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Shift Performance Engineering Left: DevOps for performance at HP Discover

trying to achieve.PNGI’m sure you are familiar with the typical performance testing crisis that happens near the end of far too many projects. This scenario is that development and testing run too long, the release date is rapidly approaching and you’re forced to sacrifice performance testing for looming deadlines. This is the opposite of a “win-win” situation.  

 

Keep reading to find out how you can improve this scenario in your environment with the power for DevOps.

The latest from Microsoft Ignite: Big announcements in Performance and Load Testing

welcome to chicago.PNGToday is the first day of Microsoft Ignite, and we have some exciting announcements to share at the event.

 

Keep reading to find out the latest from the event and how you can connect with our team.

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Top 5 Tips to Ensuring a Great Mobile App Experience

Poll 1 Results.pngRecently, I presented a webinar entitled, “Make Sure Your Application Exceeds Customer Expectations” where we covered five tips to ensuring a great mobile app experience. The highlight of the event was the live demo of HP Network Virtualization 9.0 for Mobile.

 

Keep reading to find out what these top tips are and how you can use them for your mobile app.

Announcement: SAP Service Virtualization v3.62 by HP has passed the Premium Qualification!

sap.pngHP_Blue_RGB_150_MX.pngI have exciting news that I can’t wait to share with you! SAP has announced that “SAP Service Virtualization v3.62 by HP” has passed the Premium Qualification.

 

Keep reading to find out how this collaboration provides value to customers.

Game on! Race and Win with HP StormRunner at Microsoft Ignite

race.PNGAt Microsoft Ignite, we are showcasing how StormRunner Load can help Azure Developers and users test their Azure app performance quickly—and easily—at large scale. To do this, we are hosting a competition to help you discover the dark side of your apps before your users uncover them.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can participate in this contest and win some amazing prizes!

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Discover the “dark side” of your apps at MICROSOFT IGNITE 2015!

Ignite.pngThe Windy City is about to light up with excitement! Microsoft Ignite is infiltrating the city, and the HP team is so excited to join the excitement.

 

We will be discussing the “dark side” of your apps, and how you can keep your apps from going there. Keep reading to find out how to connect with the team and what we have planned for the event.

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CookBook: Howto extend LoadRunner using the new Protocol SDK [Part 2]

CookBook.pngLoadRunner has enhanced the way customers can create their own protocols, thus extending the capabilities provided by the out of the box version of LoadRunner. The new Protocol SDK is a Visual Studio-based toolset, with a new, easy-to-use interface. This post provides a simple cookbook, listing all the key steps required to create your new protocol.

 

Continue reading to learn about the new Protocol SDK and how you can use it to create your own protocols.

 

(This post was written by Sergey Ternovtsov from the HP LoadRunner R&D Team)

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It’s a Mobile world, prepare for the Load with HP performance testing and virtualization solutions

deliver amazing mobile apps.pngThe secret to improving quality and delivery is to “shift left” and identify issues sooner using actionable information to better predict application release success.

 

Continue reading to learn how the newest enhancements in LoadRunner, Performance Center, Network Virtualization and Service Virtualization enable you to accurately recreate detailed production environments for realistic dev/test.

Running Unit Tests in LoadRunner just got free-er!

In LoadRunner 12.00, we introduced the Community Edition license which provided 50 free virtual users at no cost, for all protocols except COM/DCOM, Templates and GUI. The idea was that Performance Engineering practitioners and Developers alike could harness the power of LoadRunner without a high cost of entry, and give more value to their organizations by introducing testing earlier in the app lifecycle. So whether you are trying it out, or putting LoadRunner on every tester and developer's desktop, there is no cost unless you need to scale up. What's more, you can buy virtual users when are ready to test at larger volumes, starting at just a few cents per virtual user day.

 

The response has been fantastic. The number of downloads per month nearly doubled, and LoadRunner was already consistently one of the highest downloaded products for all of HP Software!

 

Testing in production: Points to ponder

pic1.jpgMost software development groups base their go/no-go decision on whether to release software on the results of the tests that were run during product testing.

 

But some organizations take the brave (ahem) step of deferring some – or all – of their testing till the product is deployed, and run their tests on the production system.

 

Continue reading to find out some of the considerations to help you decide whether testing in production is for you or not.

Extending LoadRunner using the new Protocol SDK mechanism [Part 1]

LR-Protocol.pngFor several years, LoadRunner has enabled customers to create their own protocols using the Performance Validation SDK. These custom protocols extend the capabilities provided by the out of the box version of LoadRunner protocols. They enable the execution of complex performance tests, tightly coupled with a particular API or technology.

Responding to what we heard from the field about usability challenges, in LoadRunner 12.02, we introduced a new Protocol SDK mechanism.
The new Protocol SDK is a Visual Studio-based toolset, based on the old SDK but with a new, easy-to-use interface.

