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Cloud testing with HP Performance Center 12

provision multiple load generators.jpgIs your department being asked to perform more cloud testing as a result of increasing demand for mobile and analytics?  Cloud testing allows you to quickly and elastically scale up performance tests to meet the demands of your customer-facing business applications.  As a result, you can reduce expenditures and overhead of managing dedicated machines.


Keep reading to find out how you can easily perform cloud testing using HP Performance Testing Solutions.

HP Cloud Testing Webinar: 3 Essential Facts to Simplify Performance Testing

To meet business and technology shifts, agile IT enterprises are adopting technologies and
architectures such as cloud testing and computing which have increased the
speed of application development. 


Keep reading to learn how you can imporve your continuous performance testing.

Using proxy recording for local AUTs in LoadRunner 12.00

p1.pngLoadRunner 11.52 introduced a new feature called Proxy Recording – a way to record remote applications under test. This includes applications installed on mobile devices or computers other than the one on which VuGen is installed. Many users have adopted this feature and given us positive feedback, so we decided to go one step further and offer proxy recording for local Web applications as well in the newest version of LoadRunner—12.00. 


Of course, recording applications that ran on the same machine as VuGen has been possible since the very beginning of LoadRunner’s history, but unfortunately, traditional Web recording techniques caused difficulties for some customers.  Adding Proxy Recording as an alternative recording mechanism should be beneficial for our customers and save a lot of needless troubleshooting.


Continue reading to learn how you can enable Proxy Recording for local applications, and some tips on configuring and using it.


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

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Announcing HP LoadRunner and HP Performance Center version 12

Today is a very exciting day for HP Software Application Delivery Management (ADM) team, with the launch of HP Apps 12. Included in this update is a new version of HP LoadRunner.

With HP LoadRunner and Performance Center software, users have the #1 tool to test their app’s performance thoroughly and accurately. In version 12, a multitude of enhancements were made to its testing capabilities focused around cloud, mobile and continuous testing. Read on as we dive deeper into each type of testing.

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The Need for Integration: The Value of Continuous Application Performance Delivery

continuous performance.pngOver the past 20 years, business applications have evolved from centralized, monolithic mainframe systems to complex, distributed composite systems operating in public and private clouds.  In parallel with the changes in underlying technology, the approach we take to design, build, and deliver business applications has also changed.


Keep reading to find out what has changed and new ways that you can keep up.

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How to get an email alert when a LoadRunner (or other HP Software) release or patch is available

We sometimes find that customers are unaware that new releases and patches of our software are available.  One of the easiest ways to get an alert is to register for an email through the Software Support Online site.  Once you've registered, you'll get an email right to your inbox with details of each new patch or release as they are issued.


Continue reading to find out how to configure an email alert, and never miss a release or a patch again!

Times, timing and timeouts in TruClient

7.pngTruClient is asynchronous by design. This is due to the asynchronous nature of the modern web applications that TruClient is intended to test, and the technology that is used to implement them.


Understanding this important concept is crucial to get the most out of the technology. It also implies that no matter the test structure, or whether the test itself is designed to pause or halt, there may still be some JavaScript or network activity taking place behind the scenes.


TruClient has several concepts related to time, timing and timeouts. Continue reading to learn about these concepts, how to configure them and how they may affect the results of your tests.


(This post was co-written with Geng-Cheng Shen (Victor), from the TruClient R&D Team)

End-to-End Performance Testing: challenges and needs in comprehensive application delivery

end to end approach.pngDynamic business demand for accelerated mobile, cloud and other cross platform software deployments is driving the need to evolve and adopt end-to-end performance testing and management. The push to deploy has led to strong adoption of agile approaches to development, with a majority of organizations evolving and standardizing on agile processes.


Keep reading to find out how to overcome the challenges associated with End-to-End performance testing.

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TruClient - Breaking down client times

teaser.pngTransaction Breakdown and Web Page Breakdown are very common concepts in LoadRunner and load testing in general when working with transport protocols. These metrics provide important information on network timing in order to analyze network layer bottlenecks on the server side when under load.


Keep reading to learn more about TruClient and the Client Side Breakdown metrics, which let you drill down into the Client Time.

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About the Author(s)
  • 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.
  • HP IT Distinguished Technologist. Tooling HP's R&D and IT for product development processes and tools.
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