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ASP.NET Site Performance Secrets by Matt Perdeck

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Hosting the website under load

Generally, you have these options when it comes to hosting the test site:

  • Use a second hosting account. If your production site is hosted externally by a hosting company, than you could pay for a second hosting account, or for the use of additional servers with the same specs as the production servers. That way, there is no restriction on testing and you would have a testing environment that approximates your production environment.
  • Use spare servers. Likewise, if you host the production site on your own servers and you have spare servers with the same specs, then you could use the spare servers. If you use an external load-generating service, make sure that the extra traffic doesnt overload your Internet connection. ...

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