Continue reading to learn about the new Protocol SDK and how you can use it to create your own protocols.

 

(This post was written by Sergey Ternovtsov from the HP LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Aruba, HP and optimizing your applications for the network

HP_Aruba_800x400.jpgToday, HP and Aruba Networks today announced a definitive agreement for HP to acquire Aruba, a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise.

 

Let me walk you through this acquisition and tell you why I am so excited about what it means for end users and for HP Network Virtualization.

HAR files, and how you can use them in StormRunner Load

Configure HAR file testHP StormRunner Load allows you to create performance tests from a number of sources, such as LoadRunner scripts and TruClient scripts.  You can also use HTTP Archive files, known as HAR files, which contain a record of a web browser’s interaction with a site.

 

Continue reading to find out more about HAR files, and how you can incorporate them into your StormRunner Load tests.

 

(This post was written by Eyal Fingold from the StormRunner Load R&D Team)

The Latest in VuGen Performance and Usability Tips

OptionsHow much time do you spend on script development? According to a recent customer survey, 70 percent of time invested by performance testers is spent on script development in VuGen.

 

Keep reading to find out how improvements to time and memory-consuming features have improved the VuGen experience. I will also provide tips on how to improve users’ day-to-day work with VuGen.

 

(This post was written by Yuriy Kipnis from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

A first glance at the new web-based controller in LoadRunner 12.02

GraphsLoadRunner 12.02 includes a technical preview of the newly-designed, browser-based Web Controller. While defined as a technical preview and therefore not including all the existing Controller’s features, this version is fully functional and supports defining and running load tests with a variety of popular protocols such as Web, TruClient, SAP GUI and Citrix.

 

Continue reading for an introduction to the new Web Controller’s capabilities.

 

(This post was written by Shaul Strachan from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Creating cloud-based Load Generator Images on Azure with LoadRunner 12.02

HP LoadRunner 12.00 allows you to use Amazon EC2 cloud machines as Load Generators (LGs) for running load testing scenarios from the Controller. LoadRunner 12.02 introduces support for Microsoft’s Azure cloud as well, so you can use your Azure account to provision Load Generators for your load tests. To take advantage of this feature, you first need to create a special Load Generator image, which is then used to deploy the Azure-based Load Generators.

 

Continue reading to learn more about provisioning Load Generators from Azure, and how you can create your own Windows-based Load Generator image.

 

(This post was written by Alexander Zavaliy from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Performance Testing Web and Mobile Apps in the Cloud

To ensure peak load performance during traffic spikes and unexpected surges, you must load test new and updated websites and mobile apps early and often—before they go live. After all, your company’s reputation and revenue are on the line.

 

We're going to help you understand more about how you can address load testing challenges with cloud based load testing in a lively and exciting webinar on January 27th.

 

 Register now: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. ET

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Run LoadRunner’s new TruClient – Native Mobile scripts on multiple devices

In my previous blog post I explained how to enhance LoadRunner’s new TruClient – Native Mobile protocol. In this post I’ll explain how to configure the script to run on multiple devices and how to debug problems in the performance test. This is the last post in this series.

 

(This post was written by Yehuda Sabag from the TruClient R&D Team)

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A closer look at traffic filtering enhancements in LoadRunner 12.02

When you record a business process, much of the generated traffic does not contribute to the load test in any meaningful way. This happens because browsers and other client applications often visit other hosts and web applications—which are not actually part of the business process.

 

LoadRunner 12.02 introduces a new way of filtering unwanted access to irrelevant hosts. Continue reading to find out more about the new Port Mapping feature, and how you can use it in your LoadRunner scripts.

 

(This post was written by Honghai Fan (Lancer) from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Noise Generation in LoadRunner 12.02

LoadRunner 12.02 introduces a new feature called ‘Noise Generation’ which allows you to easily and automatically generate a heavy load on your server. This capability allows you to concentrate on running and analyzing the data from more complex scenarios as they run on a server under stress. Best of all, a virtual user that is generating ‘noise’ is a tenth of the cost of a regular virtual user!

 

Continue reading to find out more about this new feature, and how you can use it in your load testing.

 

(This post was written by Gal Shadeck from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Mobile and the Gartner AADI Summit 2014

AADI tweet 4.pngLas Vegas has always something new going on: a new concert, a new show, new entertainment or even a new fancy tower. I found this to be especially true when I was there recently for the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration (AADI) Summit 2014.

 

Keep reading to find out the latest in mobile and how it applies to a new hotel in Vegas that will never open. 

Happy Holidays from HP StormRunner Load. 3 new presents.

iStock_000021187110Medium.jpgI don’t know about you, but I’m quickly wrapping up 2014.  What an AWESOME year it has been!  The spirit of innovation and new technology is everywhere.   Here’s one highlight that I want to share with you:

 

Since launching, StormRunner Load in October, we’ve been busy working to make sure you have the ideal platform for massive cloud and agile testing.   Here are a few highlights of what you will find as NEW features in StormRunner Load.

