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Continuous Integration Load Testing with Jenkins

We're proud to announce that we released our Jenkins / Hudson plugin to run load tests from your favorite Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery service. The sooner you detect a performance issue the quicker the bottleneck can be found and fixed.

We believe that Continuous Integration Load Testing is the key to help companies deliver high performance web applications in time. Applications today not only need to pass unit and integration tests to ensure proper operation, but also acceptance tests like performance tests to ensure it behaves correctly under load.

The new OctoPerf Jenkins plugins allows you to leverage the power of our hybrid cloud / on-premise load testing solution as part of your development / testing build cycle. This significantly simplifies load testing web application for developers and testers. Each load test can leverage the power of our infrastructure to run thousands of virtual users.

Our highly scalable infrastructure will take care of launching as many virtual users as you need every time you run a Jenkins build. It makes load testing large scale web applications on a regular basis significantly easier.

Regression Testing

Continuous Performance Testing

Cloud testing vs Internal testing

The rise of cloud platforms lead to a major evolution for load and performance testing. Since generating load requires a powerful infrastructure for a short period of time, one might even argue this is the perfect use case. But since we started OctoPerf we had a lot of feedback from users wanting to test from their own machines for a lot of good reasons.

Web application does not mean web-site

First of all, not all web applications are available on the internet. In particular test environments, which are usually mostly meant to be used internally. As testing the application before its deployment is important, the load tests are often done on such environments.

Also, large companies have a wide range of intranet applications that can't be accessed from outside their network. Of course they need tests and in that case testing from the cloud does not make much sense.

Building small Java Docker images

When you take a look at the Java Official Docker images, you will immediately notice how fat they are: a whopping 243MB announced for a simple Java 8 JDK base image! It takes forever to download them from a regular DSL connection here.

Usually, your Dockerfile for Java apps starts with something like:

FROM java:8


Just try the following command: (you must have docker installed)

docker pull java:8
docker images | grep java

Should I test my external providers

If you ever recorded a load testing scenario on a website you probably noticed that the list of external links can be scary: Server List

Plus these links might occur several times, making your user profile difficult to read. Because of this even a simple task like separating the different steps into distinct transactions can become tedious: Lots of requests

Every time I work on such tests the question is always the same: "Do we need to simulate these requests?"

New Load Testing region

We're pleased to announce today the launch of the Asia Pacific (Seoul, South Korea) region. Companies with infrastructures based in Korea can now leverage our Korean load generators to measure the performance of their applications.

Seoul, South Korea

Load tests can now be run smoothly from South Korea using Amazon Web Services. Seoul is well-known to be digital nomads friendly.