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Apache JMeter vs. Tricentis NeoLoad
July 2022
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"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.""A lot of things are valuable. It is free. It has a lot of features, such as report generation and integration with CI/CD, which makes it very competitive with the other paid solutions available in the market. It is a good solution.""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.""Scripting with the solution is good.""It is cost-effective and simple to use.""It's a free tool.""The performance of the solution is excellent.""The most valuable features are the ability to capture the entire traffic of particular pages and the proper readability of entire pages and entire APIs."

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"I feel that the codeless part, the dynamic value capture part is quite easy in NeoLoad compared to other tools.""The stability is okay.""Very easy to use the front end and the UI is very good.""The most useful aspect of Tricentis NeoLoad was for the web.""Tool for load testing and performance testing with good API support and good technical support. Tricentis NeoLoad is absolutely stable and scalable.""It offered us an easy to use, limited code option for end-to-end performance testing.""The licensing cost is very less for NeoLoad. It is user-friendly and easy to understand because they have created so many useful functionalities. When I started working with this tool, we just had to do the initial assessment about whether this tool will be able to support our daily work or not. I could easily understand it. I didn't have to search Google or watch YouTube videos. In just 15 to 20 minutes, I was able to understand the tool."

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"In Micro Focus LoadRunner we can go from the UI and we can configure it. There is no such feature in Apache JMeter. There should be UI-based recording history or logs.""It will be much easier, and beneficial for the individual to run it on their own machines rather than having a high-end infrastructure, more CPUs, or more memory that has been consumed by Apache JMeter.""The UI could be better.""The reports in Apache JMeter could improve.""In this tool, automation in general is almost non-existent. Everything is done manually.""They can improve it a little bit in terms of distribution load testing. We struggled with it during the distribution. In terms of reporting, runtime monitoring is not currently included, and it should be included. They can also improve it on the reporting side in terms of the comparison of the reports. They can also focus more on integration with CI/CD. Currently, people are using their own customized tools. It would be nice if Apache can provide some standard tools and procedures for integration with CI/CD tools like DPR. There are some tools, but it would be nice if official standard tools and procedures are available.""Because so much is being done these days with authentication processes, a better system for either getting bearer tokens or some kind of token-based authentication prior to executing APIs would benefit the product. It is there, and you can do things. It is just not real clean at this point. There should be a better authentication process for JMeter or some automation or better guidelines for gaining and utilizing tokens on the fly.""The plug-ins make the reports heavy and they have to be run in non-GUI mode."

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"Tricentis NeoLoad could improve the terminal emulation mainframe. It is not able to use the low code or no code option. You have to code it yourself.""LoadRunner supports multiple protocols, whereas NeoLoad supports only three protocols. With NeoLoad, we can go for the SAP technology, web-based HTTP, and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). If I have to simulate .NET application-based traffic, I won't be able to do that. So, protocol support is a limitation for NeoLoad. It should support more protocols.""LoadRunner offers a full protocol, whereas, with this product, only a few of the protocols are supported - not all.""Support wasn't able to solve a technical issue.""We would like NeoLoad to be able to support more protocols. Testing can also be a little tricky at times.""The SAP area could be improved.""There were some features that were lacking in Tricentis NeoLoad, e.g. those were more into Citrix and other complicated protocols, which were supported easily by a competitor: Micro Focus LoadRunner. We also need to look into how it integrates with other Tricentis products, because Tricentis did not have a good performance testing tool until now."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "Its licensing cost is very less."
  • "NeoLoad is cheaper compared to other solutions. There are no additional licensing fees."
  • "Pricing is always cheaper with Tricentis NeoLoad versus the very expensive Micro Focus LoadRunner."
  • "Tricentis NeoLoad price is a benefit of using this tool, it is less expensive than some of the other solutions."
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    NeoLoad, Neotys NeoLoad
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    Overview

    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.”

    Tricentis NeoLoad is a performance testing tool that provides developers and testers with automatic test design, test maintenance, realistic simulation of user behavior, fast root cause analysis, and built-in integrations with the entire SDLC toolchain. With NeoLoad’s plugins, teams can reuse and share test assets and results from functional testing tools, analytics, metrics, and APM tools in order to catch performance issues early. With NeoLoad’s full tech stack support, users can test the range of mobile, web, and desktop apps.

