IBM Rational Performance Tester Pack of Virtual Testers - license + 1 Year

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  • License + 1 Year Software Subscription and Support
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  • level J
  • Linux
  • Win
IBM Rational Performance Tester tests the performance of complex e-business applications in challenging environments comprised of multi-vendor components and third-party software. It pinpoints the source of system performance issues for business-infrastructure software, relational databases, mainframe applications with Web-based interfaces, and ISV applications.

IBM Rational Performance Tester allows the reuse of test scripts developed for load testing in performance monitoring with IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Transaction Performance.

IBM Rational Performance Tester scales the tests from 50 to thousands of users, called Virtual Testers, so that real-life user loads can be tested.

IBM Rational Performance Tester enables IT teams to adjust system configurations before the software is released to end-users.

IBM Rational Performance Tester Pack of Virtual Testers - license + 1 Year is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Rational Quality Manager adapter allows testers to manage, schedule, and execute their assets from it, though tighter integration with Jazz would be an improvement. Valuable Features:* The graphical Test Results and executive reports* The improved Load Generation Agent* The ability to couple test results with resource monitoring results across all application tiers* The ability to add custom code where needed (for enhanced data correlation for example)* The ever improving auto-data correlationImprovements to My Organization:It helps the testers quickly and efficiently record tests, and setup schedules (test suites).The Rational Quality Manager adapter for Rational Performance Tester allows testers to manage, schedule, and execute their Rational Performance Tester assets from Rational Quality Manager.Comprehensive Rational Performance Tester results allow testers to identify bottlenecks in the systems under test.Room for Improvement:I’d like to see a tighter integration with Rational Quality Manager and the Jazz platform. Additionally, making the results/reports more customizable would be useful.Use of Solution:We've been using it for seven years.Deployment Issues:When implementing complex solutions like this, you often run into deployment issues during the initial setup. However, upgrades have been very easy and transparent to the testers.Stability Issues:In terms of scalability and stability, it is important to gather your performance test requirements ahead of time so that you can properly design the most stable and scalable solution for the enterprise. For example, how many concurrent virtual users will be run during average and peak times is an important factor when determining the number of agents.Technical Support:Rational support is responsive and knowledgeable of any issues we run into with RPT.Initial Setup:The initial setup itself was straightforward, but resolving the various issues after deployment took a couple weeks.Implementation Team:The internal Rational Support team is responsible for the Rational tools where I work. I was involved in the Rational Performance Tester redesign, moving to a virtual server architecture, and involved IBM support when necessary. You definitely need to know what you are doing, or have someone who does available.Cost and Licensing Advice:It helps knowing your usage model, having a performance test plan that includes requirements or projections from the applications to be tested, as well as design details of the test environment. It is more cost-effective buying all your projected licenses up front, as opposed to buying a small number each year to meet your needs.Other Solutions Considered:HP LoadRunner and JMeter were evaluated, and those are good solutions too. The client chose RPT due to the Eclipse IDE and the graphical reports. Additionally, RPT doesn’t really require a lot of custom coding. However, being a Java shop, if custom code is needed we are able to leverage in-house Java developers to help in custom code development if necessary.Other Advice:With little or no experience, you can try to muddle through the implementation if you have enough time. Otherwise, I suggest involving a consultant who really knows it. Full time support is always preferred (hire an experienced in-house team). Alternatively, hire part-time quick start support; find a good IBM Partner, like A Better Solution (ABS), that has a proven track record in helping organizations spin up on the various Rational tools such as this one.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It automatically correlates dynamic values, reducing script-enhancing times and meeting project schedules. However, it failed to support the Oracle NCA protocol. Valuable Features:* Automatic correlation and saving manual correlations and parameterization in a rule, so that it can be used for re-recording or subsequent flows. These features are big time saver.* Easy to include Java classes and write code to manipulate or provide data getting generated at run time.* It offers a good variety of reports to identify the presence and cause of performance bottlenecks. The reports provide the response time breakdown at the method level, which can be used to identify the cause of the bottleneck, by identifying slow performance classes, methods and individual lines of application source code.Improvements to My Organization:Saving the correlations in rule file and using this rule file, helped to automatically correlate dynamic values and thus reducing the script enhancing time and meeting the project schedules. Its built in root cause analysis tool helped to identify issues in codes. It also has good report formats and also provides variety of reports.Room for Improvement:Support for more protocols is required. In one of my projects, we had an application using Oracle NCA protocol. To record this application, third party BSD plugin provided by IBM was used which was not very helpful. The support for this plugin was also not good as IBM support team didn’t know the exact solution.Use of Solution:It's been over three years.Technical Support:It's above average.Previous Solutions:We previously used HP LoadRunner and switched because the license is cheaper.Initial Setup:Straightforward.Implementation Team:We used a vendor team.Cost and Licensing Advice:The pricing is fine, and it's good for long periods.Other Advice:It is significantly cheaper than LoadRunner. I would recommend this tool for small businesses with only web applications for performance testing. This tool is good to use after LoadRunner, but since it is not marketed properly, people have difficulty in using it. Once you are used to this tool, it is user friendly and provides very good analysis for web applications.