HPE LoadRunner .Net Record/Replay Protocol Bundle - license

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How do you know whether your mission-critical applications meet the performance and scalability that your business requires? How do you decrease the risk of poor performance or catastrophic failure when deploying a multi-user system? Are your applications giving the best possible performance?

Enterprise applications are increasingly complex and with web 2.0 technologies there are many moving parts, which can easily become points of failure if not tested prior to deployment. HP LoadRunner software is a uniquely comprehensive testing solution for predicting system behavior and performance used by thousands of businesses around the world. It enables an efficient and robust means to verifying that your application's architecture is built for more efficient performance and reliability.

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Category: Networking applications
Installation Type: Locally installed
Subcategory: Network - monitoring & performance management

Brand: HPE
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: HP Software
Model: .Net Record/Replay Protocol Bundle
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: HPE LoadRunner

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Pricing Level: 10000+ level

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License Qty: 1 virtual user/controller
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HPE LoadRunner .Net Record/Replay Protocol Bundle - license is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LoadRunner is the best for those who need a full blown product, or a diverse range of protocols to be tested Valuable Features:The capabilities and flexibility of the Controller, the ability to monitor the systems under test, and the comprehensive results Analysis which saves a great deal of time.Use of Solution:14yearsDeployment Issues:LoadRunner generally deploys without issues.Stability Issues:Its a complex product and there are usually a few bugs in the point zero releases, it is generally pretty reliable.Sometimes the controller can crash, this is usually after opening and closing several scenarios without closing the controller. Closing the controller after a couple of scenarios opened will avoid the problem.Scalability Issues:Scalability is great, I have personally used LoadRunner with up to 72,000 virtual users, and 35 load generators.Customer Service:I don't have recent experience with HPE customer service.Technical Support:I don't have recent experience with HPE tech support.Previous Solutions:I started performance testing with LoadRunner and I'm still using it. I have used other tools, but its the best all rounder.Initial Setup:Initial setup is straightforward as LoadRunner is pretty much standalone and just needs connectivity to the system under test.Implementation Team:I generally implement it myself.Cost and Licensing Advice:The cost depends greatly on the needs of the testing engagement.The free community licence (permanent for 50 VUsers) available from Version 12 is very useful. For small tests this is sufficient and there is no licence cost to use it.The community licence is excellent for training as well, you get full functionality for as long as you like.Other Solutions Considered:NoOther Advice:Take a good look at your requirements, LoadRunner is the best for those who need a full blown product, or a diverse range of protocols to be tested. However not everyone needs this. There are other products that do parts of what LoadRunner does just as well and cheaper.Because LoadRunner is so widely used, there are many people with LoadRunner experience available, it will be harder to find experience in an alternative tool.There are cheaper and free alternatives, but these generally take longer to set up and use. Often the software licence costs are far less than the professional services cost for a performance testing engagement. The higher cost of a LoadRunner licence will be offset by time saved by using it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We also looked at open source solutions before choosing HP. Valuable Features:* Configuration* Scripting technology* Results* Integrations with disruptive technologies like network virtualization, service virtualizationImprovements to My Organization:Performance improvementCapacity PlanningMemory LeaksBottlenecksUse of Solution:I've used it for three years.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:10/10, I'm very satisfied with them.Technical Support:They're excellent.Previous Solutions:I used jmeter and switched to HPE Load Runner, because the following features- Supports performance testing for a wide range of application environments and protocols.- TrueClient patented technology is embedded in the browser and provides interactive recording and scripting, dramatically reducing the amount of programming requiredInitial Setup:No issues encountered.ROI:Customer satisfaction.Cost and Licensing Advice:Try term (wide range of options) or perpetual, it depends on your business needs.Other Solutions Considered:We also looked at open source solutions.Other Advice:Use all the solution's features, and you will find the right answers for your performance and functional issues.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:HP Partner, specialist in ADLM solutions
