Compare Apache JMeter vs. IBM Rational Performance Tester

Apache JMeter is ranked 2nd in Performance Testing Tools with 6 reviews while IBM Rational Performance Tester is ranked 13th in Test Management Tools with 1 review. Apache JMeter is rated 8.2, while IBM Rational Performance Tester is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Apache JMeter writes "Script-generation is helpful for people with little programming knowledge". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Rational Performance Tester writes "A solution that supports multiple integrations and offers great technical support". Apache JMeter is most compared with LoadRunner, BlazeMeter and Postman, whereas IBM Rational Performance Tester is most compared with LoadRunner, Apache JMeter and BlazeMeter.
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JMeter is easy to use for a user who doesn't have too much knowledge of programming or certain languages.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.The ease of use is the solution's most valuable feature. Also, the ability to easily create test cases is also very good. It's easy to just ramp up on the solution.API testing, Database Testing, and MQ testing can be done with ease.The solution offers a lot of plug-ins and a huge continuously developing community that is regularly offering new features and plug-ins.The solution is free. You don't need to worry about licensing costs.

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Technical support is very good. I'm very satisfied with the assistance we've received so far.

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Considering the kinds of tests we are performing here, where we launch several tests at the same time as a batch request, JMeter is not the best tool for the job. Those kinds of things could be done easily with other tools, like T6.There is some work to be done with the integration.In future releases, it would be helpful if there was an integration with ALM Octane.The tool should be made a bit more robust, and better support should be made available.The solution could use some sort of educational features to offer tips and hints to help users navigate it better. They should improve the manuals and help files.The user interface is a little bit tricky.

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The solution is not easily scalable. If you want to extend the solution, you need to purchase a different kind of license. You also have to work with the IBM team to assist in scaling.

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This is an open-source solution, and there are no fees.I switched to Apache because it is free. Other tools are much too expensive and can cost up to $50,000 a year if you are looking at commercial options.Free

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Overview

Apache JMeter may be used to test performance both on static and dynamic resources, Web dynamic applications. It can be used to simulate a heavy load on a server, group of servers, network or object to test its strength or to analyze overall performance under different load types.

IBM Rational Performance Tester is a performance testing solution that validates the scalability of web and server applications. Rational Performance Tester identifies the presence and cause of system performance bottlenecks and reduces load testing complexity.
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AOL, Orbitz, Innopath Software, PrepMe, Sapient, Corporate Express Australia, CSIRO, Ephibian, Talis, DATACOM, ALALOOP, eFusion, Panter, Sourcepole, University of Western Capeandagon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
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