GUI needs improvement, and it is not easy to learn, it requires upfront learning
Pros and Cons
"The most valuable feature of this solution is that it is free."
"In this tool, automation in general is almost non-existent. Everything is done manually."
What is our primary use case?
We use Apache JMeter to test the performance of our platforms and applications.
What is most valuable?
The most valuable feature of this solution is that it is free. If not for that, we would be using a different tool.
What needs improvement?
The graphical user interface could be improved.
In this tool, automation in general is almost non-existent. Everything is done manually. I would advise those who put this together to try to simplify it for their end users, such as being able to automate at their desks. Such as manual relations and social management.
Purely on the feature set, it lacks automation, therefore it requires a lot of manual work.
For how long have I used the solution?
As a performance engineer, I use it almost every day.
I have been using Apache JMeter for two years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
Apache JMeter seems to be stable enough.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
In terms of scalability, we haven't pushed it to a large scale yet.
The majority of users are performance engineers, but there are also some developers.
There are four performance engineers and at least three developers who use JMeter on occasion.
We intend to increase usage, but it is already being used exclusively and extensively.
How are customer service and support?
There is no technical support program for Apache JMeter. There is only an online community of people who help one another.
The community is helpful and fairly advanced.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
In the past, I used to use various tools, primarily LoadRunner.
When I changed jobs, and the new company only used JMeter because we didn't have a license for LoadRunner, I started working with Apache JMeter.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup was very easy.
We used it on a desktop computer. It is also used in the cloud. The idea behind using it in the cloud was to spread loads across multiple machines.
What about the implementation team?
We carry out the deployment ourselves.
We have one performance engineering consultant who maintains this solution.
What was our ROI?
That would not be applicable because it is a free solution.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
Licensing costs are rare.
There are operational costs related to using Amazon Cloud, but the tool itself.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
I looked into other options, such as Bluehost, SmartBear, Epic, and LoadRunner but Jmeter proved to be sufficient for our needs.
We chose JMeter based on its pricing structure.
What other advice do I have?
My advice is that it requires a fairly consistent amount of initial learning. It is not simple to learn.
I would rate Apache JMeter a three out of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?
If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.