Stress tests intentionally overload a network with extreme (though simulated) amounts of data from as many media forms as possible. This limit test shows system designers where the issues are, what the outcome of a failure at a certain point due to excess data would be and what system signals change in response to the overload. This type of stress test ultimately can help you diagnose problems that would otherwise deteriorate applications performance which in turn could negatively impact end-user experience and user productivity.
There are several approaches for how to stress test a network; although they all aid in optimizing network performance, the project return on investment (ROI) must consider the opportunity cost of shutting down the test equipment. Because this may be highly disruptive, IT leaders need to know how to stress test a network without shutting it down.
Engaging a managed services partner can offer a cost-effective alternative to in-house network monitoring and management by providing the people, processes and tools to establish and execute a successful network. This approach can also improve ROI by conducting the network monitoring in parallel, allowing your employees to work on more business critical tasks.
Here's a guide to network stress testing that will allow IT leaders to get the most out of their networks without compromising operations or productivity.