At Flood, we believe you should be able to run your load tests from anywhere, so we provide a few different options for using Flood to scale up your testing.
First, you'll need to decide whether you need to run your tests from the cloud or from your on-premise infrastructure. Then, for load testing on the cloud, there are a couple extra options.
As long as you have a subscription with Flood, you'll be able to make use of any or all of these options.
On the cloud
Load testing on the cloud means that we will be starting virtual machines for you to run your scripts from using one of our cloud providers, either AWS or Azure.
Option 1: Demand (Team plans)
This is the easiest way to get started, because they require the least set up from your end. Floods on team plans are executed from our own AWS account, but all of that happens in the background. All you'll need to do is run floods from the Flood UI and we'll take care of the rest.
Note that running on our Azure cloud account is currently not supported.
Option 2: Hosted (Enterprise plans)
This is a step up in complexity from Option 1. Option 2 allows you to run floods using your own cloud accounts, whether that's with AWS or Azure. You'll need to integrate Flood with AWS or Azure and allow Flood to start virtual machines on those accounts on your behalf.
Here are some guides for how to set this up with each cloud provider:
Host Your Own AWS Grid Nodes
Host Your Own Azure Grid Nodes
Option 3: On-premise
To generate load using infrastructure you already have on-premise, you can use Flood Agent. Flood Agent allows Flood to start load tests using machines that you specify.
Here's a bit more information on what Flood Agent is and how to set it up.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I run on the cloud or on-premise?
Good question! We've gone through this in more detail in this article.
I don't know which one to choose!
Here's a summary to help you decide.
If you want the least amount of set up: Option 1 - Cloud: Demand (Team)
If you already have an AWS/ Azure account: Option 2 - Cloud: Hosted (Enterprise)
If your company already has load generators or a data centre: Option 3 - On-Premise
How much does each option cost?
You can check out the pricing for our Team and Enterprise plans on our Pricing page.
Flood Agent (on-premise testing) is currently available for free for anyone with a Flood subscription.