Load Impact Alternatives:
Real Browser-based load testing with LoadView by Dotcom-Monitor

 

Designed with DevOps in mind, LoadView removes the time-consuming tasks of performance testing, so users can focus on executing tests.

Scalability and Infrastructure

See how your websites and applications scale under load within your systems.

EveryStep Web Recorder

Point and click scripting tool – no scripting experience required!

AWS and Google Cloud

Utilize the most reliable cloud platforms with locations around the world.

Performance Reports

Detailed reporting and waterfall charts give insight into system bottlenecks.

Understand your performance limits and scale with confidence

Gain insight into performance metrics that are vital for capacity planning and scaling your infrastructure.

Features Load Impact Other Cloud Providers LoadView
No JavaScript Experience Required
No Additional Browser Extensions Required
Choose from Multiple Types of Stress Tests
No Add-on Packages for Additional Virtual Users
No Minimum Virtual Users Packages
Pay for Only the Test you Execute

If you’re a current Load Impact customer or just searching for a performance testing solution for your organization, you may want to take a look at LoadView by Dotcom-Monitor. Creating load and stress tests for your websites, web-apps, and APIs has never been easier. Read more about the powerful features and functionality of LoadView below.

As user and customer expectations become more demanding, the technology used to build websites and web applications becomes increasingly complex. Developers and engineers have to ensure these complex systems don’t deter users or impact performance. In fact, studies show that if your website doesn’t load within just a few seconds, users are likely to abandon it completely, and likely never to return. In order to avoid losing a potential customer to your competition, organizations need to execute performance testing to ensure websites and applications are performing within specific thresholds, ensuring that the customer experience is seamless.

Load Impact is a solid performance testing solution for DevOps and engineers. And while there are definitely some similarities between the LoadView and Load Impact, we’ll dive into how LoadView sets itself apart from other load testing platforms.

 

 

LoadView versus Load Impact: Load Testing for Websites, Web Applications, and APIs

The LoadView platform was created with performance and usability in mind. LoadView utilizes fully managed cloud networks, so there’s no need to mess with setting up load generators, creating global agents, or worrying about maintaining any additional infrastructure. By removing these time-consuming tasks from the performance testing setup process, developers and engineers can manage their time more effectively by designing, executing, and analyzing their tests.

Determining how many users your site, application, or API can handle, and how your systems respond, is important for various reasons, but there are several significant scenarios why load and stress testing are vital:

  • Infrastructure

Determining if upgrades are needed.  The cost of implementing additional hardware/software could be a potential waste of resources. 

  • Scalability

Understanding why your site or application slows down when multiple users access it 

  • Production Environment

Your site or application can handle a few users without concerns, but what happens in real-world situations? 

  • Third-party Services

See how external services behave during normal or peak load conditions

Load Impact helps to simplify load testing for DevOps teams by integrating with automation and Continuous Integration (CI) tools, such as Jenkins, Circle CI, Team City, GitLab, and Azure Pipelines. The platform makes performance testing available throughout the development cycle, uncovering issues earlier in the development process. For APIs, Load Impact uses Postman for functional testing. Users have to export their Postman collections and convert them into JavaScript scripts in order to run load tests. The Load Impact solution consists of 3 main components: k6, Load Impact Cloud Execution, and Load Impact Insights. We’ll discuss these features more in-depth below.

 

Scripting: The EveryStep Web Recorder Versus k6

The EveryStep Web Recorder is a free scripting tool that records and each step of a transaction and replays the script using a real browser. The EveryStep Web Recorder is web-based and there are no additional plugins or downloads. It’s easy to use and there is no scripting experience required. In fact, someone who has never had experience running a load test can setup and execute a load test within minutes.

Users can record multi-step test scripts of the critical actions your users take while navigating your web pages, such as button clicks, menu selections, form submissions, shopping carts, and text inputs. These scripts can then be uploaded into the LoadView platform for load testing. Scripts can be recorded to test compatibility on 40+ desktop/mobile browsers and devices and supports nearly anything that can be rendered in a browser, including many popular languages/technologies such as Flash, Java, HTML5, PHP, Silverlight, AJAX, Ruby, and many more.

