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We performed a comparison between Apache JMeter and Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Performance Testing Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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"It's easy to set up.""The scripting ability is most valuable. It is easy to use. There is a UI, and you can go in there and figure those things out. After you've got a good set of tests, you basically have a scripted document that you can grab and execute in a pipeline. It is pretty quick to set up, and you can scale it and version control it.""The features that I appreciate are quite basic. It is easy to ramp up the threads and start calling the application. A lot of connectors can already be found within Apache JMeter, but we are not using the entire set because the integration between the customers and platform is based on HTTP. We are just going to produce lots of HTTP sequences.""The metrics part of it and the ability to write your custom code to do some specific tests in the performance testing space are the most valuable features.""It is scalable. You can scale up to 1,000 users in JMeter. If you can put up four slave servers, you can easily ramp up to 1,000 users.""The solution is scalable.""Very user-friendly and easy to use.""We like that Apache JMeter has different features and different plugins and that they are free of charge."

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"It's a fast product, so you don't have much trouble in terms of maintenance overhead. You don't want to just look into configuring load generators, look for upgrades, and end up having that take up a lot of your time. With this solution, you just log in and you start using it. This means that there is a huge benefit in terms of the overhead of maintaining the infrastructure and the maintenance effort.""The TruClient feature is the most valuable for us. An application with testing can only be scripted using TruClient, so it's part web-based, but it also has its own protocol combined with HTTP and HTML. So many other tools do not recognize this specific proprietary protocol. Using TruClient, we can still create scripts that cover everything that we need to cover.""The record and playback feature is the most valuable feature. It's all driven by the script, so it's a script-based tool where the background tracing starts. Java's background process does a lot of tracing. The process starts in the background. It sees what peaks of volumes that the process can handle. It's easy to use because it's script based, record, and playback. I""The solution can scale.""The fact that the solution supports multiple protocols such as open source, VuGen, TruWeb, TruClient, and SAP is very important because these protocols help us to concentrate on what is really needed to produce performance tests. If something is not supported, you have to use other tools or find other ways of assimilating loads."

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"The UI needs some work. The first time I used JMeter, I couldn't record the full scenario to mimic the user experience. Since then, they have introduced some plugins and a third-party tool called BlazeMeter.""The installation needs some work. It could be simplified.""One of the drawbacks of JMeter is that it can't handle a large amount of load, which forces us to switch to other tools when we need to load more than a 5,000 or 10,000 user load.""Report generation needs to be improved. It is quite difficult to get to.""At present, if the number of virtual users increases beyond 10,000 when testing, then it results in a Java heap which causes the solution to crash.""The plug-ins make the reports heavy and they have to be run in non-GUI mode.""You really need a technical team in order to really utilize the product.""JMeter should be more stable. Every time there is a new release coming up, a lot of its older functionalities or the new functionalities that are brought in are not very well-documented. It should be documented properly, and there should be proper use cases."

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"I would like for there to be better integration with other tools so that when you do load testing you can also do a security check.""Reporting and analysis need improvement. Compared to the old school LoadRunner Windows application, the reporting and analysis are mediocre in LoadRunner Cloud.""We did have some challenges with the initial implementation.""We are trying to put it into a complete CI/CD pipeline, but there are still some challenges when you try to run it through different protocols. The challenges are around how you can containerize applications. There are some limitations to some protocols, such as desktop. And when it comes to database testing, there are some things that we can't do through CI/CD.""CI/CD integration could be a little bit better. When there's a test and if you see that there are high response times in the test itself, it would be great to be able to send an alert. It would give a heads-up to the architect community or ops community."

