For work, I’m building a performance-regression detection system, similar to what Marcel Duran talked about for Twitter at Velocity a year or two ago.
We have the software and non-WPT hardware aspects figured out, but I’m unsure about Windows-based hardware for the WPT agents. I’m especially concerned because I’ve got quite a limited budget and I don’t want to blow it on the wrong option.
Up to this point, I’ve been testing with a spare old Windows 7 box (dual core, 3GB RAM, slow disk), which takes a pretty long time to open and close browsers and so on. Has anyone got practical advice they can offer on Windows hardware specs for this purpose?
Our budget probably runs to either one very high-spec machine running a number of virtualised Windows instances, or a number of small form-factor machines running independently. I realise this is all very hand-wavey and ambiguous, but I’d appreciate hearing any and all opinions before I start spending money. Anyone?