National Instruments SystemLink vs. Sauce Labs

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
SystemLink
Score 4.0 out of 10
N/A
National Instruments headquartered in Austin offers SystemLink, a software platform for managing system configurationt tasks, device management, software deployment, to improve system uptime and performance.N/A
Sauce Labs
Score 6.7 out of 10
N/A
Sauce Labs is a cloud-based platform for automated testing of desktop and mobile applications. It is designed to be instantly scalable, since it is optimized for continuous integration workflows. (The vendor says that when tests are automated and run in parallel on multiple virtual machines across many different browser, platform and device combinations, testing time is reduced and developer time is freed up from managing infrastructure.) The Sauce Labs testing cloud is intended to be paired…
$19
per month
Pricing
National Instruments SystemLinkSauce Labs
Editions & Modules
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Live Testing
$19.00
per month
Virtual Cloud
$149.00
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
SystemLinkSauce Labs
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsFree service available for Open Source projects.
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National Instruments SystemLinkSauce Labs
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User Ratings
National Instruments SystemLinkSauce Labs
Likelihood to Recommend
4.0
(1 ratings)
6.4
(158 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(20 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.4
(20 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(15 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.5
(6 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(4 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
National Instruments SystemLinkSauce Labs
Likelihood to Recommend
NI (National Instruments)
There are definitely scenarios where NI SystemLink will be useful but just didn't work out well for us. I needed to be able to replace an EXE file on a computer with a new EXE to do the upgrades but I was not able to do that through SystemLink. You had to work with packages in order to perform this and I didn't want to revamp my distribution plan. We also didn't need to do any asset management or calibration documentation through SystemLink. I was excited about being able to view data from the test stations through a browser but our engineers need historical data available and everything resets to a live view when you click back to the UI.
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Sauce Labs
Having used some of the competitor's tools over the year I would say that SauceLabs provides a lot of value for money if you plan to run long sets of tests with high frequencies. Paying for a single slot means you can run tests whenever you want without creeping costs but it does make running tests in parallel require an extra slot. Currently, our test suite takes over three hours to run and at the moment it is cost prohibitive to purchase an extra slot. However, having access to live testing and integration with Appium is great.
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Pros
NI (National Instruments)
  • Setup
  • User Interface
  • LabVIEW Integration
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Sauce Labs
  • Provides a comprehensive selection of browser and platform versions for test automation and CI/CD pipeline support
  • Provides a rich selection of browser/platform availability for customer issue reproduction
  • Provides a comprehensive set of virtual mobile device configurations for automation and availability
  • Sauce Labs' SaaS and self service tools work and perform well
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Cons
NI (National Instruments)
  • Licensing
  • Not able to see data from all test stations on one UI
  • Lack of data history
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Sauce Labs
  • I've had four changes in account managers over the past couple of years. They ranged from super experienced/advocate to some that seems relatively junior/a bit removed. I understand this happens but clarity on what I can expect with these partnerships would be valuable. What I've gotten in the end has varied dramatically.
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Likelihood to Renew
NI (National Instruments)
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Sauce Labs
As we currently know, there's nothing on the market with a big feature set like saucelabs at their current price point. Along with the business not having to learn a whole new tool to use again and the ability to refresh our private devices and the continuously growing number of public devices available and features.
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Usability
NI (National Instruments)
No answers on this topic
Sauce Labs
It is an incredibly easy service to use for what its primary intention is. The only reason a point is deducted is because more feature enrichment can be done around the Sauce Connect Proxy utility and the Jenkins Sauce OnDemand plugin. User Account administration also needs more work, such as the addition of user groups, rather than a simple hierarchy of users.
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Reliability and Availability
NI (National Instruments)
No answers on this topic
Sauce Labs
Yes, Sauce labs is always there, and it is easy to troubleshoot when you are having any connectivity issue, they always keep you informed when they plan to perform any type of maintenance window on their side in advance, so you can plan and will not affect your current work. I do not recall any outage.
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Performance
NI (National Instruments)
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Sauce Labs
The time where they acquired TestObject and were trying to integrate their services would probably be the most annoying time. Annoying as features were in two separate places (websites) for example. But since the introduction of their unified platform, we haven't run into any issues as of yet and we've used them for at least 5-6 years now.
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Support Rating
NI (National Instruments)
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Sauce Labs
The people here are just so friendly and personable. For instance, Tristan Lombard answered every single email with a very cheery tone and not only did he diagnose my issue, he also made sure to ask how my day was going. Keep it up
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Implementation Rating
NI (National Instruments)
No answers on this topic
Sauce Labs
I am not sure if it's my company that makes getting Sauce Labs integrated into the team difficult or is it Sauce Labs. The process for getting Sauce Labs for a project is quite a tedious process and the information for using Sauce Labs initially is quite lacking. There is little support for getting started
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Alternatives Considered
NI (National Instruments)
No answers on this topic
Sauce Labs
We have also tested out Browser Stack, which at the time was more geared towards manual testing. Although it appeared to support more mobile devices/browsers, we also wanted something that can plugin in easily with our existing Selenium test scripts. Sauce Labs was definitely more geared towards our goals at the moment which were to automation functional/regression testing and build it into our release pipeline.
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Scalability
NI (National Instruments)
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Sauce Labs
With private devices, you have full reign over usage of them, so no complaints there. Public devices are available if no one else is using it, which is understandable. Browser VMs are based on number of open sessions and Saucelabs give you a certain number depending on what you need. If you need more, then you pay for more. It is as simple as that. You need more devices, then you can pay for more private ones too. A workaround for public devices is to pick the first available one and not be too picky, that's if you are able to of course.
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Return on Investment
NI (National Instruments)
  • Availability to monitor multiple test stations remotely
  • Was quick to integrate into existing LabVIEW codebase
  • Ultimately did not justify the licensing cost for the benefit
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Sauce Labs
  • Eh... Negligible? Being on AWS West makes it quite a few hops for us, so the process times out every now and again. That is frustrating.
  • I can't really speak to the dollars, as I am not privy to the information.
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ScreenShots

Sauce Labs Screenshots

Screenshot of Sauce Labs UI optimized for continuous integration workflows.