Apache JMeter vs. IBM Rational Performance Tester

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
JMeter
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
JMeter, from Apache, is a load and performance testing tool.N/A
IBM Rational Performance Tester
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
IBM Rational Performance Tester is a performance testing option.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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JMeterIBM Rational Performance Tester
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Apache JMeterIBM Rational Performance Tester
Considered Both Products
JMeter
Chose Apache JMeter
Apache JMeter is better than IBM Rational Performance Tester as it is Open Source and Cost Free but in terms of User Inteface IBM RPT is better than JMeter. Also, IBM RPT has better Monitoring and better generated Performance Results Reports. I would always go with JMeter …
IBM Rational Performance Tester
Chose IBM Rational Performance Tester
IBM Rational Performance Tester is better in many aspects when compared to Apache JMeter. For example, you have ready made scripts to assist you, You have better monitoring of different performance metrics and can generate better reports that can be exported as HTML. The only …
Chose IBM Rational Performance Tester
Cost/Licensing: While JMeter is an opensource testing tool from Apache, compared to IBM RPT and HP LoadRunner, RPT is much cheaper than Loadrunner.

Functionality: JMeter provides basic functionalities which are adequate for performance testing, however advanced features are not …
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Features
Apache JMeterIBM Rational Performance Tester
Load Testing
Comparison of Load Testing features of Product A and Product B
Apache JMeter
7.7
24 Ratings
9% below category average
IBM Rational Performance Tester
-
Ratings
End to end performance management9.021 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrated performance data8.522 Ratings00 Ratings
Deployment model flexibility7.221 Ratings00 Ratings
Real time monitoring8.621 Ratings00 Ratings
Automated anomaly detection5.418 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Apache JMeterIBM Rational Performance Tester
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(39 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.6
(12 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
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Availability
1.0
(1 ratings)
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Performance
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
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Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
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Online Training
1.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apache JMeterIBM Rational Performance Tester
Likelihood to Recommend
Apache
JMeter is well suited for Java applications where the user can script the scenario once and make changes to accommodate for as many numbers of users for load test execution. The image and selection of any files or exporting files scenario is handled well.
It is less appropriate to test Ajax applications where it is required to script click per use.
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IBM
Go for IBM RPT if: 1. You're testing a Java-based Web application with HTTP protocol 2. You wanted to distribute the load across machines easily 3. Your team is in learning phase/not really introduced to a wide range of performance testing tools Do not go for IBM RPT if: 1. You wanted to test REST or any other advanced protocols 2. Your system under test demands a very high user load 3. Your application is written in .NET or any other platform except Java.
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Pros
Apache
  • Easy of use - in generate load like HTTP requests, and processing/analyzing the responses. No coding is necessary at the basic level, just need to understand load testing and the infrastructure being tested.
  • Automatic management of things like cookies to help with session state support - so you don't specifically have to worry about it or handle it
  • Lots of testing/configuration options to suit your needs in making the right load generation (sampling requests), and analyzing the results, including any pre and post processing of the results first. Things like the Beanshell/BSF pre/post processors, response assertion, regular expression extractor, XPath extractor, CSV data set config
  • There is a JMeter cloud service called BlazeMeter that I think would be useful for those that need to scale up high load without provisioning their own systems. I've not personally tried it though, but I recently attended a meetup presentation that highlighted nice useful features that BlazeMeter provides. One should evaluate the service if they are considering JMeter and need to expand beyond existing hardware resources.
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IBM
  • Live Monitoring of Performance Testing Metrics
  • Easier Test Data Parameterization
  • Performance Tests Scheduler
  • Server Resource Monitoring
  • Great Reports that can be Exported as HTML Reports
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Cons
Apache
  • Jmeter requires many tweaks with respect to its configuration file and thread properties. users need to edit theses files themselves. There could be some interface where we can edit this fields.
  • Jmeter cannot handle more threads and hangs up when we increase the number of threads. This causes lot of inconvenience. In these situations, user can be notified that such change would be lead to slow performance so that user can do as required. The same appears when we try to view huge files on graph listener.
  • Jmeter should optimize the read and write access to output csv since it acts as overhead to the I/O performance. This affects our test results for the application which we are testing.
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IBM
  • Memory utilization could have been improved.(Eats up system's RAM)! It may crash if a test is conducted with the heavy load if adequate RAM is not available in the VM/host machine.
  • Licensing could have been made simpler. IBM's licensing method is difficult to follow.
  • Support for protocols other than HTTP. Not really up to the current trend.
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Likelihood to Renew
Apache
Price, Wiki and user sharing. Having access to the information provided by the developers and other open source providers is key for me. The ability to share information and get answers directly is very important to success in software testing. And the price of this product currently is amazing. Too many companies charge way too much money for products that are far behind in their value and pertinence
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IBM
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Usability
Apache
I can jump right into a new test plan and start building from scratch. The natural progression from test plan to thread group and then designing the basic format of the process is very streamlined and smooth. With only slight modifications I can build out a very complex model from a very basic beginning.
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IBM
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Support Rating
Apache
I have been using JMeter for the last year. By using this tool, you can make sure the system will work under varied loads. It helps us to simulate real time scenarios by creating required virtual users and make sure the application will work under load. Perform load, stress, and stability testing using JMeter.
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IBM
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Alternatives Considered
Apache
I have used LoadRunner and Silkperformer, and so far Jmeter turns out be the easiest to use of all these. While each of them have their own ROI, Jmeter can be picked by anyone in hours and start testing within a day. While with other tools, we need to get license, install them (takes a while) and setup tests and firewalls, etc.
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IBM
IBM Rational Performance Tester is better in many aspects when compared to Apache JMeter. For example, you have ready made scripts to assist you, You have better monitoring of different performance metrics and can generate better reports that can be exported as HTML. The only downside of IBM RPT is that it can be very costly at times while JMeter is for free which is a huge advantage. That's why we try using in our organization a combination of both as much as we can.
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Return on Investment
Apache
  • Good ROI on improving the performance of the application.
  • Finding issues in the performance.
  • Benchmark the performance results.
  • CON: Need skillset to create and maintain the scripts in Java.
  • Scripts are reusable and it is executed by any user.
  • Need Client and Server setup to execute the scripts.
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IBM
  • Accuracy in metrics, thus improving system's performance
  • Costs less compared to competitor like HP LoadRunner
  • Helped the team of beginners learn things quickly
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