Testing across environments

15 Aug 2006 - 2:01pm
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Chris Hallenbeck
2006

Does anyone know of a technique or a piece of hardware that will allow
for testing designs across networks of different bandwidths and
latencies?

My group designs and tests for a hosted web application that uses very
heavy pages loaded with functionality (e.g. context menus).
Understanding how our designs and technical implementations affect
interaction with users across diverse environments is critical. Any
help you can offer is appreciated.

Christopher D. Hallenbeck
DemandTec, Inc. | 1 Circle Star Way, Suite 200 | San Carlos, CA 94070
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15 Aug 2006 - 2:59pm
Michael Micheletti
2006

Hi Chris,

VMWare 5.5 lets you create a "Team" of related virtual workstations using a
dedicated virtual network that you can detune to the desired level of
crumminess. Because these are virtual machines, you can create some
interesting test scenarios on a single workstation. VMWare won't help you
test the performance of really complex web systems with load balancing
hardware and so on, but for simple crank-down-the-knob experiments it is
useful, and you can do tests yourself, without roping in the network guys. I
use it a lot to play with our communications software here at Twisted Pair.
Warning: I can't really recommend vmware from an interaction perspective -
I've got a sort of tolerate/hate relationship with it - but it's undeniably
handy. Be prepared to spend many hours in frustrated futzing getting your
environment setup.

Michael Micheletti
Seattle, WA

On 8/15/06, Chris Hallenbeck <Chris.Hallenbeck at demandtec.com> wrote:
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