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Micro Focus LoadRunner (formerly HP LoadRunner) is a load and performance testing tool acquired by Micro Focus from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.LoadRunner ReviewHP LoadRunner is used for performance testing (a type of non-functional testing) of the web application at our organization to check the application's ability to withstand the maximum user load. It is one of the efficient and widely use performance testing tool, as it supports multiple OS platforms and also mobile device & cloud testing. Usually, the testing team uses this tool to check the application’s response time and performance when more users are accessing the application. We were able to determine the maximum load application it can withstand at any given point in time.,The ease with which the Test scripts can be recorded. Tests run and results analyzed when simultaneous users are accessing the application Easy integration with the other HP suite tools Ease of creating Virtual Users to run the test cases and even no limitation on the number of VUsers Extensive vendor documentation and help system included LoadRunner can work with most Enterprise Resource Planning Systems,The tool cost is a bit more expensive when compared to other tools and it is a bit difficult for the first-time installation. Though good support is available from the HP team, it's expensive if 24x7 support is required Too much RAM resource is required for the tool to work efficiently to avoid crashing of application It takes a lot of time in scripting and it is an even more complex job when the application build is changing frequently,9,LoadRunner tool helped us to quickly and easily simulate hundreds of concurrent users and thus helped to improve the performance, the response time of the application when a maximum number of users are accessing application The tool helped us to create Test Scripts using different Protocols to do Performance Testing The tool helped us to perform Load, Stress and Volume Testing The License cost is bit costlier and the support for resolving the queries is expensive The major challenge was using 'C' coding for HTTP/HTML protocol which needs the expertise to handle the complex scenarios properly,JMeter,JMeterI Love HP LoadRunnerHP Load Runner is a great industry standard load testing tool. We are using it across the whole organization as well as outside the organization to serve all our multiple regional clients from the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific region and others. HP Load Runner addresses the application performance management issues by spoofing the hits of each user to the web server and it helps to identify the bottleneck of the web application. All the metrics captured or generated by this tool are highly trusted by software engineers worldwide which make this tool more popular and supported.,Support of multiple protocols like HTTP, RDP, Citrix, SAP, Oracle Database 12c, AJAX Tru Client, SOAP-based calls and others which is why it is used widely in our organization as we are using various applications in an industry for different usage. Supporting the mobile agents which means it is not only used for web applications but also for mobile applications. Latest version of HP LoadRunner makes the scripting easy by replacing dynamic changes in the script using correlation parameters. This means less coding and we can focus on major issues if needed. Controller enhancements by specifying the cloud provider like Digital Ocean. We can provision our load generators with Amazon EC2, DigitalOcean and others. Analysis provides a nice HTML report on the test executed with all the necessary metrics. We can simply put more analysis if needed and it will be automatically embedded in an HTML report.,HP LoadRunner with new patches and releases sometimes makes no longer support older version of various protocols like Citrix, which makes the task time-consuming when using older versions of LoadRunner for some of the cases. So it should support older version as well while upgrading. Configuring HP LoadRunner over the firewall involves lots of configuration and may be troublesome. So, there should be a script (power shell script for Windows or shell script for Linux users) to make it easy to use and with less pain. I would like to see the RunTime Viewer of Vugen in HPLoadRunner based on the browser I selected in the run-time configuration to make it feel more realistic as a real user. Licensing cost is very high when we need to perform a test on application for a specific group of users.,8,As the response time numbers captured from HP LoadRunner seems to be more accurate, more clients trusted this tool for their application performance managements and they also used it for their benchmark/ baseline test. Support from HP was tremendous whenever we got hung up in certain situations in some of our short term projects which had a tight deadline, which keeps those projects ongoing and we as a performance engineer team can deliver the result with minimal delay. This leaves a good mark on our clients. As HP LoadRunner is upgrading and expanding every year, sometimes the new updated version for LoadRunner does not provide support for some critical older version protocols. In those cases, it had a negative impact on our business. Enhanced Analysis feature and its correlation metrics between different runs in the analysis report (HTML) makes a high positive impact on our clients.,JMeter and NeoLoad,JMeter, NeoLoad, WebLOADIndustry giant LoadRunnerMost of our leading clients use HP LoadRunner. They have their own COE in most cases and we as consultants help the client to develop their practice and take it to the next level with our innovative ideas and best practices. The COE supports the organization's performance testing requirements. LoadRunner in most cases has been able to support all performance testing requirements for the organization.,Multi protocol support. LoadRunner supports many protocols unlike any other tools while web/http being their strong suite. User friendliness is key. Neat interface. I see the tool has evolved over the years and most custom written code now comes with LR commands built in. Also you do not need to use short keys anymore you have the options on the dashboard to to pick and choose like the steps toolbox. Now you do not need to be an expert to correlate a dynamic parameter. The user guided features enabled in the new versions makes everything simple while saving a lot of time Reporting features. The LR Analyzer is the best reporting tool in the market - you have many options to cater client needs. Not every client wants to have the same report. StormRunner is the cloud version of loadrunner which supports web/Ajax/Services etc. This is a great tool as this is less expensive compared to the whole LoadRunner suite. The clients who cannot afford to spend a lot of money on getting the LoadRunner commercial suite could spend a little money in getting HP StromRunner and still do most of the things that LoadRunner can perform.,Diagnostics side is something they could focus on. That is probably the only battle they could possibly lose when it comes to Performance Engineering. Tools like AppDynamics & Dynatrace is far better and most organizations now tend to have at least one of these two tools in their suite in addition to LoadRunner. Protocol Ajax Truclient is a great find but it needs improvements. While this adds value it also has a few drawbacks. This protocol does not always work as intended. The Firefox version has evolved but the Chrome and IE version of Truclient needs improvement Every tool has its own bugs and LoadRunner is not second to that. With every new version they release we have seen more and more bugs get added and also some of the key features get dropped as well. For example the checkbox "Add a comment in the script for correlations that gets created". This checkbox is no longer in the recording options hence by default all correlated values get commented out in the script thereby causing memory issues due to the size of the scripts. This is one thing that we came across and HP is working on getting this feature added back in a future release.,9,The scripts created with traditional web/http protocol are not robust thus re-scripting is required after most every code drop. Troubleshooting and fixing the issue takes more time therefore in most cases we do re-scripting to keep it simple and save time. In ideal world you would rather spend more time doing testing than scripting in that case mostly you could use an Ajax TruClient protocol. This type of script will only fail when an object in the application is removed or changed completely. This way of scripting will save you more time and helps you maintain the scripts with less re-work effort on a release basis. On the long run you will have a better ROI when you use Ajax TruClient protocol for scripting.,Backblaze, Jmeter, NeoLoad, OctoPerf and BlazeMeter,JMeter, BlazeMeter, HP StormRunner Load, OctoPerfLoadRunner reviewHP LoadRunner is being used to performance test our enterprise solution during every major release of the product.,It is fast and easy to create scripts for performance testing using VuGen. The ability to handle dynamic data is much easier to deal with and viewing it through the VuGen is easier than using an open source tool. Being able to create your scenario based on ramp up, think time, and other settings is a breeze within the controller.,The ability to interact more at the client presentation layer. They have introduced a new protocol to help for example to interact with the web browser, but it can't handle the latest technologies in web development.,8,Better customer service through a better performing product. It gives R&D the ability to reproduce and fix issues that the client may be experiencing due to performance degradation.,JMeter
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Suhas Kashyap RR profile photo
March 21, 2018

