Performance Testing Tools Reviews — Best of 2016

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Which do enterprise tech professionals recommend when choosing a Performance Testing Tool?

These are software reviews written by real users from the IT Central Station community, who Performance Testing Tools based on their evaluations of the software capabilities and performance, data analysis features, load testing, and others.

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These are the Top 5 Performance Testing Tools from 2016, according to our user reviews:

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HPE LoadRunner

“LoadRunner is the best for those who need a full blown product, or a diverse range of protocols to be tested.” writes Performance Test Lead, Michael Foster.

Foster explains that between the flexibility and overall capabilities of the controller, the system monitoring, and the analysis — LoadRunner saves him a great deal of time.

Nalin Parbhu describes these very analysis capabilities as “best in breed”, explaining that LoadRunner “allows you to take data from any source and correlate it with your results. In other tools, analysis is more problematic and therefore a bit of a black art.”

Room for Improvement

Sanghani Mihir shares his organization’s wish to incorporate LoadRunner for ordering module that would work with our proprietary in-house ordering module scripting protocol.

“We would like to be able to implement the tool in such a way that load testing can also be done in the cloud” adds Himanshu Tiwari.


HPE StormRunner Load

Senior QA Director Rich Harman attests that “This software solution has allowed us to run larger, high concurrency performance testing cycles in a very repetitive manner…a requirement for validating our application solutions and supporting infrastructure for customer facing web apps.”

For Stephen Dimitrov, StormRunner’s “ease of scripting” is its advantage over “other cloud-based load testing tools.”

Room for Improvement

Dimitrov also adds that both the documentation and the scripts “could absolutely be improved…for example, during a performance test, the monitoring graph is not very clear as to what it’s representing.”


Neotys NeoLoad

“NeoLoad is very user friendly and works well with HTTP and REST AO’s” says Wasseem Yaqoob, naming the “very effective during cloud based testing” and its compatibility with XBAP applications as some of its top features.

Room for Improvement

Yaqoob argues that “Neotys needs to update their online support documentation with more information” about the new JMS protocol, which is in its initial stages.

Other users point to the software’s UI as an area that needs improvement, suggesting that “it’s currently not as friendly as it should be.”

For Georges Lauture, the Neotys Team server, which currently stores project data on the local drive, should store the data on “an actual server.”


Apache JMeter

“I like the ease of using JMeter” writes Senior Performance Test Engineer, Rahul Sharma.  Sharma explains how JMeter can “record, run and create reports easily without the need to have licenses, complex installations and paid support. It can be used to performance test services, web applications, database queries, LDAP, etc.”

Sharma adds that when used for performance testing, JMeter allows his organization to know “which module is lagging behind in performance, whether the software or hardware upgrades have improved the performance or not.”

Room for Improvement

Janesh Kodikara finds that reporting “could be better if it could be like commercial tools. For example, a nice chart and visualizations. You can’t rely on the first 100 test results because the ramp-up and ramp-down time gives false results with outliers. It would be great if an option to ignore first 100 and last 100 records from results and then generate reports, should be great. Needs to support more concurrent users by single JMeter instance (agent/slave)


HPE Performance Center

Steve Maxwell considers HPE Performance Center to be a “platform to get expert level things done for the masses.” Maxwell explains that his organization uses Performance Center to “share with others that don’t do performance testing full-time, so that they in an agile fashion, on demand can go ahead and get real issue-finding testing done; then to go ahead and have that pulled into trending reports so that even subtle differences or trends over time are found and not just game-changing defects.”

Chetan Patel shares that HPE Performance Center “helps us to uncover some very high and critical performance-related defects, and keeping almost zero production issues related to the performance of applications since then.”

Room for Improvement

Maxwell also expresses “some concern over its foundation for utilizing cloud testing hosts in the most integrated fashion. For example there is reliance in AWS to utilize default VPC, and also there is not deep knowledge about utilizing *nix hosts though they are supported.”


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