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HP Performance Center 2+ Controllers Advanced - subscription ( 1 year )

Mfg. Part: HP743A1#112 | CDW Part: 3704126 | UNSPSC: 43232804
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HP Performance Center helps you test, analyze, and validate your application performance against business requirements; and mitigate the risk associated with application changes, deployments, and upgrades.

HP Performance Center is a suite of integrated performance testing solutions that can emulate hundreds or thousands of concurrent users to apply production workloads to virtually any environment; identify potential performance bottlenecks; and help diagnose and fix the root cause of the problems. Using Performance Center, testing teams can stress an application from end-to-end - applying consistent, measurable, and repeatable loads - and then use the data to identify scalability issues that could impact users.

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Category: Networking applications
Hosted Service Type: SaaS
Installation Type: Hosted
Subcategory: Network - monitoring & performance management

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Brand: HP
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: HP Software
Model: 2+ Controllers Advanced
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: HP Performance Center

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License Validation Period: 1 year

Product Reviews
HP Performance Center 2+ Controllers Advanced - subscription ( 1 year ) is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So scalable, we haven't approached any limits - just expand an army of load generators to hammer your app Valuable FeaturesThe fact that you can have tens of thousands of virtual users and just expand an army of load generators to hammer on whatever application you're testing. It seems to be so scalable, and we haven't approached any limits. We have some projects that have over 100 load generators and they don't have many issues using the tool.Room for ImprovementI think better support for cloud-based load generators would help. For example, integrate with Amazon AWS so you can quickly spin up a load generator in the cloud, use it, spin it down. That way, you're only paying for the actual time that it's being used. I know they have some functionality with that right now, but it could be improved because right now, our projects have to bare the cost of that infrastructure, whether it's an AWS or whether it's their own VMs, so that would help out with that.Use of SolutionPersonally, I've been using LoadRunner or Performance Center for almost 10 years. But our deployed solution, that's available to projects, has only been deployed for about two and a half years.Stability IssuesI think Performance Center is pretty stable. It's the enterprise version of LoadRunner, which was a very mature tool. In fact, a lot of the components or installation files are still the exactly same. They've added this central, enterprise web front end to it that works pretty well. It's compatible on multiple browsers, on ALM. I would say it's a pretty mature, stable product.Technical SupportMore people seem to know how to use Performance Center, so we don't need as much help with it, but it is a more complicated product. HPE, or Micro Focus, has been responsive.Initial SetupThis is complex. We are hosting some of the components in the Deloitte network. The clients or the projects have to set up their own load generators. You have to configure firewall rules. We have to install these agents and point them at our environment to connect and troubleshoot connectivity issues. And every client has a different need. If you're behind a VPN - the app that you're testing - or it's inside the client network, that introduces some challenges. Just by the nature of the tool and what you're doing, it is complex.Other AdviceIt does everything you could hope for in a performance testing solution. It's not cheap, but that's not necessarily a concern for us because we're a large company. But it does anything you can think of. It's a pretty mature, robust tool.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It supports basic web HTTP, Citrix, Oracle, and even some Real X. Valuable Features:It supports an extensive portfolio of protocols. It supports everything from the very basic web HTTP, which is kind of the bread and butter of load performance testing tools, to Citrix, Oracle, and even some Real X, and others. The breadth of the product is very valuable.It is a very powerful tool. They pitch it as the market leader and it kind of is. It's that big “one-tool-fits-all” kind of option. You don't need to go and get several tools, each of which supports an individual kind of protocol. You can do pretty much everything on the entire stack with one tool. That makes it good.Improvements to My Organization:It centralized our ability to offer a performance engineering service. We’ve been up as a one-stop shop for projects and programs to come in. We know what tools we’re going to use. Rather than custom fitting something for each project, we can say, “This is what we're going to recommend."Room for Improvement:I'd like to see a more shared data repository. They have their costs up. I think they could expand it out