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How Much Bandwidth Do You Need To Do a Load Test?

One of the common questions people are interested in is finding out how much a test is going to cost. There are a lot of factors that go into this equation, such as getting an appropriately sized testing license, configuring a test server environment, reserving hardware for Load Engines, and bandwidth costs between the Load Engines and the content delivery servers (such as a CDN or origin servers). Let’s take a look at just how we might calculate the bandwidth charges that are involved in a single test.
If your site is only needs to support a few hundred users, then … Continue reading »

How much bandwidth can we expect from cloud engines during a load test?

I got into a discussion in the Performance Testing group on LinkedIn which raised a question that we had answered internally, but had neglected to share with our customers – how much bandwidth do our cloud engines have available?
Before I proceed, I must make this disclaimer: our cloud engines run on Amazon’s EC2 infrastructure, so the rules that apply there also apply to our cloud engines. Amazon does not make any guarantees for bandwidth, so anytime your test results look suspicious, we recommend doing a quick bandwidth test. Note that there is a Bandwidth Test wizard in Load … Continue reading »

What is “Web Bandwidth” and how do you test it?

When diagnosing performance problems with our clients websites, it is not uncommon for the bandwidth to come into question. Very often, the bandwidth chart will show a distinct plateau and it can be difficult to determine if this is cause or effect. This example shows outgoing server bandwidth (green) as the users (blue) ramp up. It could be interpreted as a bandwidth limitation around 8Mbps. In this case it is not – the limitation is elsewhere in the system.

It can be challenging to prove that bandwidth is the problem. If the bandwidth is not reaching the known limits (i.e. what … Continue reading »

Is your Load Balancer increasing your Bandwidth usage?

Is your load balanced website using more bandwidth under load than a single server would? In a previous article (“Status code 200 didn’t match expected: 304”), we discussed how a website may return full data content back to a client, even when the browser had the resource cached. If you believed that adding an extra server and a load balancer will increase your performance, this can be an unsettling surprise. The problem arises when two web servers are delivering different Entity Tags for the same static resource:

In this example, we have two requests made to the same public … Continue reading »


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