The world of Web Performance and Load testing is dynamic and changing all the time. New companies enter the world of testing, and others fade out. Performance and Load testing with Visual Studio Enterprise and Azure DevOps is one example of a load testing solution that is fading out.
While executing Web Performance and Load Tests via Visual Studio Enterprise and Azure DevOps (formerly known as VSTS) used to be a good option, Microsoft recently published that Visual Studio 2019 will be the last version of Visual Studio with load testing functionality. In addition to that, the cloud-based load testing service of Microsoft is also deprecated. This means that the Cloud load testing (CLT) functionality in Azure DevOps will soon be not available.
As a result, Microsoft urges customers to move to alternative load testing tools. In addition to that, in its documentation and product resources re Load Testing with Visual Studio Enterprise and Azure DevOps, Microsoft has been putting warnings to highlight these points similar to the one here and below re Visual Studio Enterprise load testing and below it and here re Azure DevOps cloud-based load testing.
“(!) Note: Web performance and load test functionality is deprecated. Visual Studio 2019 is the last version where web performance and load testing will be available. For more information, see the Cloud-based load testing service end of life blog post.” (emphasis added).
And similar to the warning below with regards to the Azure DevOps cloud based load testing (see here):
“(x) Caution: The cloud-based load testing service is deprecated. More information about the deprecation, the service availability, and alternative services can be found here. ” (emphasis added).
In this blog post we will review what this means to you, as a Visual Studio or Azure DevOps user, and what you can do moving forward with your existing load test project, in order to continue to load test your app or web application to ensure its optimal performance.
Edwin Hernandez, a Test Consultant at Microsoft, posted on Microsoft’s official blog, “What are the best Performance Testing Tools?” and included WebLOAD as one of the 5 best performance testing tools available today. In his blog he wrote:
“WebLoad is a full-featured enterprise-level load testing tool by RadView. It has many similar features compared to LoadRunner or Visual Studio Load Tests while it has a lower cost than LoadRunner… It is a pretty popular LoadRunner competitor and has been gaining market in the last years.” (emphasis added).
In fact, RadView’s WebLOAD is one of the world’s most advanced Load Testing platforms available on premise through its IDE / Recorder or in the Cloud / SaaS: It supports running Load Generators in the cloud on Azure similar to Azure DevOps and in addition with other cloud providers such as AWS, and Google Cloud . RadView also supports the following cloud based load testing deployment scenarios: SaaS / Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid and On Premise.
WebLOAD provides a single unified command and control interface where you can create load tests, execute, schedule, and analyze test results – all directly from your web browser.
The following table outlines how the concepts in Visual Studio load test, map to those in RadView’s WebLOAD. This together with RadView’s Enterprise Support and documentation, will enable you to easily migrate your load test and load test project to WebLOAD.
With the fading out of load testing tools as Performance and Load Testing with Visual Studio or Azure DevOps, choose WebLOAD as your replacement Load testing tool and assure the quality of your load tests, covered with the best support available in the industry. For more information, click here to get a comparison paper between WebLOAD and Visual Studio Load Test.
Contact RadView today to hear more about your replacement opportunities, or to get a live demo with one of our experts. In the demo we will discuss how you can migrate your web performance test and load test project to WebLOAD, how you can improve your web performance and load tests, and how you can easily create a web performance and load test, and analyze your load test results.