By Francis Chu  |  Posted 2004-08-09 Print this article Print

Radview Software Ltd. has added handy capabilities to WebLoad 7.0, the mainstay of its TestView Web application testing suite.

WebLoad 7.0, released in June, can put Web applications through the rigors of simulated DDoS (distributed-denial-of-service) attacks—for a price.

When purchased separately, the entry license fee for WebLoad 7.0 is $6,395 for a one-year subscription supporting as many as 50 virtual users. To get the DDoS testing capabilities, companies must purchase the WebLoad for DDoS add-on module, priced at $3,195 per CPU.

Large corporations that want to deploy and manage large testing environments should get RadViews complete $26,000 TestView suite, which includes three main components: WebLoad, WebFT 4.0 and TestView Manager.

The TestView suite includes Web-testing components and provides enterprise-level test management capabilities, executing and automating a variety of test projects. TestView also distributes test sessions, generates reports and tracks event notification.

In eWEEK Labs tests, we were impressed by WebLoad 7.0s ability to simulate DDoS traffic using real-world attack codes and packet-flooding scripts. The WebLoad for DDoS add-on module comes with a comprehensive set of known DDoS attack codes (including Tfn, Trinoo, Smurf and Omega3). RadView provides updates to customers as new attacks are discovered.

In tests, we easily set up test scripts using WebFT and launched DDoS assaults against Web applications using the WebLoad Console.

Although WebLoad cant tell IT managers how well their Web applications fare against unknown DDoS attacks, it does enable them to assess their Web infrastructures ability to stand up to known DDoS attacks. Armed with WebLoads test results, IT staff can better prepare for trouble. Companies also can perform basic capacity planning by deducing how well their servers handle client loads during a DDoS attack.

WebLoad provides a range of generic and customizable performance measures that enabled us to see the degree to which our attacks affected application performance. We quickly pinpointed the attacks efficacy using performance measures such as throughput, connection speed and response time.

In addition to testing WebLoad, we put the normal script and load-testing capabilities through their paces using WebFT 4.0. Using WebFT to record scripts, or Agendas, for functional and regression testing is straightforward, similar to other tools on the market, such as Empirix Inc.s e-Test or Compuware Corp.s QACenter. WebLoads script-editing capabilities, provided by the Visual Agenda Authoring Tool, remain noteworthy.

Click here to read eWEEK Labs review of three Web testing tools, including e-Test and QACenter. WebLoad supports Windows, Solaris and Linux load-generating and probe-client machines, but the main console can be installed only on a system running Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003.

Technical Analyst Francis Chu can be reached at francis_chu@ziffdavis.com.

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