Compuware Delivers 360 Degree Load Testing Solution
Helping Organizations Find and Fix Performance and Scalability Problems
September 21, 2011
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Compuware Corporation has introduced the industry's first load testing solution that enables organizations to find and fix performance and scalability problems across the entire application delivery chain — from the First Mile to the Last Mile.

Compuware Gomez 360° Web Load Testing brings together two industry-leading testing solutions — Gomez Web Load Testing and dynaTrace Test Center Edition — into one integrated offering.

The new solution accelerates time-to-market by quickly identifying user experience performance problems and isolating the root cause down to the line of code. This saves time and money by enabling collaboration across organizations throughout the application lifecycle and reducing testing iterations.

Building on the dynaTrace acquisition, Gomez 360° Web Load Testing represents the next step in Compuware's application performance management (APM) strategy of building next-generation APM solutions that bring customers greater business value.

"Gartner is seeing continued challenges for organizations to accurately load test applications," says Thomas Murphy, Research Director at Gartner. "Today's web applications have increased in complexity and dependency on third party content and services. Blind spots are increasing, yet business is pressuring IT to deliver faster which creates increased potential for very costly failures in production. The ability to have a complete view of performance enables the test and development team to work together in a more efficient way to drill down from user experience to where the issues are. This is driving a market need for enhancing traditional load-test solutions with server-side performance monitoring solutions."

The application delivery chain has become more complex with content and Web services delivered to end users' browsers from multiple sources. An average Web transaction includes components delivered from over eight hosts — many originating outside the data center such as content delivery networks (CDNs), news feeds, ads, analytics, bill payment and e-commerce platforms.

Gomez 360° Web Load Testing combines high volume cloud-based load with geo-based realistic load from Gomez's network of over 150,000 Last Mile locations to find problems across the entire Web application delivery chain.

Gomez 360° Web Load Testing uses dynaTrace's PurePath Technology for transaction-pure detail, complete with code-level context, for 100 percent of the transactions run during load testing. All sessions are recorded continuously for off-line analysis and team collaboration. This detail provides complete visibility into how applications behave under load and spots problems in an organization's own and third-party code. The ability to work offline means that distributed teams can now work as one without confusion or delay. Third-party vendors can be easily integrated into the process without finger-pointing or guesswork. Everything goes faster, results are comprehensive and friction is gone.

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