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The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest-growing areas in the technology sector, with billions of devices connected to the cloud and $1 trillion in spending expected by 2022. Enterprises in all sectors are using IoT technology to manage, track, and handle their internal assets and to develop connected products for their customers.

However, there is one big problem.

Enterprises don’t know if their IoT end-to-end (E2E) solutions can really scale. A POC that supports 25 IoT devices won’t necessarily support 10,000 or 1 million devices at full deployment. And it is absolutely not technologically or financially possible to connect 10,000 or 1 million hardware devices to an IoT platform in a lab and decide if the solution will work in the field.

You could use legacy testing tools to resolve this problem, but these are poor solutions because they can’t test standard IoT protocols, can’t support an end-to-end IoT use case, and make testing very slow for the IoT engineers and DevOps teams. This is why you should be looking for an IoT-specific tool.

 

Tools for IoT Performance Testing 

The best IoT performance testing tools are developed to help enterprises reduce the risk of scaling-up an IoT solution and stimulating their time-to-market. IoT performance software provides enterprises to test, validate, and enhance the efficiency of their E2E IoT solutions before they move to full-scale production.

Enterprises spend a lot of time and effort on understanding the technical requirements of their IoT solutions. So it comes as no surprise that these enterprises evaluate quantitative performance data that encourages them to launch their IoT solutions. There are three key requirements that enterprises have when looking for best-in-class IoT performance, load, and stress testing software.

 

Requirements for IoT Performance Testing Tools

 

Testing must support all typical IoT protocols

The most reliable IoT performance testing software supports all device-to-cloud protocols including MQTT, HTTP(s), WebSocket, and LwM2M. An IoT solution is a mixture of communications protocols, so it is important that enterprises examine each protocol’s performance. Beware of legacy performance testing solutions: they were all developed for Internet website testing and can’t support all those IoT protocols. These legacy solutions leave important aspects of an IoT solution untested, which can begin to deployment failure when an enterprise balances its IoT solution. Smart enterprises ensure their software testing solutions can address all of their IoT requirements across all IoT protocols.

 

Testing must cover the end-to-end IoT solution

An enterprise must assure that it can examine its full-stack, end-to-end IoT solution at a production-level scale. To only test data ingestion without testing the device-twin service, or analytics pipeline is like choosing to buy groceries, but only getting halfway to the store. Best-in-class enterprises choose IoT load testing solutions that can affect an entire E2E message workflow from device to platform and platform to the device with extremely practical, virtual IoT workers that can endure through the entire testing process, whether that needs 5 minutes or 5 days.

 

Testing must be simple, flexible, and cost-effective

Enterprise DevOps and engineering teams should find it simple, flexible, and cost-effective to perform testing and IoT simulations. First, a test implementation should need no more than 5 overall steps and the testing vendor should offer support services to aid in the IoT testing process. Second, testing tools should use template-driven designs or configurations, so that creating multiple test scenarios is as easy as “turning a set of knobs.” And third, best-in-class IoT performance testing software should be built with a serverless architecture using infrastructure as code, so that deployment of test infrastructure takes minutes, not weeks or months, and vendors can pass their infrastructure savings to their customers.

 

At TestUnity, we can help you to find bugs in your product using performance testing. Contact us now to get in touch with one of the most efficient software testing company in the world.

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