Load Testing Leader Apica Optimizes Web Performance for Gulf News

The following article is from Apica about performance testing.

"Apica, a company dedicated to testing, monitoring, analyzing and improving Web performance, has helped Gulf News implement Web Performance enhancements, significantly improving overall response time and maximum load capacity.

Gulf News’ website, gulfnews.com, provides a huge amount of information on Web 2.0 sources. Its audience is geographically distributed across all countries in the Gulf region and globally.

Publishing the amount of information Gulf News provides, as well as the differences in bandwidth, devices and local Internet distribution for its audience, makes it important to be in control of Web performance.

Apica’s partnership with Atex and the company’s expertise and previous experience on the Polopoly platform was a key criterion for being awarded this work. Apica’s experienced test staff has years of knowledge in turning Polopoly installations and a head start in finding and eliminating performance problems that are Polopoly specific, if present.

“As our website gulfnews.com becomes an increasingly important part of our business, ensuring world-class Web performance becomes a must. Working with Apica has proven to be an excellent choice for us. They have specific expert knowledge of our platform, they have completeness in the service offering which minimizes potential undetected problem areas, and finally being a fast and agile company they can give us the attention we need when we need it,” said Fadi Issa, service delivery manager for corporate digital media. “What really counts in the end is the question whether we have better Web Performance now than before the project, and I can safely say – Yes we do.”

Gulf News chose Apica for its experience with the Polopoly platform and reached project goals.

The company aimed to ensure system performance would not impact visitors on go live, to get a clear measurement of the site’s Web performance and response times on search/traversing and page rendering, and to get a clear measurement of the maximum number of concurrent users that the system can serve with sustained performance/response times.

The company also wanted to verify the stability of applications close to peak load, expose potential bugs that do not surface in cursory testing, such as memory management bugs, memory leaks or buffer overflows, identify components that are Web performance bottlenecks and cause potential delay, and produce recommendations on how Web performance can be improved.

Various cache (HTTP-acceleration) methods and settings were tested, and overall bandwidth need was revised.

Apica worked to implement Web performance enhancements in three steps. First, baseline Web performance was established, then tuning and improvement efforts were carried out, and finally, peak load capacity and response times were determined and recorded. These Web performance limits and targets will now serve as guidelines and targets for Gulf News IT operations.

Apica and Atex recently partnered up to offer Apica’s application performance testing and monitoring technologies to Atex’s 1,000 media customer base. The customers use its content management and advertising solutions to streamline operations and optimize digital strategies.

Rachel Ramsey is a TMCnet editorial assistant, contributing news items and feature articles on a variety of communications and technology topics. Rachel has previously worked in PR and communications at The Wriglesworth Consultancy, an award-winning London PR firm. She has also contributed to the creative services department at CBS 3 and The CW Philly in Philadelphia. To read more of Rachel's articles, please visit her columnist page."

A well written article by Rachel Ramsey on performance testing.