ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET Test Suites prevent application performance issues and prevent fires

ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET Test Suites prevent application performance issues and prevent fires

May 19, 2011 0 Comments

> 18,000 tasks

> 389 database versions

> 438 O/S servers

Equals: Performance and Reliability from over 80,000,000 tests and growing.

We have the largest data access test suite in the world to provide you with reliable data connectivity.

(*Data sheet above from 2006)Progress DataDirect drivers are developed and tested in environments similar to those running your critical applications. As the demands of your IT infrastructure change each day, this prevents fires and performance issues in your production environments - ultimately saving your organization big bucks. The Progress Actional ROI calculator provides an indication of the savings. Mike Burkes, Manager of Data Access Services at Toyota, shared some benefits to our approach: "We have benefited a great deal from the superior performance and flexibility inherent in DataDirect Connect for ODBC. With DataDirect, data connectivity is never a risk in our project plans."

To learn a little bit more about Progress DataDirect QA, below is a Q&A with Brody Messmer, QA Engineering Manager:

  1. What is the greatest challenge for QA on a product deployed in production environments in virtually every Fortune 1000 company and beyond?

"The sheer volume of tests we run is mind boggling. Our products are unique in the software testing world because we're able to automate a very large portion of our test cases. This is great for us and our customers, as we're able to thoroughly test our product much faster and in more depth than most software companies. Where's the challenge then? We have an incredibly wide support for platforms and databases. This becomes a large multiplier on the number of tests we need to run. For example, when testing on the Solaris platform, we don't just test a single platform. We test on both Solaris Sparc and Solaris x86 machines, plus all versions of the SunOS that we support, plus Solaris Zones (aka VMs). To make things even more interesting, each platform, VM or JVM has its own nuances. But wait, there's more! We also test against the various database versions we support, plus various database configurations including SSL, advanced authentication (Kerberos/NTLM), IPv6, international character sets and database clusters. Each of these environments also have their own set of nuances. These problems require us to think outside the box and author proprietary tools to schedule, monitor, and verify our tests. In addition to ensuring the functional operation of our software, performance is incredibly important and offers just as many challenges, if not more. Our performance testing also spans platforms, VMs, JVMs and database versions. The performance lab is running tests 24/7 and no release goes out the door without ensuring the excellent driver performance that our customers have come to expect."

  1. Did question #1 make you nervous?

"No, it excites me to do my job!"

  1. What is the one thing you want customers and prospects to know about Progress DataDirect QA?

"Simply said, throughout our 20-year history we've developed an unparalleled test suite and testing infrastructure. In addition to our extensive performance testing and functional tests across various platforms and databases, we also work to test our drivers with common applications frameworks, like Hibernate, and common out-of-box applications like SAS, Cognos, or even Microsoft Office."

In summary, Progress DataDirect QA is serious about performance and reliability. During a recent string of severe weather, the Morrisville NC office lost power. The internet for my PC was down, restrooms were pitch black, and coffee machine dead ... but the hum of the AC in the server room was still running as usual. Do we care more about the quality of our software over individual comfort?


Should we blame Brody for this?


Progress DataDirect QAs virtualized environments

Progress DataDirect Server Room

Sumit Sakar

Sumit Sarkar

Sumit Sarkar is a Chief Data Evangelist at Progress, with over 10 years experience working in the data connectivity field. The world's leading consultant on open data standards connectivity with cloud data, Sumit's interests include performance tuning of the data access layer for which he has developed a patent pending technology for its analysis; business intelligence and data warehousing for SaaS platforms; and data connectivity for aPaaS environments, with a focus on standards such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET and ODATA. He is an IBM Certified Consultant for IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and TDWI member. He has presented sessions on data connectivity at various conferences including Dreamforce, Oracle OpenWorld, Strata Hadoop, MongoDB World and SAP Analytics and Business Objects Conference, among many others. 

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