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  • "In terms of open-source adoption, it is completely free."
  • "We are using the free version, and if required, we can easily switch to the other version."
  • "When comparing the price with Load Runner, and if the cost is an issue then JMeter is a better choice"
  • "I haven't looked into it. Most of our projects are nonprofit or grant-based. Everything is public commons, so we don't really have to worry about that so much."
  • "No licensing is required as it is a free, open-source tool."
  • "We are using the free version."
  • "Apache JMeter is a free open source solution and it is why we are using it."
  • "It is open source. There are no licensing costs associated. If you need enterprise support, you'll probably end up paying for a license. You would also factor in the infrastructure cost, but that's not significant."
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  • "We make use of virtual user hours. We buy time in the LoadRunner Cloud. It costs around $80,000."
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    Top Answer:JMeter is a free tool with a large user population, which comes in handy because we have a vast knowledge base to tap into when needed. It's also easier to hire consultants who know JMeter.
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    Top Answer:I'm not aware of the cost. I don't handle that aspect of the product. My understanding, however, is that it is a little bit pricey.
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    StormRunner Load, LoadRunner Cloud, and Micro Focus StormRunner Load
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    Apache JMeter is an open-source Java application that tests load and functional behavior and performance in applications. Created initially to test web applications, it has expanded its functionality to test other functions. For instance, you can test a server to see how efficiently it works and how many user requests can be handled simultaneously.

    You can use JMeter to test functional performance and regression tests on different technologies. This Java desktop application has an easy-to-use graphical interface which uses the Swing graphical API. You can run JMeter on any environment that accepts a Java virtual machine, such as Windows, Linux, and Mac.

    What protocols does JMeter support?

    • Web - HTTP, HTTPS
    • Web services - SOAP/XML-RPC
    • Email service - POP3, IMAP, SMTP
    • FTP service
    • Database via JDBC drivers
    • LDAP
    • Native commands or shell scripts
    • TCP
    • Java objects

    How does JMeter work?

    JMeter sends requests to a target server by simulating a group of user requests. Then it collects and calculates statistics on the performance of the target. This target can be a server or an application.

    You can test the performance of static resources, such as JavaScript or HTML, and dynamic resources, such as JSP, Servlets, and AJAX. It is also helpful to determine how many concurrent users your website can handle.

    There are two main tests you can carry out with JMeter: load test and stress test. The load test models expected usage of a server by simulating multiple users accessing the web server simultaneously. The stress testing aims to find the maximum load capacity of the server or application.

    Apache JMeter Key Features

    • JMeter enables fast test plan recording, building, and debugging via a featured test IDE (integrated development environment).
    • Command-line mode allows carrying out load tests from any OS compatible with Java.
    • JMeter can extract data from most popular response formats, such as HTML, JSON, XML.
    • JMeter is entirely portable.
    • A multithreading framework allows you to simultaneously test multiple samplings and separate thread groups.
    • Thanks to the caching feature, you can conduct offline analysis or replay test results.

    Apache JMeter Benefits

    • As open-source software, it is freely available and continuously improved.
    • The setup is user-friendly, and no installation is needed.
    • The GUI (graphic user interface) is intuitive and easy to use.
    • You can write your own tests and use the visualization plugins to extend the testing.
    • It is a platform-agnostic tool. For example, JMeter can work with Linux by clicking on the JMeter shell script. On Windows, you can call up JMeter by starting the jmeter.bat file.
    • Since the test plans are stored in XML format, you can generate a test plan using any text editor.
    • You can simulate a heavy load on a server, a group of servers, a network, or an object. Use JMeter to test an application or server's strength and performance under different load types.

    The JMeter extensible core has numerous benefits:

    • Unlimited testing capabilities via pluggable samplers.
    • You can choose multiple load statistics with pluggable timers.
    • Visualization plugins and data analysis enable customization.
    • Continuous integration via third-party open-source libraries (Maven, Gradle, and Jenkins).

    Reviews from Real Users

    Stephen B., I.T. Architect, Analyst, and Developer at an educational organization, says, "The scripting ability is most valuable. It is easy to use. There is a UI, and you can go in there and figure those things out. After you've got a good set of tests, you basically have a scripted document that you can grab and execute in a pipeline. It is pretty quick to set up, and you can scale it and version control it."

    "I like the fact that JMeter integrates well with other tools," adds the Founder and Principal Consultant at a tech services company.

