HP LoadRunner and Performance Center Blog

Are the tools that you are using to test your application affecting the results of those tests?

Success_failure.jpgVirtualization is all around us, and you may be considering using virtual servers as a load generator. There is support for this option in LoadRunner and Performance, but the question to ask is “Are the tools that you are using to test your application affecting the results of those tests?”

 

Keep reading to find out how noise and other factors could be impacting your tests.

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Recording HTTP traffic on iOS devices with HP LoadRunner

recording HTTP 2.pngiOS devices such as iPhones and iPads have become a valuable part of the IT infrastructure. As a result, there is a need to validate the performance of these devices as they run applications. HP LoadRunner, as the leading performance testing tool in the market, is the perfect choice for this validation. To get started, LoadRunner needs to obtain the HTTP activity performed by the device. Because LoadRunner’s network traffic recording mechanism doesn’t run on iOS, we have a way of getting at the HTTP activity.

 

Continue reading to find out how LoadRunner can be used to access and record HTTP traffic on the iOS device.

 

(This post was written by Gennady Gorenshtein from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Performance Center maintenance tasks - recommendations and guidelines

load testing.jpgHave you ever been driving down the road when suddenly your engine starts to stall out and your car stops? Does it ever happen at the exact 100,000 mile mark if you haven’t replaced the timing belt?

 

No of course that scenario doesn’t happen. But not taking care of your car (or your performance testing software) does have consequences. Keep reading for an easy-to-follow guide to maintaining your HP Performance Center installation.

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Need faster load testing? How does 9x’s faster sound? Look no further than HP StormRunner Load

Would you put up with a tool that wastes your time? I can’t imagine why you would.iStock_000021187110Medium.jpg

 

I have a zero-tolerance policy for slow tools, because tools are supposed to make me faster, and as you know, speed counts. In application delivery it’s all about who can release faster without compromising the experience for the end user.

 

Keep reading to see how fast you can really go.

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HP Webinar: ABCs for Performance Testing Series I

ABC blocks.pngPerformance testing is not just about creating scripts and executing the tests. Once you understand this fact, you begin to look deeper into the rationality behind how to design, execute and understand the results.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can join us for a series of webinars and learn how to gain this understanding.

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Mobile Load: Performance Testing for Mobile Applications

mobile load testing.jpgMobile applications are everywhere. They have infiltrated every aspect of our lives. They are much more than simply a trend, they empower us to do more and be more.

 

But these applications pose a challenge for developers. There are multiple devices and platforms that all have different performance requirements.

 

Keep reading to find out what developers can do to make sure the performance of their applications is satisfactory on multiple devices.

The Protocol Complexity Matrix and what it means for your load testing

protocol complexity matrix.PNGThere are a few general rules that apply to protocols and load testing. One is that if you want to make the job of scripting easier, it comes at the cost of memory.

This is because using more memory makes the protocol less scalable up to the point.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can easily understand the relationship between memory and how many users your load generator can run.

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You are invited to a party in the cloud, a public beta of StormRunner Load

We have a BIG Announcement!

 

This is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a revolution.

 

 

And as you know, revolutions often start with the sound of thunder in the distance.

 

 

Prepare yourself…a storm is coming!

 

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StormRunner Load bringing you fast and simple performance testing on demand

When you think of the word “Cloud”, chances are that you don’t immediately think of weather. (This is an industry-blog after all). Your mind most likely thinks of the ways you can save money by moving to the cloudiStock_000018646128Small.jpg.

 

Now what do you think about when I say the word “Storm”? (Now I bet you are thinking about weather.)  As of July 24, my hope is that you will think performance testing when I say “storm”.  Keep reading to find out why you should look to the cloud for the latest in performance testing.

 

 

 

 

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Working with HP LoadRunner and HP Network Virtualization

02.pngHP Network Virtualization (NV) helps you test the point-to-point performance of network-deployed products under real-world conditions. You can simulate network effects such as latency, packet loss and bandwidth, allowing your test to run in an environment that closely resembles the actual deployment of your application.

This becomes even more important in the mobile world, where performance testers must take into consideration the different communication conditions which are affected by the network operators, infrastructures, etc.

 

Continue reading to learn about how NV integrates with HP LoadRunner to provide the complete testing experience for all network situations.