a bit more so we could have it running across synthetic users and protocol types.Stability Issues:The stability is very good. A couple years ago, you might have been able to point a finger at HPE and say maybe they weren't doing enough with the product; so it was probably unstable. As it is, over the last couple of years, they've innovated a bit more. There's been a bit more change without losing the core stability.Scalability Issues:The scalability is good. We got Performance Center, which is kind of the enterprise version of LoadRunner. That solved a number of pinch points for us by enabling us to run multiple performance engineering programs at once; so that is really good.Technical Support:Technical support is really good. I’ve had stuff bounced around the world to have problems solved.Previous Solutions:We were previously using LoadRunner and we moved to Performance Center. Under the covers, they are very much the same, but Performance Center just has a lot more flexibility from a licensing perspective and from a setup and management perspective. It was kind of a natural evolution.Initial Setup:The initial setup was really reasonably straightforward. We pretty much just followed the installation guide.Other Solutions Considered:We also considered Microsoft. We chose HPE because of its breadth of capability.Other Advice:When we selected a vendor, it was a trade-off between having the best in class and the price. It needs to be cheap and we need to get along with them.Whether I would advise colleagues to choose this solution is entirely situationally dependent. It fits our needs and our project portfolio, but that doesn't mean that it will meet everyone else's needs.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We have Performance Center as a platform to share with others that don't do performance testing full-time. Valuable Features:What I really like is our team's core competence in building good tests that really do find issues, because of our full-time dedication to it. We have Performance Center as a platform to share with others that don't do performance testing full-time, so that they in an agile fashion, on demand can go ahead and get real issue-finding testing done; then to go ahead and have that pulled into trending reports so that even subtle differences or trends over time are found and not just game-changing defects. Again, it's a platform to get expert level things done for the masses.Improvements to My Organization:It allows us to on the reporting end show how even though we don't have a smoking gun on this release, and it made everything so terrible that we've got real quality issues, we know when it started and that it's only getting worse. When you're tracking many subtle interactions, this is helpful.Room for Improvement:I know there are integrations with continuous testing. It's got tie-ins to some of the newer tools to allow continuous testing. I'd love to see us not have to customize it, but for it to be out of the box.I have some concern over its foundation for utilizing cloud testing hosts in the most integrated fashion. For example there is reliance in AWS to utilize default VPC, and also there is not deep knowledge about utilizing *nix hosts though they are supported.Use of Solution:I have used this solution at four different places starting 13 years ago.Stability Issues:It's good. It's been around a long time and we've been using it a long time. It's stable.Scalability Issues:We're up to 60,000 users. It's got a good system for being able to take a vast amount of data that you haven't put into a particular report and chug through it. It could take a while, but it's stable at that.Technical Support:It comes up periodically; typically when we're doing something we haven't done before. We actually have a combination of support through them and one of their value added re-sellers, AVNET. We actually get level one support through them, so it's a partnered supported arrangement.Typically AVNET can handle anything unless it's truly about requesting a new feature or enhancement. You need to get back to the product management and developers to request such things.Initial Setup:It has many tiers, it's not a single system thing. You definitely have to take the time to architect it correctly, to have a full topology. I've done it a few times.Other Advice:As professionals, we're supposed to be some what tool agnostic. We'll find a way to get it done. That said, it's a mature player in the space. We do enjoy some long time knowledge about squeezing the good stuff out of it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We have Performance Center as a platform to share with others that don't do performance testing full-time. Valuable Features:What I really like is our team's core competence in building good tests that really do find issues, because of our full-time dedication to it. We have Performance Center as a platform to share with others that don't do performance testing full-time, so that they in an agile fashion, on demand can go ahead and get real issue-finding testing done; then to go ahead and have that pulled into trending reports so that even subtle differences or trends over time are found and not just game-changing defects. Again, it's a platform to get expert level things done for the masses.Improvements to My Organization:It