QA Testing

Overview

The Load DynamiX solution for QA testing enables storage engineers to create or replicate emulations in minutes, compared to days or weeks.

 Companies such as Cisco, NetApp, Exinda, and Avere use Load DynamiX to help re-allocate engineering and QA resources from test-writing, test creation and re-configuration to more strategic efforts. Load DynamiX allows engineers to efficiently execute batteries of tests, sequentially or in parallel, which is common in functional and performance testing.

Details

QA Testing Solution

Accelerate time to market with new products.

Figures: In the graph above, we track the number and failure number of regression tests. You can click on the graph to drill down on each job (below).

Figures: In the graph above, we track the number and failure number of regression tests. You can click on the graph to drill down on each job (below).

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Challenges
Every company is challenged with speeding up the QA testing process to speed time to market.

Key challenges include:

  • Adequate coverage without wasting time is the traditional tradeoff when conducting functional and performance tests.
  • Testing products at true production scale while running realistic workloads.
  • Teams often spend more time administering and maintaining test systems and authoring custom scripts than in actually running the tests.
  • Large and complex physical test environments must be kept intact to make system level regression testing truly replicable.

Solutions
Load DynamiX is the leading supplier of performance and functional testing solutions to the storage system, network and software vendors, trusted by all major vendors as well as most storage start-ups.

Components include:

  • User Interfaces: tailored for novice to advanced users, Load DynamiX offers three different levels of user interfaces for test development, workload modeling, test configuration, results interpretation, and collaboration.
  • Protocols: detailed performance optimized emulation of networked storage protocols to provide rich, highly accurate emulations of storage workloads across File, Block and Object/Cloud storage.
  • Appliances: load generation appliances capable of executing complex traffic emulation at extreme loads over Ethernet and Fibre Channel.

Advantages
More comprehensive testing with more realistic traffic

  • Realistic storage traffic, with unmatched storage protocol detail and configurability and extensive support of parameterization
  • Realistic application traffic, with Load DynamiX’s high performance protocol stacks
  • Realistic user authentication, with Load DynamiX’s robust support of multiple authentication protocols to accurately stress user-aware infrastructure, validating access policies anywhere that user-context is critical
  • Realistic content, with our unique content generation and verification capabilities
  • Realistic load, with appliances that generate up to 180 Gbps of traffic, load massive files and emulate millions of realistic clients

Efficient and expedient testing process

  • Consistent, repeatable, testing, with generation of precisely controlled identical traffic patterns every time
  • Accelerated test creation, with pre-built tests and intuitive set-up and use
  • Accelerated test execution, with the ability to load massive files or client loads in a fraction of the time it takes with other tools
  • Unified testing practices, with a single test platform for files, blocks, and the cloud

Reduced test infrastructure spend

  • Reduced footprint by replacing racks of servers with one efficient 2U appliance
  • Reduced spend on home grown tools, with a solution that is commercially maintained and continually enhanced to support new protocols and features

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“After testing with Load DynamiX, we found 30 bugs in 30 days — bugs detected after our other testing tools found nothing. Getting a $1M ROI in one month is pretty cool.”

– QA Manager at Cisco

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