Hobsons chooses FriendRunner for Load Testing
How many prospective college students does it take to crash a Facebook app?
That was the question facing Hobsons, a leading provider of educational products and services. They recently launched an innovative tool designed to help students find the most suitable school to attend. They realized that a Facebook application is the perfect way to deliver this technology to their target market, so they created "mySchools by Hobsons." Students can search for colleges, see others' choices, and interact with the schools, all within Facebook.
But how would they test this application to ensure that it could handle the load it would encounter? Patrick McFadin, Director of Systems and Architecture at Hobsons said "When I heard we were developing a Facebook app, my first thoughts were how much of a load this will create and how will our infrastructure respond. I knew that testing this would be a real challenge because Facebook's unique architecture requires resources we depend on to be outside of our data center, namely the Facebook infrastructure."
Hobsons eventually chose FriendRunner as the load testing tool for their Facebook app. During testing, FriendRunner proved that the application would meet the demands for simultaneous users that Hobsons set. It also helped the Hobsons team understand how to optimize their application infrastructure, and understand its limits, before deployment. This ensures a great online experience for their clients.
In Their Own Words
Steve Fisher, Associate Director of Product Development at Hobsons said "Sericon Technology (the developers of FriendRunner) has found a niche in desperate need of a solution like FriendRunner. There are currently no other options for testing Facebook apps to my knowledge. And they were great to work with – very knowledgeable about testing processes, attuned to our testing goals, wary of our timeline, and willing to work closely with us during the entire process. I look forward to seeing FriendRunner grow and would be pleased to see it become a staple of any serious Facebook developer’s process."
Our Continuing Commitment
"The Hobsons team built a great app, and they recognize the value of fully testing it before deployment. When the mySchools' user base becomes very large or new functionality is added, we would be pleased to work with Hobsons for additional load tests to ensure that mySchools will keep up with student demand." said Sander Smith, President of Sericon Technology.
To learn more about FriendRunner, and how it can help test your Facebook application, click here.