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roadmapThe road map for LoadRunner and Performance Center 12 and beyond was presented at HP Discover in Barcelona. Take a look at the What’s new in LoadRunner and Performance Center 11.52 from HP Discover article for a link to the full presentation.

Key points for LR & PC 12 (due sometime around March 2014):

  • Cloud Bursting – This was the major announcement. This gives the ability to run Load Generators on the Amazon and HP clouds. The deployment is fully automated and controlled by LR/PC. It is very neat and tidy implementation. One additional benefit is that HP has re-engineered the Load Generator communication protocols to use standard web ports so apparently the MI Listener will no longer be required in firewall situations
  • Better Continuous Delivery support – A new REST API to allow LR/PC to connect to Continuous Integration solutions
  • Better scripting support in native IDEs (VS and Eclipse)
  • Better support for Jenkins
  • Better Performance Application Lifecycle (PAL) support, now including Google Analytics
  • Test Express option in PC to allow the quick setup of ad-hoc tests
  • More protocol support (SPDY, Navigation Timing, HTML5)
  • Better integration with other HP products including a new UI with mobile support (useful for night-time testing)

Key points for planned LR & PC enhancements (no ETA given):

  • Potentially moving away from C to languages like Ruby and Python
  • New ‘lite’ user interface that will work on most browsers
  • More advanced PAL (HP are really pushing this!)
  • Greatly enhanced analysis capabilities

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Posted by:alan
Technical Director, StarBase
Alan has worked for StarBase since 1997. He now has responsibility for identifying and formulating new products, services and solutions; and for evangelising StarBase’s solutions to existing and prospective clients. Alan architected StarBase’s Performance Testing Methodology. In addition to this being the foundation of many successful StarBase client projects, elements have also been adopted by blue chip organisations including companies in the financial sector and leading system integration specialists.

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