Test and Attack

“Test and Attack” is a phrase that describes a methodology for using load tests to tune environments and optimize applications in a short period of time. The idea is to have experts from all the different areas of development and operations working side by side executing load tests, analyzing the results, implementing quick changes/fixes and repeating the steps until a favorable outcome is achieved from the load tests.

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Thus, the QA teams are testing WITH the development teams, not FOR the development teams. This allows for much faster and more accurate tuning/optimization efforts.