allows us to on the reporting end show how even though we don't have a smoking gun on this release, and it made everything so terrible that we've got real quality issues, we know when it started and that it's only getting worse. When you're tracking many subtle interactions, this is helpful.Room for Improvement:I know there are integrations with continuous testing. It's got tie-ins to some of the newer tools to allow continuous testing. I'd love to see us not have to customize it, but for it to be out of the box, assuming a central team would control of that test assets; but also very easily give execute only or report only access to non-experts for that that just want to consume it. That could be a standard model.Stability Issues:It's good. It's been around a long time and we've been using it a long time. It's stable.Scalability Issues:We're up to 60,000 users. It's got a good system for being able to take a vast amount of data that you haven't put into a particular report and chug through it. It could take a while, but it's stable at that.Technical Support:It comes up periodically; typically when we're doing something we haven't done before. We actually have a combination of support through them and one of their value added re-sellers, ABNET. We actually get level one support through them, so it's a partnered supported arrangement.We're very happy. Typically ABNET can handle anything unless it's truly about requesting a new feature or enhancement. You need to get back to the product management and developers to request such things.Initial Setup:It has many tiers, it's not a single system thing. You definitely have to take the time to architect it correctly, to have a full topology. I've done it a few times.Other Advice:As professionals, we're supposed to be somewhat tool agnostic. We'll find a way to get it done. That said, it's a mature player in the space. We do enjoy some longtime knowledge about squeezing the good stuff out of it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It keeps a run log and allows for script and scenario versioning, although trending reports do not always work as I would expect them to. Valuable Features:Performance Center allows multiple users to access and work on a project simultaneously.Additionally, it keeps a run log and allows for script and scenario versioning.I also like the scheduling feature that allows us to manage multiple projects using the same controller and load generators.Improvements to My Organization:I am a performance tester, and I need a product that can maintain my scripts, scenarios, monitors and run logs. Performance Center is my product of choice.Just recently, I used the command line feature to create scripts that can be used across multiple environments. That feature saved me a great deal of time --thousands in man hours over the last year.Room for Improvement:The trending reports do not always work as I would expect them to. I have had issues with transaction times being pulled in correctly.Additionally, trending a test run can take over 30 minutes when it should take five.Use of Solution:I've used it for five years.Stability Issues:Performance Center requires regular maintenance in order to remain stablScalability Issues:NoCustomer Service:The company I work for provides Performance Center support. Orasi has won several awards for their HP support. I use Orasi support when ever I require customer service for an HP product. I have never had an opportunity to use HP customer service.Previous Solutions:I have had the opportunity to use two other products briefly. Unfortunately, I did not have enough experience to speak to this with any authority.Initial Setup:I was not involved in the deployment of any of the instances of Performance Center that I have used. However, I have been involved in three different upgrades for three different clients.When Performance Center is managed properly with proper maintenance, there were no issues with upgrades. I have seen instances of script corruption, user access difficulties and project corruption.It is necessary to have an experienced Performance Center administrator providing regular maintenance.Implementation Team:Orasi Software does Performance Center implementation. I am not a member of that team. I have been on projects where Performance Center was implemented by the client and then Orasi was called to correct any issues.Again, I cannot stress enough how important it is to have an experienced administrator. It may cost more initially but it will save time and money later.ROI:The return on investment is immeasurable. One of my first clients was an entertainment company that called us after their production site had gone down for a day. The reservation system was down for over six hours. They estimated they had lost in excess of three million dollars an hour.Regular performance testing prevents such occurrences. Needless to say they have not been down since.Cost and Licensing Advice:The price tag on Performance Center is a large one. It can be daunting. There are so many options now with Cloud Controllers, using Cloud Load Generators, purchasing VUser licenses by the day or even hour. Additionally, Performance Center in the cloud relieves you of the essential maintenance and administration requirements.Other Solutions Considered:I was trained on HP LoadRunner and then Performance Center. I was not involved in any evaluation process.Other Advice:Performance Center is not difficult to pick up for a beginner. When I was first introduced to Performance Center, I had just started my career as a performance test engineer. It is not completely intuitive though. I believe there are some extraneous requirements. As I mentioned before an experience administrator is recommended.The command line feature allows you to set a parameter value at the scenario level. It can be applied to all scripts in a scenario. This feature has saved me a great deal of time.