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Video: HP LoadRunner in the Amazon EC2 Cloud

HP LoadRunner: Amazon Cloud View Product Walkthrough for Video Datasheet Join Mark Tomlinson as he provides a screen-by-screen walkthrough of HP LoadRunner working on the Amazon EC2 Cloud.

Why mid-sized enterprises are the biggest users of cloud computing, SaaS [reblogged]

You might think that large enterprises are the most interested in cloud computing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. To the contrary actually.  Last month, HP commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct
a study on the use of business technology among 389 companies globally. 
The study looked at the IT buying preferences between 136 large companies and 253 mid-size enterprises (MSEs).  According to the Forrester Consulting study, MSEs are using SaaS and other alternative delivery models much more than large enterprises with “broad adoption across all solution areas.”  The two main reasons cited for the adoption are
faster implementation and lower deployment costs. 


Some other key findings of the study are:


·        MSEs are less interested in driving innovation or business agility.  The highest ranking IT priorities overall for MSEs are reducing cost and supporting business growth.


·        For IT Management, risk management is the no. 1 priority, with 92 percent of the participating MSEs citing this. 


·        Secondary priorities are applications integration and dealing with regulatory compliance requirements.   


HP is introducing this week a number of new solutions designed specifically to meet the unique needs of the mid-size enterprise (1,000 to 10,000 employees).  For example, HP is now offering LoadRunner, its market leading performance testing solution, as a low-cost Cloud-based solution to help MSEs test mission critical
applications and websites. 
HP LoadRunner in the Cloud, available via the Amazon EC2 platform, is a pay as
you go performance testing solution designed to help IT organizations easily and affordably optimize their website performance.


This is just one example of how cloud computing can help MSEs keep down costs while responding to changing business needs. Because MSEs can pay only for the amount of performance testing they need, they can get the equivalent technology of their large enterprise competitors for much lower cost.  It really helps to level the playing field.   


HP LoadRunner in the Cloud is initially available as a free beta offering in the United States only.


To learn more about HP LoadRunner in the Cloud and other MSE solutions from HP, visit www.hp.com/go/software/midsize. There you can retrieve the entire Forrester Consulting study, download product trials, and find easy access to the HP partner community.  You’ll also find special offers and promotions.


We would like to hear from you. Respond to this blog or visit the SaaS Forum on the HP Software
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Prevailing winds bring announcement of HP LoadRunner in the Cloud

It’s a given that performance testing is an integral part of your application
lifecycle.  However, it is often done in an unplanned, ad-hoc manner.  Why?  Because at most companies’ time and money are limited resources – and when resources are scarce, something’s got to give.  Unfortunately testing usually ends up getting short end of the stick in such situations. When you have plenty of hardware and tools - plenty of resources – even then
it can take so much time to provision the test bed that you have little time
left over for much testing at all.  In either situation, it just puts your organization at great risk.


And let’s not forget: it takes money to make money, guys.  When you have almost no budget to invest in testing tools, you might be convinced to rely on inexpensive or open source testing
solutions that provide inadequate testing capabilities.  As my good friend and colleague
Steve Feloney says, “Ya know, you get what you pay for.”  With those naïve’ tools, a mistaken or miscalculated test result could cost you more than you can imagine.


Cloud Computing changes this equation – especially for testing – because it is fast
*and* cheap.  It’s fast, simultaneously provisioning two dozen servers in about 5 minutes, about as fast as you can swipe your credit card.  It’s also cheap.  The basic cloud machine instances cost less than $1 per hour.  This extremely low-cost pricing of Cloud resources is why many of the adolescent cloud-testing startups are finding some wind in their sails.  And you would expect that those startups would take advantage of their fair profits and convert the investment into building better testing solutions.  But they haven’t.  And the winds are about to change. 


Announcing:  HP LoadRunner in the Cloud


We combine the strengths and credibility of LoadRunner with the efficient and cost-effective power of Amazon EC2 to deliver an extremely valuable testing solution that enables performance validation across your application lifecycle.  HP LoadRunner in the Cloud makes performance testing and load testing ubiquitous to organizations and projects of all sizes. 


Key features of HP LoadRunner on
Amazon EC2:


·        Test web applications properly by leveraging market-leading technology


·        Ensure application quality using an affordable performance testing solution


·        Gain immediate access to pre-installed software that enables on-demand, unplanned testing


·        Obtain self-service access to a flexible, scalable testing infrastructure


Right now we are accepting requests for an extended Beta of HP LoadRunner in the Cloud.


Click here for more details on HP LoadRunner in the Cloud - we have lots more materials to share...


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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.
  • WW Sr Product Marketing Manager for HP ITPS VP of Apps & HP Load Runner
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