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Quality Engineering Delivery Leader at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Good performance and easy to configure but could use better UI
Pros and Cons
  • "The performance of the solution is excellent."
  • "You really need a technical team in order to really utilize the product."

What is our primary use case?

We're primarily using the solution for its performance. It's on our data center.

How has it helped my organization?

The tool has been a great help to our organization, which is focused more on quality testing as opposed to performance testing. It's provided a lot of insights. With the digital transformation that is currently happening, the need for that shift was rather critical.

What is most valuable?

The performance of the solution is excellent.

They have designed the product so that it is very easy to configure. 

You can basically do anything you like with the product. It's not very restrictive.

We like the fact that the technology is open-source.

What needs improvement?

The user interface could be improved. If they had better UI, it might make it easier to use.

You really need a technical team in order to really utilize the product.

The scalability could be better, or the process of scaling itself could be a bit more clear.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've used the solution for a couple of years at this point.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is quite good. There haven't been any issues with bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash of freeze. It's very reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Nobody ever has used any tool to its full capacity, including this one. Half of the time it's how you set up and how your environment is. We can easily scale on cloud. So far, we're worried about its ability to scale. Our setup is basically a hybrid cloud where we can have private data centers and we can know exactly where each is located. However, the scaling is a big concern for me. I'm looking at BlazeMeter as well, and, although I've only really read about it, it looks like it scales quite well. With scaling, I'm sure I'll find more complexities, especially if I look into kiosk testing. I'll want to explore further test cases.

Currently, those that are on the product are mostly testing communities approaching it from a performance aspect. Every project is different and therefore the number of users goes up and down.

How are customer service and technical support?

There isn't really a need for tech support with JMeter. There is a vibrant community, which is a good way for a lot of users or developers to go on and post a question and get an answer. The team prefers it this way. It's a positive aspect of JMeter.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have some experience LoadRunner, however, it is expensive for what it offers. This product is open-source which makes it affordable.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. My team was very hands-on. They didn't struggle with the UI at all and it wasn't too complex for them. That said, if a person with lesser skill levels, maybe someone who has a lower skillset, may struggle a bit with the implementation. It's geared slightly towards more technical users.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The product is an open-source solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I understand the Apache also has something called BlazeMeter, which is something I recently looked into.

What other advice do I have?

I'm not quite sure which version of the solution our team is using right now. It's likely the latest version. We did the upgrade on our tools in 2019. It's open-source, and therefore everybody picks up the latest one.

As an open-source tool, there's a good community surrounding it. If you have automation frameworks or a DevOps pipeline, you can connect that and easily configure everything to streamline processes. Due to the fact that it's open-source, you don't have to wait to get the approvals and the budgets in order. That part alone can take months to sometimes years. If your company has the time, they should review the tools. If it seems to fit your organization, I'd recommend trying it out. 

Overall, I would rate the solution seven out of ten. It's a good open-source tool that you can configure easily, and it's very competitive in the market in terms of usability

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
RajaRao
Associate at Tech Mahindra Limited
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
User friendly with good reporting and many useful features
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is a very user-friendly tool, especially when you compare it to a competitor like BlazeMeter."
  • "The solution is a very expensive tool when compared with other tools."

What is most valuable?

The solution is a very user-friendly tool, especially when you compare it to a competitor like BlazeMeter.

The custom meter is nice. It has a lot of features. 

When compared with BlazeMeter, I use the plain data. In the cloud after one year it has been very good. 

With reporting, we will see the door unlock on the main portal very quickly, because LoadRunner has very good analysis tools. You can analyze data and get the error data as well. You can merge them together and dig down into specific points of time. It's great for correlating drafts within the number of users, between accounts, and with support. These functionalities are not there in BlazeMeter.

What needs improvement?

The solution is a very expensive tool when compared with other tools. 

The stability in some of the latest versions has not been ideal. They need to work to fix it so that it becomes reliably stable again.

The cloud solution of LoadRunner is not user-friendly when compared to BlazeMeter. They need to improve their cloud offering in order to compete. It also shouldn't be a standalone tool.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for about one year now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In terms of stability, it depends on what you are using. Sometimes version 5.3 and the newer versions are not stable. The latest versions we are finding are not so stable when compared with the previous versions we've used, so some glitches are there. They need to rectify that. It was stable for two years, and now it's not.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable, and it's based on the number of licenses you have. In comparison, with BlazeMeter, I ran thousands of users, because it's very cheap and we could scale up the number of users easily with very little overhead.

In my experience, I've used BlazeMeter to scale up to 5,000 users. With Micro Focus, there are not more than 2,000 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

In Micro Focus, I have worked with various types of clients. Some clients have platinum customer status, and some have gold. For those levels, the support will be there. At platinum, technical support is very helpful at updating their support and the support is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also use BlazeMeter.

With LoadRunner, I use it with a paid tool, and since I am following the protocol, I need it to be easy to use. Whereas with BlazeMeter, we use it with JMeter. We need to use it sometimes if we want support. We need to configure some properties or some customers' ratings before we can use it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution needs to reduce licensing costs. Its main competition, for example, is free to use, so I'm sure it's rather difficult to compete with it on a cost level.

What other advice do I have?

We're partners with Micro Focus.

I haven't found many products in this particular niche that have compared to JMeter and BlazeMeter tools.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

I suggest other potential users review Micro Focus. If the client has the budget for the solution, I'd recommend it. If they don't have a budget, I'd suggest they instead opt to look a  freeware solution, and I'd suggest they evaluate JMeter or BlazeMeter. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
Amr EL Tahan
Software QA Lead at Ajman Municipality
Real User
Top 5
Good community support, is scalable, and stable but the GUI needs improvement
Pros and Cons
  • "The grids, as well as the selectors, are the most valuable features."
  • "It would be very helpful to be able to write scripts in a GUI, rather than depend so heavily on the command line."

What is our primary use case?

Selenium HQ is used by our organization to automate test scripts for our applications as well as to automate or regression tests carried out during software development.

What is most valuable?

The grids, as well as the selectors, are the most valuable features.

The ease of use for the whole tool.

What needs improvement?

I would like more usability and ease of use.

The graphical interface could be improved. It would be very helpful to be able to write scripts in a GUI, rather than depend so heavily on the command line.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Selenium HQ in my department for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Selenium HQ is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is easy to scale Selenium HQ.

We have five members in our Quality Assurance team, and three are dedicated to Selenium.

We have plans to increase our usage in Selenium but the issue is time.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not contacted technical support. In a Google search, you can find the help you need. It's an open community.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We worked with other solutions previously and changed to Selenium because of the cost of the license.

We are also using Microsoft Team Foundation (TFS), which is now known as Azure DevOps. We are upgrading to DevOps.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

It took half a day to deploy.

One person is enough to maintain this solution.

What about the implementation team?

We completed the installation and deployment internally.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost of the license is better than other solutions. Selenium is a free tool. It's open-source.

To date, we have not paid any additional fees.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend using Selenium with Python, it will be helpful.

I would rate Selenium HQ a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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