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We can edit captured transactions and organize them by those for which we require performance metrics, but it lacks a set of manuals or guides that would take out some guess work. Valuable Features:It is used to capture and generate HTTP tests. The capture process is very easy. After this, we edited the captured transactions to organize them into the sections or transactions we require performance metrics for (i.e. splash page, user authentication, main pageload, logout, etc.). This editing process is easy to perform with the interface provided in Rational Performance Tester Finally, Rational Performance Tester has an import/export feature that has been extremely useful. We have used it to export our complete test library and import it into another Rational Performance Tester server with no loss or issues. This allows for platform test migrations and backup.Improvements to My Organization:We are contracted to administrate and maintain an infrastructure that includes web-based services. Using Rational Performance Tester to capture and create ‘scripts’ to test those services allows our company to provide the client with SLA metrics that measure our performance. Also, the test can provide diagnostic indicators that can help point to issues with sub-services behind the web-based ‘curtain’ (i.e. file download, webmail, page loads, authentication, search, etc).Room for Improvement:As intuitive as a product can be, its use could still benefit from a decent set of manuals or guides. It would certainly take much of the guess work out of using and interpreting the product output. If the Rational Software division has produced them, then I can only speculate that maybe they are buried somewhere in the IBM support site.Use of Solution:The person I replaced had been using this for a few years, and I continued to use IBM Rational Performance Tester at the client facility for a further three years. I had never used the product before.Our client holds the support contract for the IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Transactions V7.4.0.1 (ITCAM-RT) which includes a license for IBM Rational Performance Tester 8.6 (RPT). These products were recently upgraded from the IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Transactions V7.3.0.1 and IBM Rational Performance Tester 8.2.1.Deployment Issues:The deployment of RPT 8.2 was easy based on a guide that was provided by a Rational support engineer. I recently used this same Rational Performance Tester 8.2 installation guide to install a new server with RPT 8.6.Technical Support:After placing a PMR with IBM, you are contacted by a support engineer who is a subject matter expert on the product you opened the PMR on. With the experiences I’ve had with IBM, I would give the support team an 85-90% favorable rating. The customer service skills of all engineers have not been consistent enough for a perfect rating. It can also be difficult to determine support needs when your environment contains multiple integrated products/assemblies (i.e. ITM, ITCAM-RT, etc.)Previous Solutions:My arrival on the client site was after the product had already been chosen by the client. I did not participate in the selection/evaluation process that had occurred.Initial Setup:After the product installation, there was no need to change the default application parameters. The default configuration served our purposes ‘out-of-the-box’. The requirement and installation of the IBM certificate to allow the tests to be captured was resolved with IBM RPT support. By creating a “Development”, “Production” and “Archive” project folders, it was very easy to create, test and archive the library of tests that had been created over time.Implementation Team:I performed two Rational Performance Tester deployments using the Windows platform and understandably, each experience can differ. The ITCAM-RT Rational Integration Support was documented in the install guide that it would error and fail unless you install it with a Windows local admin account. My Windows engineer installed Windows Server on a physical server. He then gave me the administrator account and I performed the Rational Performance Tester installation. Next, we joined the server to the domain started the RPT and all was successful. The second install of Rational Performance Tester 8.6 did not work a smooth as the first based on a few steps being rearranged. In this case, the server was built (virtual server this time). The server was joined to the domain and since the group policy would prohibit local admin accounts, we had to install the Rational Performance Tester product through the VMWare console to the server. Next, group policy adjustments had to be made to allow user access to RPT.ROI:Not having been involved in the evaluation or purchase of Rational Performance Tester, I cannot quantify the ROI. I can say that Rational Performance Tester was perfectly suited to provide the means to monitor the availability and performance of our web services.Other Advice:The majority of issues I have experienced have not been attributed to the product, but to the environment. These issues ranged from test target firewall access, browser security configurations, certificate requirements, domain privileges and group policies. Procuring an administrative guide/manual was impossible, but the IBM website does have many supportive tip and “best practice” guides. Any IBM PMRs that we opened on RPT involved test metric interpretations and the IBM/RPT support team was very helpful to diagnose the non-RPT related issues mentioned.To provide and overall usage picture, all tests created in RPT are exported to and performed by ITCAM-RT.The metrics stored in an Oracle database and displayed in views on IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM).We also use Crystal Reports to produce the reports presented to the customer.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It has improved our visibility of reporting and simplified performance testing for larger projects/programs, but the installation and configuration processes need improvement. Valuable Features:* Root cause analysis* Provides the response time breakdown at the method level* Real time monitoring of CPU* Memory* Disk utilizationImprovements to My Organization:It has improved our visibility of reporting and simplifying performance testing for larger projects/programs. Also, it is being used for functional validation as well as for performance regression testing for on going builds/releases.Room for Improvement:Installation and configuration processes, and support from IBM all need to be improved.Use of Solution:I've used it for six months.Initial Setup:Implementation is simple, but exploring the capability of this tools hasn't being marketed as well as LoadRunner/Performance Center 12 has been. More education needs to be provided to users.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:I am a partner, as is my customer.
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a great performance tool RPT before IBM bought it was a really great tool for performance testing. The current RPT is buggy, reports don't generate well, not easy to use (too much clutter in the tool), tool documentation is not great either and could go on and on.There are much better performance testing tool in the market (webload, silkperformer, soasta, Neoload, Loadrunner) than RPT. Even jmeter, I feel is better than RPT.
Date published: 2015-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow improvements last two years on Tool stability I would like to share there is tremendous improvements on Tool stability and new platforms suports and new features.I was working on this tool last few yeras from RPT8.1 version and I can say can it's cost effective and scalable.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Continuously improving I've used RPT since it's inception and full disclosure, have been a trainer and consultant with it. It has flaws, like any software, but is completely indispensable to our organization. Out of the box reporting makes it easy to do a quick presentation, but the deep dive details are all there. Setup can be a challenge for a novice, as it requires both IBM Installation Manager and IBM Rational License Server/License Key Administrator for a full up install. For HTTP, HTTPS and Web Services, RPT (with SOA license) is a great value.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not ease to use or cannot make changes very easyly and retest.
Date published: 2013-05-10
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