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Database Performance Bottleneck Analysis: Looking beyond the obvious

Conference Plenary – at STeP-IN SUMMIT 2011(February 2011)
Nilesh Dasharathi, Senior Test Lead and Neha Tiwari, Test Specialist, MindTree

In today’s environment applications are becoming large, complex & dynamic. At the same time performance and availability have gained prime importance from an end user’s perspective. Pertaining to this increased complexity & end user’s expectations requires dealing with several dimensions. For example the performance of an N-tier web based application depends on multiple factors such as network performance, web server performance and application design. Our experience with web application performance testing leads us to believe that in an overwhelming number of cases, the poor performance of a web application can be traced back to a badly performing database. This necessitates the need for a holistic approach to in-depth database performance bottleneck analysis to pinpoint the root cause for performance slowdown.

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