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"The product is good, and the concept is good as well.""The user interface is fine.""LoadRunner Enterprise's most valuable features are load simulation and creating correlation for parameters.""We have a centralized delivery team and we are able to meet enterprise requirements, which include different types of protocols that are involved, including scripting. The technology supports that and enables us to have a wider range of testing. Enterprise-level testing is something that we are satisfied with.""I think the number one feature everybody likes is the capability to easily generate virtual users as well as the reporting.""Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise supports a lot of technologies. The existing performance testing that this tool is capable of is good. The protocols that are available are widely varied when compared to other performance testing tools.""One of the most valuable features of this solution is recording and replaying, and the fact that there are multiple options available to do this.""Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise Is very user-friendly."

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"We are happy with the technical support."

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"The reporting has room for improvement.""It would be good if we could look forward at the future technology needs we have. I would like to see Micro Focus provide more customer awareness around how LoadRunner can fulfill requirements with Big Data use cases, for example, where you do performance testing at the scale of data lakes... when it comes to technologies our company has yet to adopt, I would like to see an indication from Micro Focus of how one does performance testing and what kinds of challenges can we foresee. Those kinds of studies would really help us.""I believe the data that demonstrates the automated correlations should be corrected.""The installation has not been straightforward, and we have had so many problems. We have had to re-install, try to install on a different machine, etc. We have not been able to launch the LRE server itself yet.""Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise needs to add more features for Citrix performance-based applications testing. This was one of the challenges we observed. Additionally, we experienced some APIs challenges.""Third-party product integrations could be a little more slickly handled.""LoadRunner Enterprise's reporting should be quicker, easier, and more flexible.""Micro Focus needs to improve in terms of support. With the same support plan but when the product was owned by HP, support was more responsive and better coordinated."

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"On a smaller scale, there will be no budget issues, but as we expand to a larger user base, I believe we will face some pricing challenges."

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  • "The price is okay. You're able to buy it, as opposed to paying for a full year."
  • "They have a much more practical pricing model now."
  • "I have not been directly involved in price negotiations but my understanding is that while the cost is a little bit high, it provides good value for the money."
  • "The price of Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise could improve, it is expensive."
  • "The price is a bit too high."
  • "We purchased the license via SAP."
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  • "Certainly, the cost could be reduced."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I think the number one feature everybody likes is the capability to easily generate virtual users as well as the reporting.
    Top Answer:The price is okay. You're able to buy it, as opposed to paying for a full year. You can just on-demand purchase it for your users for a day or two, which is nice in an MSP business like mine. If I… more »
    Top Answer:I think LoadRunner is still getting into grips with me — maybe, I've not used it that much. It's not that popular on the cloud. Also, we have not tried this on mobile platforms with mobile virtual… more »
    Top Answer:We are happy with the technical support.
    Top Answer:Certainly, the cost could be reduced. It requires attention. Clients have expressed dissatisfaction with the price.
    Top Answer:The cost could be reduced slightly. On a smaller scale, there will be no budget issues, but as we expand to a larger user base, I believe we will face some pricing challenges.
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    Also Known As
    Performance Center, Micro Focus Performance Center, HPE Performance Center
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    Micro Focus Performance Center is a global cross-enterprise performance testing tool which enables you to manage multiple, concurrent performance testing projects across different geographic locations without any need to travel between the locations. Performance Center administers all your internal performance testing needs. With Performance Center, you manage all aspects of large-scale performance testing projects, including resource allocation and scheduling, from a centralized location accessible through the Web. Performance Center helps streamline the testing process, reduce resource costs, and increase operating efficiency.

    SmartBear LoadNinja is a cloud-based next-generation tool designed to develop and implement automated load tests for web services and web applications. LoadNinja helps organizations test their web server’s performance during tremendous load and will determine scalability and define overall dynamics.

    Load testing is integral in today's aggressive marketplace so that organizations can quickly and easily determine how their web servers will operate during extreme load (requests). LoadNinja intuitively creates load tests using automation developed by documenting past interactions over web pages and reproduces these interactions with hundreds of virtual users (VUs) simultaneously. These tests help organizations fully comprehend what load their websites, pages, etc, can successfully sustain without interruption or downtime.

    LoadNinja provides various metrics, such as CPU usage and traffic generated during each test run. LoadNinja integrates well with many of today’s popular browsers and web servers.

    LoadNinja Testing - How it works:

    • Develop a UI or API test scenario: These are single-instance tests. Each test is representative of an actual application usage process, such as updating client information, making or tracking an order, etc. A UI test replicates the actions of one user on the tested website. An API test replicates the behavior of one client application. Organizations will run these tests numerous times to replicate tremendous load on the specified web application being tested.
    • Load testing scenario: This is the example of an organization’s load test. The scenario will integrate one of many single-instance tests, designate the number of virtual users (VUs), advance load parameters, and other specific metrics.
    • Work the scenario: LoadNinja processes the load tests in the cloud and provides cloud machines automatically for the entirety of the test. During a UI test, each VU utilizes a real browser to conduct a test action to interact with the organization's web applications appropriately mimicking real user responses, including “think times” and experiencing client-side scripts. Throughout the entire process, LoadNinja will create real-time charts so that organizations are able to best monitor test metrics and the overall wellbeing of the application.
    • Study the results: Once the test is finished, LoadNinja will create a report detailing all the critical performance metrics gathered during the test. This report will give a good determination of an organization’s server capabilities and if it meets the established SLA.

    Top Features:

    • Real-life load tests, simulated real user actions: LoadNinja will document real user actions on the site to be tested, then replicate those actions with the assistance of hundreds or even thousands of virtual users. This ensures load tests are as close to real-life processes as possible. LoadNinja does not just test one URL of a website; it replicates the entire user experience. This is one feature that differentiates LoadNinja from most other solutions in the marketplace.
    • Real browsers, real user replication: LoadNInja replays the documented traffic from real browsers. Every VU utilizes its own browser; there is no overlapping. LoadNinja precisely replicates each user action. Whatever code or script is used, it will be completely tested for every page.
    • Develop tests quickly and easily: Organizations are able to quickly develop UI tests by documenting user actions in the embedded browser. API tests can be developed using the embedded request editor. There is no coding, downloading, or installation of browser plugins necessary.
    • Scales easily: LoadNinja is a cloud solution; there is no need to designate drive space or add extra “agent” devices to save recorded scripts or test results. LoadNinja does it all intuitively and automatically in the cloud. Organizations simply choose the determined amount of VUs desired to replicate, and begin. It’s that simple!

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    Sample Customers
    Hexaware, British Sky Broadcasting, JetBlue
    Falafel Software
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Insurance Company13%
    Computer Software Company27%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Insurance Company7%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise78%
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise is ranked 6th in Performance Testing Tools with 9 reviews while SmartBear LoadNinja is ranked 14th in Performance Testing Tools with 1 review. Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise is rated 7.2, while SmartBear LoadNinja is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise writes "Full geographical coverage, integrates well with monitoring tools, granular project inspection capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SmartBear LoadNinja writes "Good testing, stable, and scalable, but the pricing could be lower". Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise is most compared with Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional, Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud, Apache JMeter, Micro Focus ALM Quality Center and Micro Focus Silk Performer, whereas SmartBear LoadNinja is most compared with Apache JMeter and Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional.

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