Table of Contents
- Market Categories and Deployment Types
- Key Criteria Comparison
- GigaOm Radar
- Vendor Insights
- Analyst’s Take
- About Dana Hernandez
Cloud computing technologies have achieved high adoption levels in many organizations, requiring key stakeholders on software teams to ensure applications can scale to meet demand. That demand is driven not only by the volume of transactions, data, and processing volumes, but also by the wide range of users in various technology roles, including developers, testers, quality assurance (QA) personnel, development operations (DevOps) teams, performance engineers, and business analysts. Without performance testing tools, this demand would be far more difficult to meet and manage. One area that has grown in interest is digital experience management (DEM), in which performance of applications and services is considered from the user’s point of view.
This is the third year GigaOm has evaluated performance testing tools. While our 2021 Radar report included both cloud-based and on-premises tools, in 2022 and again for this year’s evaluation, we’ve focused on cloud-based tools exclusively.
All the solutions assessed in this report are cloud-oriented and offer faster speeds and better affordability than on-premises solutions do, especially for large testing loads. Most vendors offer flexible licensing arrangements to best fit a company’s needs, ranging from pay-as-you-go models to enterprise-level tiers.
The market is evolving at a fast pace; democratization of load testing and automated test creation are two ongoing trends to watch. Most of the solutions evaluated here support either graphical user interfaces (GUIs) to manage tests or ways to record users navigating the application to create load testing scripts automatically.
This GigaOm Radar report highlights key cloud performance testing tool vendors and equips IT decision-makers with the information needed to select the best fit for their business and use case requirements. In the corresponding GigaOm report “Key Criteria for Evaluating Cloud Performance Testing Solutions,” we describe in more detail the key features and metrics that are used to evaluate vendors in this market.
How to Read this Report
This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding, consider reviewing the following reports:
Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.
GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.
Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.