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cost effective performance validation tool Valuable Features:Powerful scripting tool to best record user actions programmatically. Flexible and versatile scripting engine to extend tests with success-failure checks, thus making testing more intelligent. Ramping of many concurrent users to make the most representative testing possible.Integration of external measurements in test scenario's. Extensive vendor documentation and help system included. Extensive experience and support on various fora, blogs and many other support resources. Good availability of expertise in the form of programmers and hardcore testers.Room for Improvement:Complexity. LoadRunner is not simple to learn by installing it and "doing it". Especially when using different data sources to do cross measurements of system performance. Performance testing with a tool like this requires planning and skilled resources. Fortunately these are easily acquired these days.Price. I've used LoadRunner for performance testing purposes for a number of years on various projects and I've always been impressed by the versatility and plain power of this testing tool. LoadRunner's scripting engine is very flexible and the fact that it's able to quickly and easily simulate hundreds of concurrent users makes it the performance testing tool of choice for years running. LR is constantly updated and improved to cope with a changing world.Use of Solution:10 yearsOther Advice:HP offers extensive documentation and support services to help its customer base. True, the product costs a few bucks more than the (open source) alternatives like Neoload, QA Load and others, but in my opinion you get a solid performance test in return (if properly executed of course).Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HP LoadRunner is a powerful tool for performance testing. It supports lots of protocols and is intuitive. Valuable Features:Language SupportAnalysisMonitoringImprovements to My Organization:It expedites the process of creating test scriptsRoom for Improvement:Network monitoringUse of Solution:5 yearsDeployment Issues:No.Stability Issues:No.Scalability Issues:No.Customer Service:ExcellentTechnical Support:Good.Initial Setup:Little complexOther Solutions Considered:JMeterDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It includes protocols which support our business requirements, such as Java, HTTP, and Citrix. Valuable Features:It's got a lot of protocols that support all our business requirements, such as Java, HTTP, and Citrix. It gives us one tool that supports all this technology.Improvements to My Organization:We don't have to work on another platform as we only have to learn one tool. There's a lot of information, help, and best practices available. It's a market-leading tool so there are lots of people with knowledgeable experience. Our employees are productive from day one.Because we're a telecommunications company with millions of subscribers, we run very high volume tests for 24-48 hours. LoadRunner has been very, very stable during these tests and has gotten us results. It gives us expert diagnoses of our tests with very detailed, in-depth analyses.Room for Improvement:We'd like for it to incorporate a tool for ordering module that would work with our proprietary in-house ordering module scripting protocol.Deployment Issues:We have no issues with deployment.Stability Issues:It's very stable.Scalability Issues:It scales very, very well.Technical Support:They're very good. We have issues, we contact them, and they help us solve the issues.Initial Setup:Setup was very straightforward. We installed, applied the licenses, and started using it.Other Solutions Considered:There is Neotys NeoLoad and SOASTA CloudTest, but LoadRunner is the best.Other Advice:I would definitely recommend using LoadRunner. Use the latest two client protocols for object scripting.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It supports Citrix and SAP protocols, which is very helpful for our clients to understand bottlenecks if there are any on their network, though it should support GWT and mobile testing. Valuable Features:* It allows you to create your own customized code.* It provides an analysis report after running a test scenario.* It supports maximum protocols.* It's user-friendly.Improvements to My Organization:It generates reports in a format that's very easy to understand for both our own internal use and other audiences. It supports Citrix and SAP protocols, which is very helpful for our clients to understand bottlenecks if there are any on their network.Room for Improvement:It should support GWT and mobile testing, including network virtualization.Use of Solution:I've used it for eight years.Deployment Issues:We didn't encounter any issues during deployment.Stability Issues:We haven't encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:We haven't encountered any issues while scaling.Customer Service:I'd say that customer service is not good.Technical Support:Technical support is also not good.Previous Solutions:I used NeoLoad, but it does not support Citrix, so we chose LoadRunner.Initial Setup:Initial setup was not that difficult.Implementation Team:We did the implementation through an in-house team.My advice is for you to have a load generator machine that has a good configuration for handling large volumes of users.Cost and Licensing Advice:It is very costly, but LoadRunner works perfectly. It fits our needs in the way we use it, but you should make sure your use justifies the cost.Other Advice:We have only web-based services, mobile testing in scope, and the user load is maximum 1000, so we could have used NeoLoad, but there were lots of other factors in switching.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The test recorder is amongst the best recorders I’ve tried, but it needs a more stable virtual-user generator. Valuable Features:* The analysis tool* The test recorder, and it is among the best recorders I’ve triedImprovements to My Organization:It’s been able to cut our pre- and post-test work (script recording time and analysis), therefore we’ve been able to test more.Room for Improvement:A more stable virtual-user generator. It needs less crashes and correlation bugs, etc.Use of Solution:I've used it for two years.Stability Issues:The virtual user generator has had a few stability issues, like crashes when debugging tests and correlating.Technical Support:A discussion with the support is almost always required, however you will receive help. 7/10Previous Solutions:No previous solution was used.Initial Setup:It was simple.Implementation Team:All tools have been implemented through an in-house team, but it hasn't always been straightforward (quite a few misunderstandings). Advice for implementing any performance testing tool is to talk to your performance tester, she/he will probably know best.Cost and Licensing Advice:It's expensive, but it delivers like no other tool, but you should do a thorough investigation first (sometimes you barely have any other choice, LoadRunner may be the only tool that works).Other Advice:In the Swedish/Nordic market, LoadRunner is the most commonly known tool among performance testers. But, overall advice, talk and listen to your performance tester/s they usually prefer a specific tool, and know the different strengths and weaknesses of some tools.