 

(This post was written by Dan Belfer, Ilona Zaurov and Yoav Weiss, from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Big news! HP LoadRunner and Performance Center 12.01 are launching today!

I have been on such an emotional high the past month watching the World Cup. The games have all been so exciting, that now I am looking to replace that excitement.

 

Thankfully I have the excitement surrounding our latest LoadRunner and Performance Center release to keep me going. Keep reading to find out why I am so excited!

Labels: Load Testing

LoadRunner licenses now available on Pronq.com

Acquiring testing tools shouldn’t be painful. You should be able to get started quickly, and scale up your usage on-demand, at any time. That’s why we’re now offering Virtual User Day licenses for LoadRunner on Pronq.com.

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Overcome the Top 5 DevTestOps Challenges: Mobile, Cloud, Agile, Performance, and Big Data

 Learn how to overcome the Top 5 DevTestOps Challenges: Mobile, Cloud, Agile, Performance and Big Data for the benefit of your business and customers.

What happens in Vegas… HP Discover and performance testing and virtualization

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The weather outside was hot, but the temperature inside was even hotter. HP Discover Las Vegas 2014 was an event for the ages! There was so much happening at the event that I am sure you couldn’t catch it all!

 

Have no fear. I am here with a wrap up of HP Discover and all of the announcements and innovations surrounding HP LoadRunner, Performance Center and HP Network Virtualization. Keep reading to learn what was announced and what others had to say about the event. 

 

Learn why Dragon 2 from DreamWorks was there too!

Application performance that wins customers: the missing piece of the agile puzzle

Shane Evans bio.pngApplication performance provides the first impression of quality for every customer experience, and is a vital aspect of development and testing. Unfortunately, it is often discussed too late in the project. This is specifically why we wanted to address it in a special webinar on June 18.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can shift your focus onto application performance.

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Discover how HP Service Virtualization drove Darden’s business success

Darden.PNGIs it possible to have information systems that easily connect and network independent sources?

 

Join us at HP Discover to hear from Darden Concepts Inc. and learn how the world’s largest full-service restaurant company is able to have restaurants operate independently yet share information. This ability increases efficiency and adds value.

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HP Discover tips and tricks: the performance testing edition with HP and Major Healthcare MCO

tips and tricks dice.pngThe International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that by late 2013, mobile phones will surpass PCs as the most common web access device globally. Are you prepared?

 

As a result of the global shift in mobile, it is vital that you stay one step ahead of the game and make sure your mobile applications are up to par. Keep reading to find out how you can learn more about mobile performance testing at HP Discover.

Put mobile performance testing at the top of your must-see list in Vegas at HP Discover!

Discover loadrunner presentation.jpgIf you are going to HP Discover, we have a session on mobile applications performance testing that you won’t want to miss.

 

CA Technologies’ SME Quality Assurance Architect Srdjan Nalis, will present a dive deep about mobile performance testing and how it’s done. In addition, participants will get an inside look at how CA technologies uses HP LoadRunner, HP Performance Analytics and Perfecto mobile software to achieve their mobile performance testing needs.

 

Keep reading to learn how you can attend this fascinating session.

4 tips and tricks for mobile performance

Event to fix.pngOne of my favorite things about my job is helping testers and developers. Today I am sharing some tips and tricks surrounding the mobile space.

 

Keep reading to find out how you can optimize your testing, even in the face of mobile device fragmentation.

Your guide to performance testing at HP Discover 2014!

performance testing.pngHP Discover 2014 is just around the corner! There are so many activities and meetings that it is hard to keep up with everything! In order to help you find your way around and make sure you don’t miss anything, I created this go-to-guide for HP Discover!

 

 

We have tons of great sessions from customers, new products, new releases and tons of networking! You won’t want to miss all the fun!

Anticipate your load with burst testing with Performance Center on HP SaaS

weather-warning-sign-2-1100939-m.jpgLet’s pretend that you work for a company that is on the verge of launching a new product. Are you losing sleep because you are worrying about your sales portal crashing? Or, are you resting peacefully because you have tested the site load and you know that you will be fine?

 

Keep reading to find out how you can easily navigate through the burst testing storm. 

Labels: Load Testing

Async. Communications: The WebSocket protocol made easy in LoadRunner 12.00

HTML5 introduced several features for web developers. One of the major features is WebSocket, which is a full-duplex asynchronous communication channel over a single TCP connection.

