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LoadRunner in the cloud – An affordable alternative to LoadRunner


HP has recently announced the cloud version of LoadRunner in colloboration with Amazon EC2.

I see this is going to be a game changer in the performance testing industry. The majority of complaints we have heard about LoadRunner have not been about the tool per se but about the high pricing structure that virtually keeps this tool out of reach of small organizations.

LoadRunner in the cloud (may I nickname it LIC?) is not just poised to bridge that gap with its on-demand and “pay-as-you-go” policy – to add to that, its in-the-cloud offering going to reduce the burden of permissions required in a company set-up to negotiate a firewall.

With LIC service, Loadrunner and load generators will be installed on Amazon’s server as LoadRunner Amazon Machine Images (AMI) and will be available on an hourly rate.

This offering is currently in the beta phase and is available for US customer only. While in beta phase, HP is not going to charge you for the AMIs, you will only incur the charges for Amazon’s bandwidth usage (which in my experience are quite minimal)

Check out FAQs on LIC here. Also watch this excellent video by HP describing LIC in brief.

Let us know your views on LIC through the comments section below.


6 Responses to “LoadRunner in the cloud – An affordable alternative to LoadRunner”

  1. I think you missed out an important point here… The loadrunner in the clound is a suitable option due to all the features mentioned by you for CLOUD APPLICATIONS but for In-Premise/Within company network HP-SaaS is the similar alternative but with varied term & conditions

    Posted by Karan | December 24, 2010, 8:57 am
  2. can we monitor the webserver, data base server and app server from amazon’s server( which is having loadrunner and load generators).

    Posted by suresh babu | January 4, 2011, 12:28 pm
  3. can we still use diagnostic server to monitor the server performance(web server, app server, db server)?

    Posted by Mousumi | April 26, 2012, 12:02 pm
  4. I don’t think it will be a game changer and easier to use. If the application servers are located in private domain as most of them are then it would be a security issues for any good company to open it’s firewall for amazon servers to come and access the application.

    Some-more it will be a tough job to convince a local client to open certain ports for the tool and guarantee that no one else enters through it.

    Posted by Prashant | August 13, 2012, 12:31 pm
  5. Hey,
    I want to try LIC, as a self learner how much it can cost me per hr. just to use VuGen machine. what is the AMI name on the cloud

    Posted by nishi | September 18, 2012, 2:51 am
  6. Agree with you @ Prashant…

    Posted by kunal | September 24, 2012, 4:35 pm

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