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Akamai CloudTest is #15 ranked solution in top Load Testing Tools and #17 ranked solution in top Performance Testing Tools. PeerSpot users give Akamai CloudTest an average rating of 8.0 out of 10. Akamai CloudTest is most commonly compared to Apache JMeter: Akamai CloudTest vs Apache JMeter. Akamai CloudTest is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 70% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 23% of all views.
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What is Akamai CloudTest?

Soasta's CloudTest rapidly builds realistic test scenarios using real user data, then tests, analyzes and repairs faster. CloudTest's visual test environment and real-time analytics test your website, mobile app and api backend to give you a streaming view of all your performance data while tests run from back-end systems to front end performance.

Akamai CloudTest was previously known as SOASTA CloudTest.

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"We have a yearly license, and I would give it a rating of three out of five."

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Senior Manager - Performance Architect at Publicis Sapient
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Is easy to use and quick to setup, and does not require much resource capacity for medium instances
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  • "From my own experience, if you're talking about load testing and performance testing then definitely you should go for CloudTest. Because when we compared CloudTest with Performance Center, cost wise it was a better solution. It is easy to use as well, and you can definitely get an automation engineer or a performance engineer with very little exposure to any programming or scripting language such as JavaScript. I would definitely recommend this solution and would rate it at eight on a scale from one to ten."
  • "In terms of improvement, I think integration of these tools with the leading EPM tools would be good. It would help to seamlessly integrate to Dynatrace or AppDynamics to understand what the profiling looks like when generating a load."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution mostly for generating loads for a couple of our retail clients, especially for holiday readiness. We want to get our system up and running to get ready for unpredicted loads. So, we use it more for load testing.

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, I think integration of these tools with the leading EPM tools would be good. It would help to seamlessly integrate to Dynatrace or AppDynamics to understand what the profiling looks like when generating a load.

CI/CD integration, the pipeline itself, still needs to be improved.

Resource consumption also needs to be worked on. When we generate a thousand or two thousand concurrent users, we need to optimize the load generator resource utilization. This is because you need multiple servers in order to generate heavy loads. Other solutions like Gatling take much lower resources compared to that by Akamai CloudTest. For instance, you would need three different instances of typical 8-core 16 GB to generate 2000 concurrent users from Akamai CloudTest, but you would need half of the capacity with Gatling. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been been using this solution for 3.5 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution.

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What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There's a bit of difficulty with scaling when I want to generate 10,000 concurrent users. For medium capacity, it works very well. If you are using an extreme user load, then I think the location of the load generator needs to be looked at more.

We have 15 to 20 people using this solution in our organization.

How are customer service and support?

We have interacted multiple times with technical support. We have had a few tickets open, and the responses are quick. I would give them a rating of eight out of ten.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used Micro Focus Performance Center and BlazeMeter.

We switched because we had a client who was heavily on Akamai. So, the client opted for Akamai because the security model was enabled. They got a very good offer with bundling based on the solution, and CloudTest was part of that particular bundle.

Apart from that, Performance Center requires a lot of resource capacity versus that for CloudTest. So, in comparison to Performance Center, which was on-premises, CloudTest is more on the easy side because the entire solution is on the cloud. You need not worry about maintaining low instances. That's another reason why we switched because we really wanted to get away from the maintenance effort.

Yet another reason has to do with skillsets. I believe for Performance Center or BlazeMeter, you need Java as your core development skill, if you really want to customize your scripts. However, for CloudTest you need JavaScript, and JavaScript is quicker and easier to learn and be hands on.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very easy.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have a yearly license, and I would give it a rating of three out of five.

What other advice do I have?

Get yourself familiar with what the needs are. Go ahead and look at the Gartner chart. Look at the challenges and who is dominating this particular space in terms of load. If you're looking at server performance, then definitely CloudTest can be a solution for you. Also, if you don't want to spend time setting up the solution on-premises, then CloudTest is good because it is quick. It takes a moment to get the license, and on the very next day, you can get started on load testing.

From my own experience, if you're talking about load testing and performance testing then definitely you should go for CloudTest. Because when we compared CloudTest with Performance Center, cost wise it was a better solution. It is easy to use as well, and you can definitely get an automation engineer or a performance engineer with very little exposure to any programming or scripting language such as JavaScript. I would definitely recommend this solution and would rate it at eight on a scale from one to ten.

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