    Tricentis NeoLoad Features

    Tricentis NeoLoad has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Supports API technologies 

      • Support for SOAP/REST.
      • Assisted design with Swagger/Open API import and highly efficient extractors for quick test design and fewer errors in scripting.
      • Ability to test as code or GUI-based productivity.

    • Automated testing of API performance

      • CI/CD automated API testing, dynamic load generation infrastructure, and auto pass/fail based on SLAs.
      • Real-time test results for fast dev feedback loop if bottleneck is found.
      • Non-regression API performance trends.
    • API-based applications 

      • Ability to test stand-alone APIs or APIs within end-to-end tests. Same platform, same skills.
      • Dev, PO, QA, Ops share a common view of API performance.
      • Confidence in API and application speed and reliability.

    • Design tests faster and update automatically

      • Assisted design using wizards and automatic parameter handling.
      • Reuse functional scripts and/or convert LoadRunner scripts to NeoLoad performance tests.
      • Update system-level scripts quicker with automatic user path updates.
      • Easy to reuse and maintain.

    • Realistic user simulation

      • Simulate any business case.
      • Scale load tests with up to millions of virtual users.

    • Bottleneck identification

      • Real-time test analysis.
      • Pass/fail based on SLA.
      • Root cause analysis.

    Tricentis NeoLoad Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Tricentis NeoLoad. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Automate API testing within CI pipelines: Design, maintain, and run performance tests. Analyze results within continuous integration pipelines.
    • Accelerate end-to-end app testing: Create test scripts fast for complex applications using a graphical user interface without the complexity of scripting new and updated tests.
    • Find performance bottlenecks fast: Compare SLAs to server-level statistics to measure how an application is performing. See overall analysis of behavior or an analysis of the data flow to a particular user path.
    • Manage across the enterprise: Collaborate across QA, operations, dev, and business teams to define SLAs and review results. Share test results and manage test infrastructure. Schedule and share resources across teams and apps.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Tricentis NeoLoad stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Some of these include its price, its user-friendly UX, its API support, and its scalability. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Patrik B., Technical Lead at a tech services company, writes, “The licensing cost is very less for NeoLoad. It is user-friendly and easy to understand because they have created so many useful functionalities. When I started working with this tool, we just had to do the initial assessment about whether this tool will be able to support our daily work or not. I could easily understand it.”

    A Global Delivery Head at a consultancy firm notes, “The API support is much better with this solution, compared with the competition. Pricing for it is also more affordable than its competitor. We have used Tricentis NeoLoad and we find it scalable.”

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    AOL, Orbitz, Innopath Software, PrepMe, Sapient, Corporate Express Australia, CSIRO, Ephibian, Talis, DATACOM, ALALOOP, eFusion, Panter, Sourcepole, University of Western Cape
    Dell, H&R Block, Best Buy, Orange, Verizon Wireless, ING, Mazda, Siemens, University of Oxford
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    Financial Services Firm31%
    Computer Software Company28%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Educational Organization7%
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    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm11%
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    Retailer15%
    Government15%
    Healthcare Company10%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise52%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Apache JMeter vs. Tricentis NeoLoad
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Apache JMeter vs. Tricentis NeoLoad and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,358 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Apache JMeter is ranked 1st in Performance Testing Tools with 26 reviews while Tricentis NeoLoad is ranked 4th in Performance Testing Tools with 7 reviews. Apache JMeter is rated 7.4, while Tricentis NeoLoad is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Apache JMeter writes "Easy to learn, and free to use but could be more user-friendly". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tricentis NeoLoad writes "Good licensing cost, user-friendly, and makes it easy and quick to create scripts". Apache JMeter is most compared with Postman, BlazeMeter, Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional, ReadyAPI and Katalon Studio, whereas Tricentis NeoLoad is most compared with Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional, BlazeMeter, Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud, Tricentis Flood and Tricentis Tosca. See our Apache JMeter vs. Tricentis NeoLoad report.

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