How long does the average consumer wait for a webpage to load? 5-10 seconds? As of the latest study by Google, the average user waits 6 seconds before they begin getting frustrated and take their business elsewhere. 


“Two hundred fifty milliseconds, either slower or faster, is close to the magic number now for competitive advantage on the Web,” said Harry Shum, a computer scientist and speed specialist at Microsoft.


If you own an online business or promote your business with an online presence, your website needs to load the necessary information rapidly, and have the ability to quickly, and accurately process business transactions. The internet has changed how companies market, sell, and process orders. About 80% of business is completed online. From banking, shopping, music, and downloading software, it is all available online. A healthy web performance is a must in today’s competitive market. Consumers require reliable, fast service in order to keep them coming back to your business.


What is application performance testing? Application Performance Testing refers to tasks that aim to determine whether an application is performing as expected and, if not, how the problem can be corrected. Application performance testing requires a utility to gather data about the application itself as well as data about the machine where the application is running and the network through which the application sends data. Application performance testing can be simplified by creating dashboard views of critical metrics.

 

SolarWinds offers two products that are useful for application performance testing: Server and Application Monitor and Web Performance Monitor.