Apache JMeter Review

Cost-effective and has good community support


What is our primary use case?

In general, the primary use case of this solution is for performance testing and load testing.

Typically it is for load tests. They have to focus on three metrics including throughput, response times, and the utilization of the resources including the CPUs.

We are delivering some bank houses with performance tests, through JMeter.

The deployment model varies depending on the client. Some have a private line.

What is most valuable?

From the customers' perspective, the most valuable feature is the price.

The most valuable feature for us is the available information on the forums and to be able to discuss and get answers from the people that are involved in using this tool.

What needs improvement?

They have to find a way to prepare the script or to prepare a detailed analysis. We have to collect all the information on each of the services we have to call. Based on this they have to collect in the phase of preparation for the performance test and then we can run our audit. It is easy to prepare a script to run a performance test.

You can't rely on the support. It's something that is not fully working.

The scalability of this solution needs some improvement.

There is some work to be done with the integration.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for over five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable, but it does have one limitation with the number of throughputs. For example, if I want to generate four, five, or two thousand people working concurrently then they have to prepare our setup for ten PC servers.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Normally they can run a load for five thousand people, customers, or users working concurrently. It is scalable but needs some improvement.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support on the site is not fully functioning.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy and straightforward.

You can have it running within thirty minutes.

What about the implementation team?

I had always implemented this solution myself, but It's been a couple of years since I did it last.

Now it is done through our company technicians.  I just coordinate activity-performance tests for our customers.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This is an open-source solution, and there are no fees.

What other advice do I have?

The requirements for most of our customers is to provide them with cheap solutions, and most prefer not to pay for software. This is the right solution for them based on some of the open-source tools that are available.

There are some commercial solutions that provide better integration to the solutions that must be tested when running loads.

I would rate this solution an eight out ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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