Benchmarking lets you test how a system responds when it is given work to do, and removes the guesswork from your performance tuning efforts. The workloads you use when benchmarking are very different from real life deployments, which can be extremely variable. If you remember this, benchmarking is extremely useful, enabling you to measure current performance and determine the performance impact of any changes. Such changes could be the addition of new hardware or opening up your application to more users.
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