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HP launches app testing and delivery tool – StormRunner Load
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HP launches app testing and delivery tool – StormRunner Load 

“The StormRunner Load is an extension and an addition to our performance testing suite of software, the HP software office, and that forms part of our broader application delivery management offerings,” Murphy explained. “Essentially, those are set of solutions which as the name implies will help our customers in delivering applications mainly focused on quality and testing and management. So we have three core areas – modern lifecycle management which helps our customers with dealing with the challenges with lifecycle management, agile PaaS management, functional testing solutions and then in all-performance testing and virtualization solutions.”

“It is essentially targeted at helping our customers leverage the cloud and deal with the challenges that come from performance and load testing, mobile and web apps,” she added. “It is primarily targeted at agile and equity development teams who are looking for essentially a small, simple and scalable solutions.”

Three aspects of StormRunner Load
Murphy discussed three aspects of StormRunner Load: Simplicity, intelligence and scalability.

“Often we see with agile and teams who are dealing with mobile and web apps, they want a tool which is easy to use,” Murphy commented. “This solution has easy script creation.”

“In addition to that, users want a tool which is smart, which is going to give them real–time analytics without delay, so being able to identify and see anomalies or breakages, so that the teams could move quickly with their load and performance testing,” she remarked about StormRunner Load’s intelligence.

“StormRunner Load is a time–based solution in terms of process management and how we deploy virtual users,” said Murphy. “These users are deployed across fast-paced infrastructure. Today, we support AWS and going forward we will be adding support for HP Helion and also as a third-party cloud vendor. Our goal is to essentially help our customers to be able to get a scalable low testing solution so that they can quickly execute their load test.”

“An example of that is we recently did a test where we scaled to 1.5 million virtual users just in under 15 minutes, in comparison to some of our competitors who can often take 90 minutes or more which allows our customers to be able to meet those needs are often placed on them when they are testing mobile and web apps which is all about the need for speed, the need for velocity, being able to get real-time data and insight into what is happening with the performance testing and also the ability for the teams to ultimately be very nimble and support nimble and agile development,” Murphy explained. “Ultimately, StormRunner Load’s goals are to add performance testing solutions and help customers who are dealing with the challenges with potentially modern application delivery,” she concluded.

ITiC: In addition to the three aspects mentioned, what are the other factors considered?
Murphy: Yes, obviously we have ongoing StormRunner because it is a fact-based solution and allows us to release more iteratively than some of the other products. We have goals to continue to enhance upon each of those three elements, and also add different capability to the solution based upon dependent customer needs. So, whether that be support for additional technology, additional analytics which we will apply, or may be different integration to develop a different ecosystem and a broader lifecycle management ecosystem.

ITiC: What are the companies/market sectors this solution is going to focus upon?
Murphy: We cover mainly enterprise customers. Within the enterprise customers of global 5000, we tend to target two sets of customers. With our existing solutions, performance centres and Loadrunner we tend to target central IT into excellence. With StormRunner Load, we are going after the same enterprise customers but really going after the line of business and project teams. In terms of verticals that we cover, we have a holistic coverage. Our lead verticals will be banking and insurance, communications, entertainment and manufacturing. Obviously within that, we go after enterprise customers but not just central IT. We are really trying to focus on the agile teams and the testing which are done within the line of business.

ITiC: Please elaborate on HP’s short-run and long-run plans.
Murphy: So what that essentially means is that when you break down our goal into practicalities of application delivery it breaks down into four areas. Helping our customers to automate as much of the profits as possible whether that automations are functional or performance testing, it breaks down into viewability to leverage things like virtualization, in an operations perspective but also in terms of virtualization in the testing environment.

We have two solutions within our portfolio. One is called service virtualization and the second one is called network virtualization. All of our customers will be able to virtualize or stimulate or service and network conditions in a pre-production environment so that they can more effectively test the quality and the overall contexting user experience of the apps.

ITiC: Is this going to be a seamless process?
Murphy: Seamless is about two things. One is the ease of use of actually setting up a managing environment. StormRunner Load is actually enabled by our online business platform, but it can be purchased in both the self-service mode and it can be purchased directly with either our partners or HP sales reps. And then seamless is more about how easy it is for customers to go and use their existing investment in HP and also integrate into their broader ecosystem.

So on the first one, the script our customers have created with both performance and LoadRunner solutions, which are existing solutions in the market and can be reused with StormRunner. And on the second element, we have a number of integrations as part of our broader lifecycle solution, the developer ecosystem and the external testing ecosystem and allows our customer to create and enter into a seamless experience for the purpose of participating in performance testing.

ITiC: What do you think the future holds for this?
Murphy: The future for this is really about expanding our technology support adding additional analytics and the ability for our customers to use the data they generate with StormRunner Load in order to be able to make more effective decisions. One of the goals of HP software overall is to leverage the power of Big Data with StormRunner Load. We are not only testing with huge amounts of data transaction but we want to be able to use information that we collect as part of the test in order to provide better insight to our customers about how to optimize the testing, how to prioritize the testing, and how ultimately to provide a better enter-in and user experience for that customer.

Finally, the real goal with StormRunner Load is to focus on three above-mentioned things and help our customers deliver what we consider amazing apps and those amazing apps are high performing, they are scalable and really looking at the end-user experience from all angles, whether we are stress testing the application from a load perspective, the enter-in performance of the application, or dealing with network condition. So, our goal is to really help our customers have fast, easy and effective access to high-quality testing zone that allows to get their process run faster.

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