Kentik is known for empowering those responsible for the performance of critical network infrastructure with the tools to answer any questions about network performance. It wasn’t that long ago that we introduced Kentik Synthetics to help extend monitoring beyond actual network traffic to test traffic. Over the past year we’ve been rapidly releasing new features for our synthetics product line, including industry-leading BGP monitoring.
Businesses depend on the performance of their applications to protect their brands and to grow. Generally, synthetic monitoring is the active process of simulating visitor or network traffic to a network-accessible resource to test for availability, response time and other performance metrics. These synthetic tests can be targeted at all layers of the stack, including the network, routing and application layers.
Kentik continues to move up the stack to give customers full visibility of any issues that may be impacting users’ experience. We now have added the ability to perform page load tests and synthetic transaction monitoring to our Kentik Synthetics offering.
A synthetic page load test involves generating traffic to a site and evaluating the load performance of each element of a page. The load order and load duration of each element in the Document Object Model (DOM) of a page, tested with a page load test, is presented in a waterfall graph.
The Kentik Synthetics page load testing capability gives you:
STM goes deeper than page load testing as the performance of the property being monitored usually requires some form of data entry, such as a login, before other resources can be accessed. For instance, every e-commerce site has many internal and third-party components which enable a customer to shop, including login, search, recommendation engine, product catalog, payment and delivery options. Delays or errors in any of these steps can impact the customer experience and lead to lost revenue. STM will enable you to benchmark the performance of each of these elements and troubleshoot specific performance issues.
Most use cases for STM fall into two categories:
STM tests can be set as both automatic and periodic on time intervals. Users are able to test from hundreds of Kentik public test agents and private agents can easily be deployed.
Results of synthetic transaction monitoring tests on a timeline:
Kentik Synthetics is available for a 30-day free trial. Our own public agents are available for you to test from so there’s no heavy integration work to get up and running – in no time you’ll be performing your own STM or page load test. For more information on the Kentik STM capability view this webinar or contact us for a demo.