BlazeMeter and JMeter are both load testing tools designed to provide performance and load testing to businesses. JMeter is an open source tool that businesses can use for free with complete access to the source code. BlazeMeter is a cloud based load testing tool built on Jmeter, but with some additional enterprise features. Both tools are most popular with mid-sized businesses and larger enterprises, but BlazeMeter is particularly popular with large enterprises as it specialized in that arena.
Features and Limitations
BlazeMeter is built using Jmeter’s source code, so their core features are very similar and users of one will easily be able to learn the other. The primary difference between the two is that BlazeMeter is cloud based. Both tools do have some standout features and limitations, despite their similarities.
BlazeMeter and JMeter both use the same scripts, so they are both easy to learn, and skills learned with one of the tools can be easily transferred to the other. BlazeMeter is a cloud based software and doesn’t require any on premise setup, making implementation very easy. In addition, BlazeMeter provides a variety of options for creating performance tests. Despite these benefits, BlazeMeter is also not as customizable as JMeter since it is cloud based and proprietary, so users can’t make granular changes to the source code like they could with an open source option.
JMeter offers a highly customizable product due to it’s open source nature. This flexibility along with free access to the source code makes JMeter an accessible option for most IT infrastructures. Users will appreciate that it is very easy to set up load tests using JMeter, but it requires a lot of configuration to make robust, usable reports. Additionally, while JMeter is easily extensible for a skilled development team, it is limited to load testing out of the box. Businesses looking for a cloud solution will also need to consider other options, as JMeter is an on premise tool.
BlazeMeter has a free price point that supports up to 5 users and 10 tests. This price point is ideal for businesses that want to try the software before making a purchasing decision. The basic BlazeMeter package costs $99.00 per month and supports up to 200 tests each year and 1,000 concurrent users. The pro package supports up to 5,000 users for $499.00 per year. Businesses that need support for more tests or users can reach out to the vendor for a quote on an enterprise package.
JMeter is an open source and free to use software. Support could be purchased from third party vendors as needed, but businesses should expect to spend little to nothing on JMeter.
Provided by the TrustRadius Research Team
Published on August 3, 2020
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End to end performance management
Integrated performance data
Deployment model flexibility
Real time monitoring
Automated anomaly detection
- Blazemeter has very intuitive and uncluttered UI. It is very easy for a beginner to figure out and get started.
- Blazemeter allows several methods of creating performance tests - using several popular open source applications. Therefore most often there is no need to learn to use a new tool or language.
- 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.
- BlazeMeter should not require the purchase of 2 dedicated IPs for each suite of performance tests.
- BlazeMeter should make custom packages cheaper than they are today when purchased for an enterprise and should include dedicated IPs in the package.
- BlazeMerer should have integration with Jenkins Pipeline 2.0.
- 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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Return on Investment
- BlazeMerter helped performance tests run on their cloud, thereby diminishing our on-prem setup costs tremendously.
- BlazeMeter pings our application from several geographical locations, thereby simulating real life users.
- BlazeMeter offers dedicated IPs so that firewall issues can be bypassed.
- Gives liberty to developers and testers to perform testing. Easy to set up and run load tests, stress tests has improved testing.
- Enhances the performance testing which ensures the delivery of well-suited applications.
- The Enterprise messaging system, it's a great tool which helps in testing JMS based messages.