Before LoadRunner 12.00, it was almost impossible to record/replay WebSocket traffic.  But the good news is that LoadRunner 12.00 makes it so much easier!  Continue reading to learn about the support for WebSockets that was recently added to LoadRunner 12.00

 

 (This post was written by Peng-Ji Yin (Jerry), with contributions from Avishai Moshka, both from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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Async. Push Communications : A Brave New World

I think that more apps will resemble chat rooms, stock tickers, sport scores -- what we call real-time updates such as push notifications.

 

But performance testers will need a new mindset (a way of thinking) to measure and analyze the performance of asynchronous systems.

Performance testing—now powered by SaaS

keyboard cloud.jpgHP Performance Center on SaaS takes the cloud theme of the Apps 12 launch one step further. HP PC on SaaS eliminates the need to have hardware on premise and allows you the flexibility to burst into the HP SaaS cloud,  clouds purchased from elsewhere or a combination as your testing needs demand. 

 

Keep reading to find out how HP SaaS can help you quickly unlock the value of Performance Center to get through your first round of testing within days of signing up.

 

Guest post by Mustali Barma, HP PC on SaaS Solution Manager

Is testing at its essence just “faking it”?

design learn simulate.pngFor my first true testing job, I was totally over my head. I was young, inexperienced and honestly had no clue what I was doing. Yet somehow I was able to convince everyone that I knew what I was doing as a testing expert.

 

I learned how to be an “expert” by watching those who truly were and mimicking what they did. The same is true of application testing today. In load testing, we apply a load to fake a real system into believing real people are accessing it so we can understand how the system under test (SUT) will respond in the real world.  Keep reading to find out how you can better take advantage of this principle in your environment.

 

 

Guest post by  David Flynn, HP Solution Architect

Labels: Load Testing

Looking for more on LoadRunner12? This is your chance!

LoadRunner 12 webinar.pngMark your calendars! April 24 is when you can get an in-depth look at HP LoadRunner and Performance Center.

 

Consider this your private invitation to the event. (But I guess you can share the invite if you like.)

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Testing myths—debunking the top 5 myths of mobile application performance testing

Mobile device.pngHow do you test your mobile application?  Are you sure that your current testing methods are reflective of actual usage?

 

Learn what the top five myths of mobile application performance testing are. You can also learn what you should do instead if you are currently using one of these testing methods.

Labels: mobile testing

LoadRunner 12.00’s new network profiles make it easier to connect to your LGs, MI Listeners and MoFW

HP LoadRunner 12.00 adds a new feature called Network Profile, which makes it easier for customers to configure their network environment for load testing. The new feature enables the Controller to communicate with other components such as Load Generators, MI Listener and Monitor Over Firewall via a proxy.

 

LoadRunner 12.00 allows you to export and import these configurations, making it even easier to configure the LoadRunner network environment.

 

Continue reading to learn about Network Profiles and how you can use them.

 

(This post was written by Lin Chen (Charlie), from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

Virtual Table Server Enhancements in LoadRunner 12.00

p3.pngWith the recent release of LoadRunner 12.00, I would like to introduce some enhancements to the Virtual Table Server (VTS) in LoadRunner 12.00. If you are not familiar with the VTS, you can refer to my previous post, The New Virtual Table Server (VTS) in LoadRunner 11.52.

 

Continue reading to learn about these enhancements, which include multi-instance support, TruClient native support, sample data, and more.

 

This post was written by Jason (Zhi-Yuan Jing), from the LoadRunner R&D team)

Converting TruClient scripts to Web-protocol scripts in LoadRunner 12.0

p7.pngHP LoadRunner provides two solutions for load testing over the Web: the transport-based Web HTTP/HTML protocol, and the TruClient protocol. The difference between them is that the transport-based protocol simulates client requests at the network level while TruClient involves an actual browser engine.

 

LoadRunner 12.00 introduces a new feature, ‘TruClient to Web’, which can generate a web transport script from an existing TruClient script (either TruClient Firefox or TruClient IE). The generated web transport script contains the same business process as the original TruClient script, and at the same time most of the TruClient metadata, such as logs, comments, transactions and code structures, is also converted to in the equivalent Web HTTP script elements.

 

Continue reading to find out more about this new feature, and how to use it.

 

(This post was written by Yang Luo (Kert), from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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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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