STARWEST 2017 Concurrent Session : Performance Testing in a Containerized World

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Performance Testing in a Containerized World

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Container-based and microservices architectures have become the ideal setting for faster development cycles and more robust applications. As companies shift to these technologies, an integral part of the solution is the development of a continuous performance testing pipeline. Adopting a containerized architecture presents a variety of challenges. There are concerns about introducing additional overhead into the application performance. At the same time, a new paradigm implies defining new testing strategies, new metrics, and new tools that can better adapt to these architectures. Performance engineers play a key role in understanding how to test these technologies and can help ensure a smooth transition. Through real-world examples, Paola Rossaro describes a proven approach for testing microservices and containers, and deriving metrics and KPIs, such as throughput and response time, that offer insight into the performance of the overall application and specific components. Take away best practices for performance testing containerized solutions, and get ready to adopt performance testing as part of your continuous integration pipeline.


Paola Rossaro is Co-Founder and CTO at Nouvola. She loves seeing data and distributed systems in action, working flawlessly. Her career has spanned leadership roles at Teachscape and Wind River where she was responsible for the teams ensuring distributed enterprise application testing and monitoring (i.e.: making sure everything works flawlessly). She loved it so much her PhD in Computer Engineering didn’t seem to take it far enough, so she continued post doc work at UC Berkeley in real time network performance. At Nouvola, she has turned all her background in performance into actual state of the art products. She is responsible for the technical development and operations management of all Nouvola performance solutions, and an advocate for scalable web applications of the future.