Load testing can be defined as a process of testing, where demand/load is put on the target system and response is measured. In software system, load refers to the number of concurrent users accessing the system. Load testing is performed to check the system’s behavior under normal and peak load conditions. It helps to understand the maximum load bearing capacity of the system and identify the bottlenecks.
Self service load testing can be defined as a ‘self service process‘, where you do not need to depend on a test service provider or consultant to run the test again and again. The self service load testing platform is sufficient enough to run the tests independently. User just needs to schedule the test and provide minimal input.
Self-service portal for load testing:
Self-service portal can be defined as a gateway to different services. In testing context, it is the gateway to different testing services like self-service load testing and many more. Here, the users can browse through the available load testing services and find their details. User can also select their required testing service and run it independently. The total flow of testing can be managed from this portal without any help from IT staff. The usability, look & feel are very critical for the success of these self-service portals. Self-service portal also comes under on-demand service, as it can be used as per load testing demand of any software or mobile applications.
Advantages of self-service load testing:
Now we know about the self-service portal and its usage in load testing. Let us have a look at the advantages associated with these types of self-services.
- The test can be done any time without the help of any IT staff.
- The testing process is very simple. Users just need to follow the guided workflow to launch a test or schedule it to run at a later point of time.
- Load testing is done on a SAAS model. So it is flexible and pay-as-you-go model.
- Self-diagnostic tests can be performed prior to expected peak load in production environment.
- Powerful reporting dashboard gives a clear picture of all the test results.
Now we know about the self-service load testing and its advantages. We also know about the self-service portal and its features. Different load testing tools provide self-service portal for load testing websites and mobile apps. All testing services/tools can be accessed from one convenient and affordable easy-to-use portal. These tools also provide easy to use self-service load testing features along with powerful reporting dashboard.