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A World-Class Infrastructure for Performance Testing

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In 1998, the IBM Global Testing Organization established a Performance Test infrastructure solely responsible for certifying the performance of all IBM enterprise Lotus Notes and Web applications before their worldwide deployment to IBM end-users. This infrastructure was designed and implemented in the spring of 1998, and is today a software testing best practice and a Standard requirement in the IBM Global Web Architecture and IBM Global Notes Architecture. This paper documents how this infrastructure for performance testing was created, established, and became an IBM best practice. The key areas illustrated include the test processes involved in planning testing tasks and daily workflow activities. Test methodologies covering entrance and exit criteria and modeling workload profiles and customer expectations are also detailed. Additional insight in the selection of performance and monitoring tools are discussed as well as the design of the appropriate test environment. In closing, this paper examines the critical management approaches, which ultimately ensured the success of the whole performance-testing infrastructure.


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