Webserver Stress Tool for Windows Vista

PORTLAND, Ore. and FUERTH, Germany – July 24, 2007 – Paessler, the network monitoring company, announces Webserver Stress Tool for Windows Vista, a new version of the company’s HTTP-client/server test application that adds full support for Microsoft’s latest Windows operating system. By simulating HTTP requests from hundreds and thousands of users, Windows Vista users can utilize Paessler Webserver Stress Tool to test web server performance under normal and excessive loads and easily pinpoint critical issues in web servers that may prevent optimal performance.

“Ensuring optimal Web site performance is important to any business but it’s imperative to ecommerce sites and organizations generating revenue through their Web sites,” said Dirk Paessler, CEO and founder of Paessler AG. “As Vista adoption grows, our customers appreciate the flexibility and comprehensive monitoring capabilities that Webserver Stress Tool delivers, now delivering more comprehensive support for the Windows platform.”

According to Microsoft, over 40 million Windows Vista licenses have been sold worldwide since it’s release in January 2007 and two 2 million devices are supported by Windows Vista.

Stress tests critical to success

For most enterprises, a well designed and reliable web page is one of the most important marketing tool, especially as online presence often establishes that vitally important, initial customer contact. However, Web site performance is just as critical to ensure a quality customer experience. A  mis-configured Web server and overburdened pages that take too long to load and respond are both a frustrating and an unnecessary obstacle for customers and providers. Only those companies that perform appropriate stress tests in advance will receive the vital information to allow them to optimize the web infrastructure for profit.

With online purchases growing, web server stress tests have never become so important. Consider the following stats:

  • According to a recent survey by DoubleClick, Internet users cite websites above all other factors as an influence on their purchase decisions. Further, streaming video is the most popular online activity of a list of types of emerging media included in the survey, equal to the number of people who send text messages using their cell phone. Online video is more popular than use of portable MP3 players.
  • Forrester estimate that total online sales in 2007 (travel included) are expected to increase 18% to $259.1 bln in 2007.
  • According to AccuStream iMedia, online video streams served increased 38.8% in 2006 to 24.92 billion across all entertainment and media sites, including free (ad-supported) and subscription services. Music videos commanded the largest share of streaming video in 2006, capturing 35.5% of total streams served, and news a 23.6% share.
  • PhoCusWright estuimates that over half of US travel will be booked online in 2007. While the US represented just one third of total online and offline travel bookings of the combined North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific markets in 2005, the US share of online bookings was over 60% of all online bookings.
  • ABI Research estimates game console downloads to generate $1.1 billion by 2011.

Paessler's Webserver Stress Tool can simulate the access of up to 10,000 users concurrently placing requests on the web server and generating a utilization of up to 500 Mbit/s and up to 1 million page views per hour. Individually programmed scripts provide for defining particular click sequences of a user in order to test certain transactions on the web site intensively. Login information can, for instance, also be passed to simulate the login of users on a portal and different visitor scenarios. The conclusive results are subsequently available to the user in the form of tables and graphs in different formats for evaluation and analysis. This quickly and easily demonstrates the performance capabilities of infrastructure under stress, thus ensuring crucial information and services are available to users at speeds they expect, at all times.

From Fortune 50 to Fortune 1000, global companies are putting Webserver Stress Tool to use in a variety of industries. Customers include America Online, AT&T Broadband, CNET.com, Dell, IBM, Intel, KPMG Consulting, Macromedia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Oracle Consulting.

An in-depth insight in to the functional setup and sample performance tests of the Web Server Stress Tool can be found at: https://www.paessler.com/webstress/sample_performance_tests.  A fully functional trial version can be downloaded from www.paessler.com/webstress. Licenses for Webserver Stress Tool can be purchased in the Paessler Online Store starting at $199.95 USD.

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