If you are just wanting to test the web interface to see how many users can hit the site, then just about any of the performance testing tools can do this. Take a look through the tool specific threads or on the Performance & Load Testing thread, there are many tool comparison threads in there.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Steve Jones: If you are just wanting to test the web interface to see how many users can hit the site, then just about any of the performance testing tools can do this. Take a look through the tool specific threads or on the Performance & Load Testing thread, there are many tool comparison threads in there.
A key factor here is the realism of the
test. Everybody knows, if you want your
computer/system to look good, feed it a
light workload. So probably your first
priority is accurate characterization of
the workload. If you have users, this means you probably should use a record/play engine,
and if these users have passwords and/or if
the sessions are secured then you certainly
need a record/play engine. The best solutions involve running multiple REAL
sessions to simulate REAL load. Beware of
"activity generators" and "virtual users"
which are neither comprehensive nor complete.
Check out http://www.e-valid.com, too.
Edward, why don't you just come out and tell us your relationship with eValid and Software Research, Inc. ?
You are walking a think line between being helpful and hawking tools. This is not a sales area. We all have our affiliations and preferences, but we don't allow crossing over to blatant sales. Please keep your posts helpful and as altruistic as possible and put your affiliations in your sig. If you help folks with your answers, they will find their way to your site on their own.
While over at StickyMinds.com looking for information to help with another post, I came across an article "WebSite Testing" by Edward Miller, Software Research, Inc. The article is available at this link.