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StormRunner Load "How2" Guide Vol. 8: JavaScript

Often developers will want to run some preliminary load tests before the full GUI has been developed. They may also want to programmatically test certain code or sections of a web server. In these cases, using HP TruClient may not be feasible.

 

Fortunately, HP has TruAPI which is a programmatic way to write scripts against a web server’s functionality.

 

HP TruAPI embeds additional functionality into a well-known library called node.js. Node.js® is an open source, cross-platform runtime environment for server-side and networking applications. Node.js® is a platform built on Chrome's JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Node.js® uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient, perfect for data-intensive real-time applications that run across distributed devices.

Do you know the 5 myths of mobile application performance testing?

mobile mindshift1.jpgTesters are stretching the limits of reality to fully understand how a mobile application will behave. Enterprises are now focusing on how to test mobile applications—but there are myths that abound within the space.

 

Keep reading to learn about the five biggest myths of mobile application performance testing and how you can address them.

LoadRunner 12.02 released, just in time for the holidays!

loadrunner logo.PNGIts that time of year again... Time to find the best gift, at the best deal. For many shoppers, finding the best deal means online shopping.  Shopping sites are experiencing peak capacity and the impact of failure could be catastropic to the bottom line.

 

HP LoadRunner can help pinpoint those performance issues before they reach production. Keep reading to find out how the newest version of HP LoadRunner can help keep your site up at peak capacity.

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How to Use the Jenkins Plugin for StormRunner Load

(This post was written by Huan Feng (Ramsey), from the StormRunner Load R&D team)

 

Today’s engineer is likely to be working on code that is continuously integrated into the main source code repository.  Continuous Integration systems such as Jenkins help ensure that unit tests and other tasks are automatically run whenever a build takes place.  A task that more and more developers are running as part of their continuous integration suite is load testing their software.  Users of HP StormRunner Load can take advantage of HP’s Storm Plugin for Jenkins to run their StormRunner Load tests automatically.  This post describes the four simple steps you can take to make this happen.

HP StormRunner Load, December 2014: Improve your agile testing with new enhancements and upgrades

I’m excited to bring you NEW updates and features from the HP StormRunner Load team! These new features were designed to help you deliver a five-star web and mobile experience for your customers. Since launching, in October, the team has been busy working to make sure you have the ideal platform for massive cloud and agile testing.   Here are a few highlights of what you will find as NEW features in StormRunner Load.

How to debug TruAPI tests using IntelliJ

(This post was contributed by the StormRunner Load R&D team)

 

TruAPI is a Node.JS-based load-testing protocol supported by HP StormRunner Load.  TruAPI enables you to create JavaScript-based virtual user (Vuser) scripts and provides an API for handling transactions, think time, logging and HTTP handling.

 

So, if you like the notion of mastering your test and using code to write it with TruAPI and StormRunner Load, here are some tips that you should find useful.

Get started on the path to effective Performance Testing

big data analytics.jpgApplications are continuing to grow in complexity. It can be challenging to know where to begin when designing and executing performance tests. Hot on the heels of the publication of his book “The Art of Application Performance Testing”, second edition, Ian Molyneaux will give a high level overview of the essential elements of effective performance testing.

 

Keep reading to find out how to join us at this webinar. 

Performance Lifecycle Virtualization – Join the Open Group Tweet Jam on Tuesday, Dec. 9th

It’s no secret that virtualization has played a significant role in all developers, testers, and operations team members over the last decade. However, when it comes to Performance Lifecycle Virtualization and how this enables you to have a complete environment for Development / Test / Operations by using Virtual Users, Virtual Services, Virtual Networks and Virtual Data are some old challenges or concepts with a new complete answer.

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  • I have been working in the computer software industry since 1989. I started out in customer support then software testing where I was a very early adopter of automation, first functional test automation and them performance test automation. I worked in professional services for 8 years before returning to my roots in customer support where I have been a Technical Account Manger for HP's Premier Support department for the past 4 years. I have been using HP LoadRunner since 1998 and HP Performance Center since 2004. I also have strong technical understanding of HP Application Lifecycle Management (Quality Center) and HP SiteScope.
  • Malcolm is a functional architect, focusing on best practices and methodologies across the software development lifecycle.
  • Michael Deady is a Pr. Consultant & Solution Architect for HP Professional Service and HP's ALM Evangelist for IT Experts Community. He specializes in software development, testing, and security. He also loves science fiction movies and anything to do with Texas.
  • Mukulika is Product Manager for HP Performance Center, a core part of the HP Software Performance Validation Suite, addressing the Enterprise performance testing COE market. She has 14 years experience in IT Consulting, Software development, Architecture definition and SaaS. She is responsible for driving future strategy, roadmap, optimal solution usage and best practices and serves as primary liaison for customers and the worldwide field community.
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