IBM Rational Performance Tester vs. SoapUI Open Source, supported by SmartBear

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM Rational Performance Tester
Score 8.0 out of 10
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IBM Rational Performance Tester is a performance testing option.N/A
SoapUI Open Source
Score 8.5 out of 10
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SoapUI is an open source API testing tool supported by SmartBear's community, supporting functional and performance testing of APIs.N/A
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8.0
(2 ratings)
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User Testimonials
IBM Rational Performance TesterSoapUI Open Source, supported by SmartBear
Likelihood to Recommend
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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SmartBear
If you are making system upgrade project and you have existing system working and you want to imitate messages that are going in production but without making any data loads or switch it’s very suitable and convenient software. It serves well in manual test scenarios but wouldn’t be as good in case of mass tests.
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Pros
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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SmartBear
  • SOAP
  • REST
  • Authentication
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Cons
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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SmartBear
  • I actually like SoapUI as it is, I have not found things to improve, except for the speed of response is very complex services.
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Alternatives Considered
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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SmartBear
Every application has its own features and UI design but SoapUI is also very good at testing. All features are awesome.
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Return on Investment
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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SmartBear
  • Saves time in web service testing
  • Make it easy
  • No need to code much
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