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We use it along with Performance Center and other tools in delivering performance engineering services. Valuable Features:The breadth of protocol support means that you can get LoadRunner (and its sister product Performance Center) to test almost any application with useful built-in functions. The programmable scripts allow for the creation of sophisticated reliable and robust frameworks and scripts. The API potentially allows you to extend the tool to support applications that it cannot support, but how to do this is not well documented or supported.The analysis capability is simply best of breed as it allows you to take data from any source and correlate it with your results. In other tools, analysis is more problematic and therefore a bit of a black art.Improvements to My Organization:We use LoadRunner and its sister product Performance Center as two of the key pieces in our corporate tool kit along with other tools in delivering performance engineering services. Some of our customers insist on using this, and for them, it has helped administer payroll, deliver luggage in airports, and enabled them to support tax returns.At Infuse, we have integrated such tools very early into early performance validation at the unit test level. This enables our customers to find defects early on in development, and combined with performance modelling in design, enables them to fix performance issues early and cheaply.Room for Improvement:HP as a company has been slow to move to support modern technologies e.g. Oracle ADF. HP took a long time to support the protocol. The support could be better.Use of Solution:I have, as a performance engineer, been using LoadRunner since 1999, inmultiple different versions. As a business we have been using it since2002, and it features in around 80% of our performance engineeringassignments along with other tools.Deployment Issues:The tool itself is very easy to set up and install the various components. 90% of the time there are no deployment issues. The biggest issue really, is setting up the connections from the load generators to the controller component. However, these are are normally network related issues that, with the correct input from the network/infrastructure team, can quickly be resolved.Stability Issues:No, the application is very robust. The only time issues are experienced is when it is running for extra-long period soak tests, e.g. for 24 hours. Then, only on odd occasions, does the system sometimes experience issues with results files, which become corrupt. Usually this is because of issues during the test with the AUT causing very large results files being generated.Scalability Issues:No, the application is scalable. Additional load testing capacity can be added quickly and easily by adding another load generator. Also, some GUI based scripting protocols such as TruClient do utilize large amounts of memory and CPU power, which needs to be planned for carefully if running tests over long periods with lots of users.Customer Service:Average, to occasionally good, but no better.Technical Support:HP LoadRunner technical support is adequate, with implementation issues and functional problems that may arise. However, it doesn’t include scripting support, but there is a wealth of information on numerous public forums regarding LoadRunner to assist most technical issues which helps.Previous Solutions:As an independent vendor we use JMeter, The Grinder and Oracle Application Tool Suite’s load test module, but all of these tools don’t have the breadth of supporting protocols and so are not always suitable for our client’s applications and systems being tested. They are also sub-optimal from an analysis perspective, but do a good job.Initial Setup:The setup for LoadRunner is straightforward as the installations are via wizards, and this makes them quick and easy. Make sure though, that the instructions are followed as written, and be aware that virus detection software can adversely affect the installation. The most complex area is in ensuring connectivity between the load generators and the controller, which may involve firewall changes as load generator machines should be located where the users are situated or externally on the cloud. The complexity is often getting permissions from the IT support teams and explaining what you are doing rather than changing the firewall itself and setting it up. It requires good communication skills.Implementation Team:We implement it ourselves.ROI:Considering the performance issues that we have found and prevented moving into production on client sites is enough to show that there is a positive ROI with the tool. This is despite the initial expense, as assets produced can be re-used on each implementation reducing the cost for subsequent releases.Cost and Licensing Advice:The set up costs depend on the protocol type (there are standard and premium types), the number of virtual users being simulated, the terms, and the number of, load generator machines that are needed. Then there is an annual support maintenance fee that allows for free upgrade and access to the support functions.Other Solutions Considered:We would evaluate all the tools on the market for a customer before making a recommendation. We do an evaluation based on the customers dynamics/culture, budget, and delivery methodology, and then offer our client a choice.Other tools though don’t provide the breadth of support for different protocols and so this tool is limited to the applications it compatible with. It also has more basic reporting and analysis features. But then other tools are also generally cheaper.Other Advice:it is a best of breed product with some minor frustrations around product support.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Infuse is a HP Gold Business Partner and HP Gold Partner of the Year 2014.Infuse is an Oracle Gold Partner
Date published: 2015-04-29
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