Micro Focus LoadRunner: "LoadRunner Review"

Score 9 out of 10
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HP LoadRunner is used for performance testing (a type of non-functional testing) of the web application at our organization to check the application's ability to withstand the maximum user load. It is one of the efficient and widely use performance testing tool, as it supports multiple OS platforms and also mobile device & cloud testing.
Usually, the testing team uses this tool to check the application’s response time and performance when more users are accessing the application. We were able to determine the maximum load application it can withstand at any given point in time.
  • The ease with which the Test scripts can be recorded. Tests run and results analyzed when simultaneous users are accessing the application
  • Easy integration with the other HP suite tools
  • Ease of creating Virtual Users to run the test cases and even no limitation on the number of VUsers
  • Extensive vendor documentation and help system included
  • LoadRunner can work with most Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • The tool cost is a bit more expensive when compared to other tools and it is a bit difficult for the first-time installation.
  • Though good support is available from the HP team, it's expensive if 24x7 support is required
  • Too much RAM resource is required for the tool to work efficiently to avoid crashing of application
  • It takes a lot of time in scripting and it is an even more complex job when the application build is changing frequently
HP LoadRunner is well suited where we need to create a number of VUsers for testing application's performance. It's one of the best tools for application performance testing. It can integrate with most of CRM / ERP systems and thus provides wide applicability. The monitoring and analysis interface is user-friendly, thus providing the users with the application health and status quickly.
However, it's not required for use if the application is not very complex or if the business enterprise is small / medium. Also, though the tool is efficient, additional cost apart from the license is required to purchase other modules and it is expensive if 24x7 support is required.
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December 29, 2016

Micro Focus LoadRunner Review: "I Love HP LoadRunner"

Score 8 out of 10
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HP Load Runner is a great industry standard load testing tool. We are using it across the whole organization as well as outside the organization to serve all our multiple regional clients from the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific region and others.