Learn More About the EveryStep Web Recorder

 

k6 is an open-source scripting tool that allows developers and QA testers to work together throughout the performance testing process. Unlike the EveryStep Web Recorder, the k6 test scripts utilize the ES6 JavaScript command line interface, so knowledge of JavaScript language is required, which, depending on your team’s skills, may require a higher learning curve.

Users can choose to script manually or use the k6 HAR converter. All modern browsers are able to export a HAR file. This functionality allows k6 users to go to a web page and browse like an actual user would. That HAR file can then be exported and converted right from the command line. There is also a Load Impact Chrome Extension that users can download that essentially does the same thing by creating a HAR file and using the same conversion operation.

Additionally, developers can run smaller load tests from on-premises machines and from behind a firewall, giving developers the ability to run regular load tests as part of their automated CI process to uncover bugs or get quick performance baselines prior to moving code into staging or production environments. Additional features of k6 include:

  • Support for HTTP/S and WebSockets protocols
  • Users can generate random numbers and parameterize data
  • Scripts can become custom modules for common actions to share

These additional steps and downloads aren’t necessary with the EveryStep Web Recorder, as everything is already recorded from the browser, and users don’t have to work from a command line interface, saving you valuable time. Also, k6 does not support RIA’s, such as Flash, Silverlight, Java, HTML5, PHP, and Ruby. And lastly, load testing a mobile site or application requires users to use an actual device, which means another myriad of steps and requirements. With the EveryStep Web Recorder, you can choose from a the most popular mobile browsers and devices, no additional steps or requirements necessary.

 

Executing a Load Test: LoadView versus Load Impact

Many open-source load testing solutions will only run protocol-based user simulations, which is not enough. It’s fine for testing the server at the protocol level, but you’d be missing the end-to-end client-side response times.  This is critical when it comes to testing web applications. LoadView users have the option to run the following user simulation options:  HTTP/S and real browser-based tests. And to give users more customization and flexibility, and depending on your specific load testing needs, LoadView also provides several load type options for your test:

  • Load Step Curve

Useful when determining if your website can handle a spike in traffic. Generates loads with a pre-determined number of concurrent users for specified time durations.

  • Goal-based Curve

Beneficial for validating SLA or non-functional requirements. This test is useful when you have already identified the limiting level of your required throughput and need to ensure that your performance goal is met.

  • Dynamic Adjustable Curve

Allows users to adjust load and see results in real-time, giving users insight into how their site or application changes as load levels fluctuate.

Load Impact can also simulate protocol and real browser-based tests, and you can define your ramp pattern, but users don’t have the option to adjust load up or down during a test, as you can do with LoadView. And the Load Impact tests must be configured within the command line, there’s no interface to just point, click, and select from various options to customize your test like users can do with LoadView.

 

Generate User Traffic from Around the World

Once you’ve determined the load type, number of virtual users, and defined your scenario, one of the final steps is to decide where you’re going to test from. LoadView gives users the option to distribute user load between geographic locations. LoadView uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) servers in 13 worldwide locations to generate virtual users. if you know that a certain percentage of your customers come from a specific geographic location, you can select those specific zones to test from to see how your websites and applications perform.

Load Impact users can move k6 scripts to run on Load Impact’s global cloud infrastructure, called Load Impact Cloud, allowing for much larger load tests, up 5,000 virtual users, to be run later in the development and QA cycles. Like the LoadView platform, this is managed for users, so there’s no need to create or manage separate cloud accounts. Choose from one of Load Impact’s 14 load zones located across the world. However, if you need additional virtual users, Load Impact offers multiple add-on packages. With LoadView, this isn’t necessary, as you pay for only what you need and use.

