When evaluating the cost of cloud performance testing software,
there is more to consider than just the upfront or monthly costs.
In this section we take a look at the overall cost most
organizations will need to invest in their cloud performance
testing software, and provide some things for you to consider:
|Start by evaluating the monthly or annual license costs based
on similar configurations from each vendor. Then look at the
"scaling" cost for each vendor based on the needs of a company over
time (from "starter" to enterprise).
|Training / Learning
|Setting up new software requires an investment in time - often
for many different roles, depending on the complexity of the
implementation. Look at the total cost of training, ranging from
creating simple tests, learning how to build extensive custom
scripts, to understanding integration with other applications
through an API.
|The actual implementation time to setup tests, create custom
scripts, and integrating the testing tool with other software is
worth considering. Ease of use, or existing libraries for the API,
as well as the availability of a broad range of advanced scripts,
and average time to implementation should weigh into considerations
when pricing out options.
|Finally, the amount of custom development time during the tool
integration period with existing work flows is important.
Understanding this investment, and getting your testing solution
running in a timely manner is a key point to consider for any size
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