Businesses must move quickly to stay competitive. Large organisations with complex, interconnected systems are forced to proceed carefully to reduce risk and the reputational damage of a failed launch. This conservative approach slows down innovation and product launch, often removing the first mover advantage.
Shift provides your organisation with the performance and change management processes to enable quick evaluation of new product and service launch readiness, and to maintain performance levels throughout the product or service’s life cycle as new versions are released. One of the primary outputs of Shift is the system under test’s demonstrated performance capabilities, giving you a clear indication of system capacity and headroom, so you can launch your new service with confidence, or plan for upgrades or expansion before the user experience suffers.
Shift will help you maximise your infrastructure and application investments by working with your in-house and vendor engineering teams to identify, test and validate performance improvements. Years of infrastructure expertise provides a good sense of where to focus attention for maximum gain – from storage and IO, through to network performance and right to operating system and application server tuning. Clear reports and data show you where bottlenecks or potential scaling issues are, and feeding this back to the application vendor or your internal platform engineering teams completes the chain from testing to engineering.
Our objective independence and experience evaluating high performance systems aids in vendor negotiations, reinforcing responsibilities and problem ownership. Breakpoint has decades of experience working with large organisations and vendors to evaluate and optimise service offerings. We can guide you through every step of the evaluation process, including requirement gathering and validation, performance test design, Service Level Agreement design, and finally the ongoing execution of the testing procedures and reporting, to independently verify that you get the performance that you’re paying for.
Ongoing & Integrated
Evaluating launch readiness (whether for a new product or a weekly patch) requires real world test data and test conditions that have been proven to present the system under test with a representative workload. Shift can be integrated directly into your existing processes, human and technical, to ensure that no individual or team is asked to make assumptions about “low impact” patches without first testing, and to easily and economically conduct repeated testing every time the need arises – for example, conducting a standard test suite before and after major system upgrades or patches.
Load, Stress, Resilience & Soak
Shift’s performance aspect consists of the four key elements of a performance test.
- Load simulates normal platform conditions, and ensures that the all core functionality executes correctly and according to functional requirements, at a given performance level. This testing normally has simple pass/fail criteria.
- Stress gradually increases load on the system to establish the maximum throughput that the platform can handle for a given workload. This gives an indication of expected peak performance.
- Resilience tests a platform’s ability to recover from excessive load, and documents the process to recover, impact on service, as well as data and transactional integrity.
- Soak tests are an indication of the platform’s ability to sustain a given load level for a longer, predetermined time period, and is a good indicator of issues that may only crop up over time – for example, slow memory leaks, disk and data growth issues, or performance deterioration due to growing database indices or cache exhaustion.
Infrastructure and Application Stack Evaluation
Breakpoint can use Shift to help you evaluate different Infrastructure and Application platforms. This is especially valuable when intending to use a hardware configuration that differs from the vendor’s minimum requirements ensuring full leveraging of existing Investment.
An information security assessment, as performed by anyone in our assessment team, is the process of determining how good a product or service’s security posture is. This takes the form of a number of assessments and reviews, namely:
- Internet Footprint Assessments
- Infrastructure Assessments
- Application Assessments
- Mobile Assessments
- Source Code Reviews
Monitoring platform performance through release iterations can expose changes that would not otherwise have been noticed. Performance testing ensures that your platform’s overall performance remains stable or improves as software, firmware and hardware updates are released.
Each test run generates a report detailing the organisational KPIs and any insights that might have become apparent during the test run. The core result metrics of the test (Transactions Per Second etc) are also made available to third party reporting tools.