Cloud testing with HP Performance Center 12

Today the huge demand for mobile, analytics and other emerging areas (all at agile speed) is driving growth for cloud testing adoption. With cloud testing, you can quickly and elastically scale up performance tests to meet the demands of your customer-facing business applications, reducing the cost and overhead of managing dedicated machines.

According to IDC, Cloud Testing market is expected to grow at 31.1 percent CAGR, resulting in a 2017 projected revenue of $1 billion.

 

 HP cloud testing enables application development and performance engineering teams using HP LoadRunner and HP Performance Center  to automatically provision and launch performance tests from the cloud with just a few clicks of the mouse.  It saves time and effort by leveraging and sharing cloud testing configurations and resources across teams in the enterprise.  

 

This capability is available:

  

  • For testing both in-house and cloud-based applications
  • For running tests in a hybrid or a fully cloud mode
  • To prepare apps for the types of performance challenges typically experienced on Black Friday, Election Day, Olympic Games, and new product launches
  • Want to learn more?  Watch this short video(60 seconds) on cloud testing for today's applications.

Let me provide some more details on this feature in HP Performance Center 12. LoadRunner Cloud testing is similar but more focused toward smaller teams.

 

You can also learn more about it by watching this recorded webinar, "Why and How to Execute Performa...

 

Customers can use the fully cloud-based HP Performance as a Service solution or use this cloud testing capability within their in-house Performance Center to scale up and down as needed.

1. Manage Cloud Accounts and Host Templates– As a first step you can add multiple cloud accounts in HP Performance Center and share them across projects.

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Once you enter your cloud account information in HP Performance Center, it automatically creates default “Host Templates” based on public load generator machine images published by HP on the public cloud. You can also create your own custom templates based on your own private images. You can assign “Credits” to each template which represents the cost of the load generator per hour. Credits are not the actual cost of the cloud host, they are a logical mechanism that allows the administrator to control cloud resource consumption by different projects. For example, e.g. 2 credits per hour for a large image vs. 1 credit per hour for a medium image. You can then assign maximum credits per project to control the cloud usage by different project teams.

Remember creating cloud accounts and templates will typically be an infrequent admin activity.

 

2.    Provision multiple load generators

Once the cloud account and host template setup is done, you can provision load generators from different geographical regions whenever you need to scale up or down based on your project needs. Remember, all of the communication between Performance Center and load generators are over secured standard ports.

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You can provision multiple batches of load generators from multiple regions at the same time.

Once you start provisioning, you will see the progress of each host per region in a map.

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You will be able to drill down to machine logs while the provisioning happens.

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3.     Run Load Test with Cloud Load Generators

 After the provisioning is completed, you will be able to use the cloud hosts together with your in-house hosts in your load tests. You can provision per test or you can provision once and run multiple tests.

You can easily de-provision once tests are complete and the results are analyzed.

 

4.    Cloud usage reports

Since Performance Center is a centralized enterprise solution used by multiple projects groups, monitoring cloud usage is important. It can be used for chargeback as well. There are different usage reports to view the usage by project, by location, by templates, by instance etc. You can also view cloud total usage vs. idle time to make sure your teams are using the cloud most efficiently.

 

I hope this blog will provide you a high level overview of HP Performance Center cloud testing solution. You can drill down into product documentation to understand more. We look forward to evolving this capability based on changing needs of customers. For more information, you can watch the "Why and How to Execute Performance Testing in the Cloud" we...

 

Click here to learn more about HP Performance Center and HP LoadRunner version 12

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