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July 17, 2012

BlazeMeter Launches Cloud Testing for Open Source Drupal Websites

BlazeMeter, which provides Apache JMeter-based load testing for the cloud, has released its module for the open-source Drupal software, allowing developers to launch high volume load tests and optimize Drupal websites.

The new module allows developers to enhance Drupal-based websites by using next generation cloud testing tools, according to Alon Girmonsky, founder and CEO of BlazeMeter.

“Until now load and performance testing was time consuming, expensive and required expertise in performance. BlazeMeter now steps in to do all the legwork, allowing developers to focus on their web applications,” Girmonsky said in a company statement. “The BlazeMeter module, having an insight into the specific Drupal installation, automatically creates the test script and builds a dedicated testing environment in the cloud, ready to run on-demand.”

The BlazeMeter module currently supports Drupal 6 and 7 and will support Drupal 8 upon its release. Here’s how it works: The BlazeMeter module will create a load script that will simulate both anonymous users and authenticated users visiting the Drupal website. During a load test, a dedicated cluster of load engines is launched from a preconfigured geographic location.  According to the parameters set by the user, these servers generate traffic according to a load script generated by the BlazeMeter module.

During the load, real time measurements of KPIs present themselves on the report dashboard, where users can evaluate system performance and run numerous iterations, allowing users to locate bugs and bottlenecks, as well as fix and re-test as much as needed. 

In related news, last month the Tel Aviv-based company expanded its services to include high-volume testing of interactive Facebook (News - Alert) applications, TMCnet reported. With BlazeMeter services, developers making applications on Facebook can now instantly test the performance and scalability of their applications in realistic, load-intensive scenarios.

According to a press release, developers can run any number of tests according to their needs, using any desired size or configuration. Additionally, the user is provided a dedicated environment per test, providing a cluster of up to 60 servers comprised of dual and quad core servers with up to 15 GB of memory each, and the geo-location of their choice.

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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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