Chapter 11. To Tune or Not to Tune? Nobody Should Ask That Question.
Gathering metrics to serve as the baseline for your stress and performance tests should be part of your requirements gathering. Such metrics will help you identify the maximum load that the application and environment can handle before they break as well as the maximum sustainable load that can be processed, which will become the performance goals for your solution and constitute your performance release criteria.
What You Should Do First
The solution is fully developed and ready; now what? Well, since you are about to go to production, the assumption is that the application went through rigorous functional and integration testing. So what is next? Performance testing and performance ...