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Has any one used SLAMD for performance testing?
I like to hear the experience
thanks for the help
SLAMD is great for massive-scale performance testing. It's free so you save a bundle compared to leading commercial tools. In just one project, SLAMD saved me at least $60K in licenses, and roughly 3 engineering months, compared to the tool I was using before. Plus it allowed me to setup automated regression testing for the product I was testing.
SLAMD is especially good when you need to run many and/or long duration tests. It's realtime performance monitoring features are not the most impressive (If you feel a need for colorful, continuously updated graphs, then SLAMD is probably not for you), but the async. data (counters, timers, resource monitors, etc.) collection capabilities are very strong.
SLAMD was originally developed for directory server testing, and comes with lots of utilities for that. However, if you don't mind writing a bit of Java code, it's a greate general purpose load testing tool. I've successfully used it to test web applications (in fact, that's the only thing I've used it for).
What I like most about SLAMD is the test execution scheduling features, which are great for productivity and automated regression testing.
On the downside, SLAMD probably does have a steeper learning curve than some other tools, and may require more experienced engineers. For a small projects SLAMD may be overkill, but it's great for big projects.