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By Rich Handley

MachNation Offers Software for IoT Platform Performance Testing

MachNation, a testing and benchmarking firm for IoT platforms, has launched its MIT-E Performance (MIT-E Pf) software platform. MIT-E Pf, intended for performance and scalability testing of IoT platforms and solutions, is designed to verify the platform performance of up to 10 million IoT devices and 1 million IoT messages per second. According to the company, it meets all requirements for IoT platform performance testing.

MIT-E Pf simulates real-world IoT message flows while identifying and tracking every message. It scales to match customer needs while orchestrating spin-up and spin-down processes. Customers can use MachNation's pre-designed templates or design custom test templates. MachNation's developers and data scientists have built a MIT-E Pf reporting and big-data engine that offers analytics reports and makes data available for customers' BI tools, the company reports. What's more, MIT-E Pf is supported by developers and testers at MachNation who use IoT platforms daily.

The system provides enterprises, service providers and IoT platform vendors with an independent and reproducible way to measure IoT performance without impacting field deployments, according to the company. "MachNation, a company known for exceptional technology skills and fact-based insights, is entering a new phase by launching performance testing software for IoT platforms and solutions. MIT-E Pf will revolutionize the way enterprises design, procure, and test IoT platforms," said Steve Hilton, MachNation's president, in a prepared statement. "No longer will enterprises need to rely on IoT vendors' claims about the scalability of their solutions."

MachNation can deploy MIT-E Pf on premises or in the cloud. Leveraging serverless microservices and containerized load generation, the firm says it has created an infrastructure-as-code tool that can test dynamic and scalable IoT platforms. "We have designed MIT-E Pf from the ground up with the IoT user in mind. We saw a huge void in the market for IoT-centric performance testing software, so we started with a clean sheet of paper and have built a tool that is template-based, simulates real-world IoT message flows, and is API driven," said Samuel Hale, the company's technology analyst and MIT-E Pf head architect, in the prepared statement.

MachNation plans to add new functionality, testing templates and metrics to MIT-E Pf. The platform provides four performance categories, 20 performance tests and 67 metrics per load schedule.

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