The ideal tool should support your objective to test faster across the SDLC, support your Agile/Shift Left approach with test automation and CI integration, accelerate the complex system-wide performance testing phase with faster test design, updates, and analysis.
Finally, the best load testing tool for your needs will support your DevOps evolution – even if you are not yet fully DevOps, or if you just considering it. Today’s performance engineering skill set is not only useful for performance testers. Performance engineering spans across the organization; every stakeholder can work on performance testing and use the performance testing results to optimize applications.
Enable faster test design
Most testing tools (including JMeter) include a GUI with record/playback capabilities that require some coding to customize further scripts – every time there is a change to the application or test adjustment.
NeoLoad is very different from other load testing solutions in the market because there’s no coding required. Also, NeoLoad facilitates automatic execution of correlations at the end of each recording. Parameterization and randomization of variables take just a few clicks, and logical actions are all drag-and-drop. Former users of script-based tools like JMeter tell us that using NeoLoad results in up to 10 times faster test design compared to what they were used to.
Make script maintenance easier and leverage automation
JMeter users know how long it takes to maintain scripts that break whenever their applications change. What good is running automated performance tests if your scripts break, and your fixing effort takes forever?
That’s why NeoLoad provides a user path update feature allowing you to update a designed script with a quick recording, automatically retaining variable extractors; this makes the script maintenance process significantly faster so that performance testing can keep pace with current Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment environments.
Easily integrate into your testing ecosystem
A great performance testing platform is designed to easily integrate into your Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery platforms, as well as for leading APM platforms.
Industry-leading support for new technologies
A great load testing tool would have a consistent track record for supporting new technologies and protocols – months (sometimes years) – ahead of many other tools including Open Source tools like JMeter. This means you don’t have to spend time and resources hand-coding a workaround to include testing support for emerging technologies for IoT and Mobile apps. Of course, the hallmark of a great load testing tool is not just its ability to incorporate a particular technology; it’s how well your tool can test it.
Many current NeoLoad customers were once JMeter users who made the switch because NeoLoad was able to more accurately capture and replay traffic from applications utilizing technologies like HTTP/2, WebSocket, GWT, Oracle Forms, Flex, and adaptive bitrate streaming.