Mercury Interactive, the testing company specialising in Internet application testing
solutions, has announced the availability of a hosted Web-based load-testing service:
"The explosion of dot com businesses shows that e-business is entering a
new phase," says Andy Crosby, Mercury Interactives European Field Market
Manager. "Its no longer adequate to have a shop window on the web, or offer
brochures for download. People are starting to do serious business over the web and
that means that theyre starting to hit performance problems." "Testing
isnt glamorous it never has been but it is essential if businesses are
going to meet customer demand. With ActiveTest, we offer a fully outsourced testing
solution which will subject your e-business site to the kind of stress it will get in the
real world. ActiveTest will tell you whether your site is ready for prime time and
we undertake to carry out the test in a day."
ActiveTest, powered by Mercury Interactives LoadRunner software, stress tests
websites with actual traffic before they go live. Rather than simply trying to overload
the site with connection requests, ActiveTest emulates the behaviour of thousands of real
"We can currently emulate up to a hundred thousand simultaneous connections,"
says Crosby; "thats about as high as our current NT configuration will go. The
average large site gets around ten thousand visits per day, so thats not a major
limitation. By way of comparison, simultaneous accesses of the American Superbowl website
this year peaked at around 60,000."
The development of ActiveTest is in line with the current trend towards web-based hosted
applications and outsourced electronic services, which is reflected in the growth of the
ASP marketplace. Mercury Interactives integrated performance testing and
monitoring suite also includes LoadRunner, the performance monitoring tool Topaz and the
hosted monitoring solution ActiveWatch.