HP today announced that the Community Editions of HP’s performance engineering software suite are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace online store. In addition, the solutions – HP StormRunner Load and HP LoadRunner are now pre-configured for Microsoft Azure environments, providing organizations access to cloud-based tools on demand for faster and easier application performance and load testing.

HP also introduced powerful new features to HP StormRunner Load, a SaaS solution for agile development teams to test, analyze, and tune applications to gain confidence in application scalability up to millions of geographically distributed web and mobile users.

HP StormRunner Load enables Agile developers to design, test, and analyze the performance of their applications before putting them in production. The product addresses the growing need among businesses to develop applications that can instantly operate across a variety of platforms and operating systems, including thousands, or millions, of mobile devices. These capabilities are critically important as user adoption and even customer reviews often depend on the quality and speed of the application performance.

The new version of HP StormRunner Load provides increased flexibility for developers to test applications from a wide array of regions provided by multiple cloud vendors, reflecting the complex network of back-end services that typically run mobile applications. HP StormRunner Load can now generate virtual user loads from HP Helion Public Cloud and Azure regions.

Other new HP StormRunner Load features include:

  • Integration with WebPageTest to show client side single user response time when a back-end application is under load.
  • Execution of open source JMeter scripts in addition to LoadRunner vugen and TruClient scripts, JavaScript-based TruAPI scripts and HAR file-based scripts – supporting continuous delivery in Agile environments with Jenkins integration.
  • Additional smart analytics capabilities to identify bottlenecks in real time.
  • Integration with HP Network Virtualization so network behavior is included in end-to-end testing.
  • Integration with HP SiteScope and New Relic application monitoring software to provide real-time monitoring of application health and performance characteristics during testing.

HP LoadRunner software is designed to provide developers with an accurate picture of end-to-end system performance to identify and resolve issues before application changes go-live. It helps organizations reduce the cost of application downtime related to performance issues in production and supports continuous testing of web, mobile, and legacy technologies.

“As mobile application adoption continues to accelerate, businesses are pressed to go Agile in their development environments with rapid testing and continuous delivery,” said Robert Youngjohns, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HP Software. “HP StormRunner Load provides intuitive performance testing software that is both powerful and easy to use by Agile teams. Running HP StormRunner Load on Microsoft Azure and other cloud environments helps developers confidently deliver scalable applications with the performance and experience users demand.”

“With HP StormRunner Load and HP LoadRunner for Microsoft Azure, HP is helping pave the way for customers and partners to access cloud-based tools when they want, and how they want,” said Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group. “HP StormRunner Load along with HP LoadRunner, both in the Azure Marketplace, represents significant contributions to the Azure community and allows customers and partners to more easily enhance their application performance and load testing.”

At Microsoft Ignite, HP will offer an amusing, yet educational, contest for developers and IT professionals. The contest will provide participants the opportunity to learn about HP StormRunner Load. It will allow eligible participants to have a hands-on experience with HP StormRunner Load and to realize the simplicity, intelligence, and scalability of the solution.

Additional information about HP’s performance and load testing solutions is available at HP booth No. 601. Keep up with event happenings by following the hashtag #MSIgnite and follow @HPSoftwareALM.

HP LoadRunner Community Edition is available immediately on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace with HP StormRunner Load Community Edition available next month.