Application Tuning? or Adding More Servers? Hyperformix and HP LoadRunner help you to decide!

You might have heard the phrase "don't just throw hardware at a performance problem" and that means you should be smart about your investments in solving performance issues and capacity plans.  As you might imagine, many customers have asked me about how the LoadRunner teams get along internally with the hardware divisions inside HP.  They ask, "Are the sales people competing against each other, or what?"  They are curious about the inherent incongruity between our software products that optimize applications to reduce the hardware requirements versus the obvious objectives of the server sales teams at HP that are goaled on selling lots more servers.   It's a good question - conceptually.  In reality, it's not such a big deal because the customer's situation and needs always take precedence.


In my experience, sometimes you have plenty of time to work on the application tuning and optimization and using HP Software solutions like LoadRunner and Diagnostics are a perfect fit for those projects.  Other times, we just can't spend any more time and have to look at physical scalability options for making a go-live date.  No matter what option you choose, you will still have similar questions about capacity:



  • If we are going to optimize the application performance, how do I adjust calculations for the differences between my test environment and the production environment?  What is the right hardware config for production?

  • If we are going to add hardware resources to the system supporting the application, which hardware resources do we need and how much?  Which architecture should we have?  Scale up?  or Scale out?




You can see that either way it is essential that you have the best insight into the performance data that you can get.  This is where our partner Hyperformix delivers really cool solutions for capacity planning, predicting and modelling application performance.  They have integrations with LoadRunner and Performance Center and by combining our test data results with Hyperformix algorithms you can compare costs and benefits across various topologies and configurations to determine the optimal choice for production performance. This ensures the right level of functionality and performance with the right level of investment.  If you are going to "throw hardware at a performance problem," you should use LoadRunner and Hyperformix to make sure your aim is right on target.


Here's a great introduction video from Bruce Milne at Hyperformix to help you learn more:



Check out this very funny cartoon video about a fictitious Bradley James Olsen who battles Dr. Chaos, when Brad's IT staff was hypnotized into ignorantly believing "The only answer is MORE SERVERS!!!!" 


And here are 2 older podcasts on the HP website:





















»  Hyperformix
release new product: Capacity manager for virtual servers
*
Rob Carruthers of Hyperformix
discusses how Capacity Manager 5.0 maximizes company's virtualization
investments with Peter Spielvogel. 






















»  Hyperformix
on capacity management: How virtualization affects performance
*

Rob Carruthers of Hyperformix
discusses how virtualization makes managing capacity and performance more
difficult with Peter Spielvogel. 


* (podcast audio is live from VMworld)




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Mark Tomlinson is a software tester and test engineer. His career began in 1992 with a comprehensive two-year test for a life-critical trans...


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