HP Load Runner addresses the application performance management issues by spoofing the hits of each user to the web server and it helps to identify the bottleneck of the web application. All the metrics captured or generated by this tool are highly trusted by software engineers worldwide which make this tool more popular and supported.
  • Support of multiple protocols like HTTP, RDP, Citrix, SAP, Oracle Database 12c, AJAX Tru Client, SOAP-based calls and others which is why it is used widely in our organization as we are using various applications in an industry for different usage.
  • Supporting the mobile agents which means it is not only used for web applications but also for mobile applications.
  • Latest version of HP LoadRunner makes the scripting easy by replacing dynamic changes in the script using correlation parameters. This means less coding and we can focus on major issues if needed.
  • Controller enhancements by specifying the cloud provider like Digital Ocean. We can provision our load generators with Amazon EC2, DigitalOcean and others.
  • Analysis provides a nice HTML report on the test executed with all the necessary metrics. We can simply put more analysis if needed and it will be automatically embedded in an HTML report.
  • HP LoadRunner with new patches and releases sometimes makes no longer support older version of various protocols like Citrix, which makes the task time-consuming when using older versions of LoadRunner for some of the cases. So it should support older version as well while upgrading.
  • Configuring HP LoadRunner over the firewall involves lots of configuration and may be troublesome. So, there should be a script (power shell script for Windows or shell script for Linux users) to make it easy to use and with less pain.
  • I would like to see the RunTime Viewer of Vugen in HPLoadRunner based on the browser I selected in the run-time configuration to make it feel more realistic as a real user.
  • Licensing cost is very high when we need to perform a test on application for a specific group of users.
Below are certain scenarios where HP LoadRunner is well suited:
  • Whenever it is required to simulate the behavior of a real user on a web application or mobile users then it plays a vital role.
  • A deep dive analysis report for each configured metric in the server is observed in the analysis tool and we can put the same in the HTML report if we want that.
  • When you are a beginner with no knowledge of a performance testing scenario, HP LoadRunner is a good choice as it provides great support from HP and excellent documentation as well as online forums for helping out.
Below are some of the scenario where it is less appropriate:
  • If you have a low budget for performance testing for your project and if you know the methodologies of performance testing, you can switch it to some open source tools rather than HP LoadRunner as it is costly for supporting multiple users.
  • If you want to run a test of multiple applications at same time, you cannot use controller to do that as controller is used for performing a test of one application at a time.
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April 30, 2016

Micro Focus LoadRunner Review: "Industry giant LoadRunner"

Score 9 out of 10
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Most of our leading clients use HP LoadRunner. They have their own COE in most cases and we as consultants help the client to develop their practice and take it to the next level with our innovative ideas and best practices. The COE supports the organization's performance testing requirements. LoadRunner in most cases has been able to support all performance testing requirements for the organization.
  • Multi protocol support. LoadRunner supports many protocols unlike any other tools while web/http being their strong suite.
  • User friendliness is key. Neat interface. I see the tool has evolved over the years and most custom written code now comes with LR commands built in. Also you do not need to use short keys anymore you have the options on the dashboard to to pick and choose like the steps toolbox. Now you do not need to be an expert to correlate a dynamic parameter. The user guided features enabled in the new versions makes everything simple while saving a lot of time
  • Reporting features. The LR Analyzer is the best reporting tool in the market - you have many options to cater client needs. Not every client wants to have the same report.
  • StormRunner is the cloud version of loadrunner which supports web/Ajax/Services etc. This is a great tool as this is less expensive compared to the whole LoadRunner suite. The clients who cannot afford to spend a lot of money on getting the LoadRunner commercial suite could spend a little money in getting HP StromRunner and still do most of the things that LoadRunner can perform.
  • Diagnostics side is something they could focus on. That is probably the only battle they could possibly lose when it comes to Performance Engineering. Tools like AppDynamics & Dynatrace is far better and most organizations now tend to have at least one of these two tools in their suite in addition to LoadRunner.
  • Protocol Ajax Truclient is a great find but it needs improvements. While this adds value it also has a few drawbacks. This protocol does not always work as intended. The Firefox version has evolved but the Chrome and IE version of Truclient needs improvement
  • Every tool has its own bugs and LoadRunner is not second to that. With every new version they release we have seen more and more bugs get added and also some of the key features get dropped as well. For example the checkbox "Add a comment in the script for correlations that gets created". This checkbox is no longer in the recording options hence by default all correlated values get commented out in the script thereby causing memory issues due to the size of the scripts. This is one thing that we came across and HP is working on getting this feature added back in a future release.
When you have challenges in scripting an application that has too many dynamic variables, using a protocol like Ajax Truclient will help in big way and save you a lot of time rather than creating that script in web/http and wasting a lot of time troubleshooting to fix the errors.
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February 12, 2016

Micro Focus LoadRunner: "LoadRunner review"

Score 8 out of 10
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HP LoadRunner is being used to performance test our enterprise solution during every major release of the product.
  • It is fast and easy to create scripts for performance testing using VuGen. The ability to handle dynamic data is much easier to deal with and viewing it through the VuGen is easier than using an open source tool.
  • Being able to create your scenario based on ramp up, think time, and other settings is a breeze within the controller.
  • The ability to interact more at the client presentation layer. They have introduced a new protocol to help for example to interact with the web browser, but it can't handle the latest technologies in web development.
HP LoadRunner is well suited for testing web applications.
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Micro Focus LoadRunner Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

End to end performance management (4)
8.9
Integrated performance data (4)
7.9
Deployment model flexibility (4)
7.0
Real time monitoring (4)
8.0
Automated anomaly detection (3)
7.9

About Micro Focus LoadRunner

Micro Focus LoadRunner (formerly HP LoadRunner) is a load and performance testing tool acquired by Micro Focus from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

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