 

LoadView Pricing 

LoadView has subscription-based plans, starting at $199 per month and we offer a 30-day free trial with $20 in load testing credits. Alternatively, you can also select from a pay-as-you-go plan. Pricing is calculated and displayed before you begin new test, so you know exactly what you’re paying for.

If your specific needs require more than what is listed above, please contact us for Enterprise-level plans.

LoadView Professional Services 

Empowering you to become performance testing experts through our proven, 4-tiered strategy. The goal of Dotcom-Monitor Professional Services is to have you running performance tests, analyzing your data, and adjusting your system without our engagement. Our methodology is tested and offered in unique à la carte fashion. You pick and choose which elements you need assistance with, and our performance engineers will coach you through them. Our engineers are also available to perform the entire testing exercise for you, offering consultation to optimize your code and infrastructure. The level of Dotcom-Monitor interaction is completely up to you.

Load Impact Plans and Pricing

Free Trial

  • Up to 50 virtual users
  • 50 free tests
  • 10-minute max duration
  • 1 test concurrency
  • 1 load zones
  • Unlimited team members
  • 7 days data retention

Insights with Cloud Execution – Execute large, distributed load tests on global cloud infrastructure.

Developer – $59 per month ($49 per month with annual plan)

  • Up to 200 virtual users
  • 1,200 test runs per year
  • 15-minute max duration
  • 1 test concurrency
  • 1 load zone
  • Unlimited team members
  • 1-month data retention

Team – $399 per month ($299 per month with annual plan)

  • Up to 1,000 virtual users
  • 100 test runs per month
  • 60-minute max duration
  • 1 test concurrency
  • 2 load zones
  • Unlimited team members
  • 6 months data retention

Pro – $899 per month ($689 per month with annual plan)

  • Up to 5000 virtual users
  • Unlimited test runs
  • 60-minute max duration
  • 2 test concurrency
  • 10 load zones
  • Unlimited team members
  • 12 months data retention

All Cloud Execution plans include access to Insights Performance Analysis, Result Trending, and Load Impact Cloud Execution

 

Insights with Local Execution – Utilize internal infrastructure to run tests and stream data to Load Impact’s result analysis.

Developer – $49 per month ($39 per month with annual plan)

  • Up to 200 virtual users
  • 1200 test runs per year
  • 15-minute max duration
  • 1 test concurrency
  • Unlimited team members
  • 1-month data retention

Team – $199 per month ($149 per month with annual plan)

  • Up to 1000 virtual users
  • Unlimited test runs
  • 60-minute max duration
  • 1 test concurrency
  • Unlimited team members
  • 6 months data retention

Pro – $449 per month ($339 per month with annual plan)

  • Up to 5000 virtual users
  • Unlimited test runs
  • 60-minute max duration
  • 2 test concurrency
  • Unlimited team members
  • 12 months data retention

All Local Execution plans include access to Insights Performance Analysis and Result Trending

 

 

If you need to run load tests with more virtual users, Load Impact offers add-on packages to existing subscriptions. Each add-on package includes 5 tests.

Up to 10,000 Virtual Users – $719

Up to 25,000 Virtual Users – $1,199

Up to 50,000 Virtual Users – $1,999

Up to 100,000 Virtual Users – $3,599

LoadView versus Load Impact: Conclusion

There are a lot of considerations to make when choosing Load Impact as your performance testing solution. Every Load Impact test must be built from a JavaScript file within their k6 scripting tool, so depending on you or your team’s level of experience, there may be a steep learning curve involved due to this factor. Additionally, Load Impact’s base package can only scale up to 5,000 virtual users. If you need anything beyond that, you must purchase set add-on packages. With LoadView, you don’t have to worry about that.

Creating scripts with the EveryStep Web Recorder is easy. All you do is point and click as a user would. The ability to run and test multiple user simulation types – all from a single platform – makes LoadView a more powerful load testing tool. And with no contracts and pay-as-you go pricing, LoadView gives organizations the ability to load and stress test their websites, web applications, web service, and APIs, on-demand, ensuring you can meet the needs of your customers and maintain a consistent user experience.

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