the requirements for each of these features. Azure Autoscale leverages automation technology that can help your web application or website allocate resources according to need.
Resource allocation thresholds are disadvantageous for a reason. They can stop the flow of certain features to the end-user because a limitation has been set. Microsoft Azure releases resources as per the requirement of the user, not compromising on service quality, and generating results as desired.
Autoscaling works in both directions. Depending on usage levels, autoscaling will increase or decrease the amount of resources involved in a transaction, allowing for more effective delivery when in need, and the conservation of important parts of the application. We can also alter the number of virtual machines active in any system, thereby scaling according to the requirements of the user. If, in case, additional resources are needed to run a specific program, Microsoft Azure is capable of alerting you and asking for permissions to utilize the reserves.
Load Testing and Security
Microsoft’s Azure tests the website along the different parts of its development. Each feature is thoroughly tested for any leakages. These leaks can then be fixed after root-cause analysis that helps developers find the source of the problem.
This alone isn’t enough, however. So Microsoft enhances its features by giving you the option to assess post-incident reviews where you can determine what faulted. This comprehensive approach helps developers build websites that can sustain long-term use and difficult, stress-based scenarios.
Over time a website’s server may stop delivering results because it has become overloaded with requests. An overloaded server also affects CPU usage, and resource utilization can reach peak levels. This may cause the hardware and the software performance to deteriorate and provide entry points for malicious software to penetrate the system. A slow website will also have other negative effects on your business.
“47% of consumers expect websites to load in two seconds or less and 46% of users don’t revisit poorly performing websites. If a user is using the mobile device then he/she can leave the site it takes longer than 5 seconds to load. Engineers at Google have also discovered that the search result is less if the page load time is slower than 0.4 seconds.”
In order to avoid attacks from cybercriminals, it’s important to utilize resources in the most efficient way possible. Any lingering parts of your website that take up too many resources need to perform at optimized levels to keep your system safe. An easy-to-read report post load testing, like we offer at LoadView, allows for an integrated load testing and development process so you can deliver your users the most secure and best experience.
The Usability of LoadView
A load testing tool is only as helpful as its interface. At LoadView, we’ve created a platform that’s easy to use for both technical and non-technical users. Users new to load testing will find LoadView intuitive and backed by industry-leading support. Technical users will rapidly discover LoadView cuts through the noise and makes regular load testing simple, efficient, and effective without fuss or a steep learning curve.
LoadView, Microsoft Azure & Other Options
There are many load testing tools available in the market that support different programming languages. A technical person who has superior knowledge of these languages will typically have no problem running test scripts on these platforms. That said, not everyone will find these tools easy to use or accessible.
At LoadView, we’re committed to accessibility for users of our platform, which means we’ve focused on creating a set of tools practically anyone can use. You shouldn’t need to know how to code a website or web application in order to properly load test it, and even if you’re an experienced developer, load testing should be efficient and easy so you can focus more on gathering insights to turn into actionable development.
Take for example our EveryStep Recorder, a tool at LoadView that allows you to simply point, click, and record complex user interactions with no coding or scripting experience necessary. This allows you to rapidly create complex, real browser, real user interactions on your website for the purposes of load testing at scale. At LoadView you can simulate a log in, checkout, or any other complex user experience on your website simply by recording a given series of actions in your browser, run your test, gather results, and take action. Nothing on the market compares.
LoadView Tops Microsoft Azure for Accessibility
LoadView stands out from Microsoft Azure for our industry-leading support, accessibility for non-technical users, and ease of use that makes it easy to integrate load testing into every stage of your development process.
At LoadView, we help you save resources and time, which you and your team can then use to improve and secure your websites and applications for your users based on actionable insights. Start load testing today in minutes with a free LoadView trial.