    A Quality Engineering Delivery Leader at a financial services firm says, “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.”

    Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud is a simple, smart, and scalable cloud-based load and performance testing solution for agile and DevOps teams.

    With LoadRunner Cloud, your software development team gets quick access to cloud-based performance testing resources. You won't be held up by a lack of infrastructure or the requirement to deploy updates for on-premises components, insufficient reporting, or a lack of scale. You can take on any project thanks to LoadRunner Cloud’s broad coverage, cutting-edge technologies, comprehensive integrations, and potent analytics. Together with the other components of the LoadRunner family, your company can build a scalable performance engineering practice. Simply select the appropriate tool for the job at hand while leveraging a connected eco-system that delivers smarter insights, tighter cooperation, and better cost savings.

    Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud Features

    Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Cloud scalability: LoadRunner Cloud allows you to perform real-time testing with more than five million virtual users from various geographical regions in a matter of minutes. It is built to manage massive scale without the need for additional hardware.
    • Worldwide coverage, no overhead: Micro Focus will handle the management of overhead expenditures and continuous maintenance so you don't have to. Using private clouds, on-premises load generators, or cloud locations like AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform, you may quickly distribute virtual users to other regions. With support for more than 40 cloud regions, worldwide coverage can be achieved in minutes as opposed to days or weeks.
    • Quick testing: LoadRunner Cloud makes it easy to design, create, and run tests. It’s an ideal cloud load-testing solution for your fast-moving agile development process.
    • Simplified test creation: LoadRunner Cloud supports third-party open-source tools like JMeter, Gatling, and Selenium while enabling you to leverage pre-existing scripts written in best-in-class scripting applications like LoadRunner Developer, VuGen, TruClient, and DevWeb. LoadRunner Developer is integrated with LoadRunner Cloud.

    Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Scale to more than five million virtual users for ultimate test coverage.
    • Reduce hardware maintenance with a flexible testing paradigm.
    • Run tests in different locations using public cloud, private cloud, or on-premises load generators.
    • Use any LoadRunner scripts, open-source tools, or create a test using the REST API, a CSV file, or a HAR file.
    • Agile and DevOps teams can immediately analyze performance issues using smart reports and dashboards.
    • Encourage cooperation through asset sharing, multi-user, multi-test execution, and project management

    Reviews from Real Users

    Allan B., Lead Performance Test Engineer at BV, notes of the product, “The TruClient feature is the most valuable for us. An application with testing can only be scripted using TruClient, so it's part web-based, but it also has its own protocol combined with HTTP and HTML. So many other tools do not recognize this specific proprietary protocol. Using TruClient, we can still create scripts that cover everything that we need to cover.”

    Abbasi P., a PeerSpot user who works at a financial services firm, writes, “The record and playback feature is the most valuable feature. It's all driven by the script, so it's a script-based tool where the background tracing starts.”

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    Sample Customers
    AOL, Orbitz, Innopath Software, PrepMe, Sapient, Corporate Express Australia, CSIRO, Ephibian, Talis, DATACOM, ALALOOP, eFusion, Panter, Sourcepole, University of Western Cape
    Alfa Bank, N Brown Group, University of Copenhagen, McGraw-Hill, Cognizant
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company33%
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Educational Organization6%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Insurance Company6%
    Educational Organization33%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Buyer's Guide
    Apache JMeter vs. Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Apache JMeter vs. Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Apache JMeter is ranked 1st in Performance Testing Tools with 33 reviews while Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud is ranked 5th in Performance Testing Tools with 5 reviews. Apache JMeter is rated 7.4, while Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Apache JMeter writes "It's a free, scalable tool that's good for checking backend services". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud writes "Enabled us to eliminate load generators, and automatically triggers and produces reports". Apache JMeter is most compared with Postman, BlazeMeter, Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional, Tricentis NeoLoad and ReadyAPI Performance, whereas Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud is most compared with Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise, Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional, Tricentis NeoLoad, BlazeMeter and Micro Focus UFT One. See our Apache JMeter vs. Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud report.

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