Performance Test Design Overview

When you design a performance test you create the test, define a workload for the test and, if desired, associate a topology and monitor profiles which provide a diagram of the application under test.

You can also enable a diagnostics module to collect diagnostics data during the test run.

Service Virtualization: Your test can run simulated, virtualized services instead of actual services, for example, if the actual services involve additional costs or if the services are inaccessible at the time you run the performance test.

Performance Test Design Best Practices

Before you start with designing a performance test, it is recommended to:

  • Create scripts for your test in the relevant application (VuGen scripts, Unified Functional Testing tests, Service Test tests), and upload them to Performance Center. For details, see the relevant User Guide.

  • Design topologies of your application under test. For details, see Topologies.

  • Configure the monitor machines or monitor-over-firewall agents that you want to use to monitor the test run, and define monitor profiles for these monitors. For details, see Monitor Profiles.

  • To enable diagnostic modules to collect diagnostics data from the test run, you must set up the relevant diagnostics components (server/mediators). For details, refer to the ALM Lab Management Guide: Diagnostics Management.

  • To use simulated services during your test run instead of loading actual services, create your virtualized services in Service Virtualization Designer. For details on creating projects that contain virtualized services, see the Service Virtualization User Guide.

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