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Orasi Software is an HP Partner. Orasi software sells HP software solutions, supports all products we sell and provides installation, upgrade, training, mentoring and consultants to use the products we sell. Additionally all of our consultants are well versed in non HP software solutions.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from With features such as live server-side performance metrics, it helps us with performance/stress testing prior to application deployment. The UI, however, needs improvement. Valuable Features:* Ability to execute performance tests* Live-screen display of test load runs* Generation of performance test reports* Live server-side performance metricsImprovements to My Organization:It has contributed greatly to the performance/stress testing of our application prior to going live and deployment. It gives our project teams a level of comfort and a baseline idea of how the performance of our application will be after going into production.Room for Improvement:The UI should be improved in the next version.Stability Issues:Only very rarely does it do so, but there have been issues with its host going into non-operational status.Technical Support:The level of support from HP is average.Previous Solutions:I have not used any alternative to this product.Initial Setup:Initial set-up of the product was a little bit complex, and setting up the servers was little difficult.Implementation Team:We used a vendor team.ROI:ROI is excellent.Cost and Licensing Advice:It's a little expensive. The pricing is based on on the number of virtual user licenses.Other Advice:I would say that it is a great investment for your organization. Going forward, HP is going to implement many impressive new features in this software.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We can view tests at run time, which has helped us to execute tests from different time zones. However, sometimes the Book Time Slot option hangs if I cancel any test or time slot. Valuable Features:The most valuable features to us are--* Ease of uploading the scripts, and* Script maintenance.Improvements to My Organization:* Multiple users from different locations can login.* We can view tests at run time, which has helped us to execute tests from different time zones.Room for Improvement:Sometimes the Book Time Slot option hangs if I cancel any test or time slot. Also, if the results file gets corrupted, then we need to contact HP to get the raw results.Use of Solution:* Standalone PC – six years* SaaS PC – two yearsDeployment Issues:We encountered no issues when deploying.Stability Issues:We've had no issues with stability.Scalability Issues:We've scaled without issue.Customer Service:Customer service is excellent.Technical Support:Technical support is excellent.Previous Solutions:I have used Borland SilkTest, JMeter and LoadUI. JMeter and LoadUI have limitations in terms of the protocols. SilkTest is not as user friendly as Performance Center.Initial Setup:It was not complex, but I needed to consult HP support a couple of times for clarification and for help in registering the load injectors.Implementation Team:We did it in-house.ROI:If the organization is going to test multiple protocols like Ajax, TruClient, Citrix, and SAP frequently, then there is definitely a high ROI in using this tool. If it's only the HTTP protocol being used, then other less expensive tools will be sufficient.Cost and Licensing Advice:It is quite expensive.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from We are able to run performance tests for Asia, EU, and the US from a centralized controller. And although it's expensive, it's useful if the usage is across the globe. Valuable Features:We can centralize and execute various performance tests for business units across the globe.Improvements to My Organization:We are able to run performance tests for Asia, EU, and the US from a centralized controller where each team can come together in their respective time zones, build and run the tests, as a test manager can review, and suggest various improvements along with infrastructure teams.Room for Improvement:It's expensive, so could be cheaper. Also, it should have third-party tool integration.Use of Solution:I've used it for two years.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Previous Solutions:We switched due to common licences.Initial Setup:It was straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:It's expensive, but useful if the usage is across the globe; others are pay-as-you-go type license which can be used to minimize the costs.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-11-05
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