When your goal is to optimize application performance it is very important to understand what goal do you really have. If you do not have a good understanding of the goal your performance optimization effort may well still bring its results but you may waste a lot of time before you reach same results as you would reach much sooner with focused approach.
The time is critical for many performance optimization tasks not only because of labor associated expenses but also because of the suffering - slow web site means your marketing budget is wasted, customer not completing purchases, users are leaving to competitors, all of this making the time truly critical matter.
So what can be the goal ? Generally I see there are 2 types of goals seen in practice. One is capacity goal this is when the system is generally overloaded so[Read more...]