What Does Effective Load Testing Cost?
We have three current clients all of who have Web 2.0 elements in their web applications, two are Flex based and the other is Ajax based. These clients brought us in to perform load-testing as a precursor to capacity planning, as their applications scale. We encountered some interesting behavioral characteristics relating to Web 2.0 applications and I will be blogging on what we found in greater detail, soon. As a comment, this sort of testing is crucial for all web applications whether Web 2.0 centric or not. A full suite of testing including a very comprehensive report and delivery of load test scripts for ongoing use carries a cost of around $6,000.00, depending on he amount of on-site work required. Our recommendation is to limit the on-site element as this will add to the cost and in reality does not produce significantly better results.
Hourly rates for good developers are typically on the rise and it does not take very long to burn $6,000.00 and much more when re factoring of inefficient design or code becomes necessary after an application has been deployed. Load testing is a crucial step in the evolution of all web applications that are designed to be used by others.