NeoLoad Technical Features

Test Scenario Design

Scriptless Design and Visual Programming

Loops, conditions and other “drag & drop” controls simplify test design creation, and Javascript can still be used for extremely advanced cases.

Powerful Extractors

Easily define advanced data extraction rules and save time by validating them against recorded content before running the test.

Check User Paths

Quickly check a user path against a new version of the application under test to identify changes that may cause errors.

Prefilled Transaction List for Recording

NeoLoad provides a prefilled list of transactions to make the recording process faster. Pick from current user paths or upload transaction names from a CSV file.

Record Mobile Applications

Record any mobile application (native, hybrid or mobile browser) directly from any mobile device with proxy mode or DNS tunnel mode.

Shared Elements

Share business or technical building blocks among several user paths.

Broad Technology Support

NeoLoad has dedicated support for recording all the latest web technologies like HTML5, Push, WebSocket, AngularJS, Oracle Forms and many more.

See the full list of supported technologies

Advanced Correlation

Smart extraction of data and dynamic links from pages for variabilization in the performance testing scenario, with no need for scripts:

  • Pre-defined rules for the most common frameworks: .Net, JSF, Oracle E-Business, SAP Web and more
  • Automatic detection and handling of application-specific parameters

User Path Update

Quickly update a designed user path with a new recording and automatically keep variable extractors, think times, SLAs, loops, javascript, validations and more from the original user path design. Simply follow the User Path Update wizard to guide you through matching up the transactions between the new recording and old recording, check that everything is merging, adding or deleting correctly, and NeoLoad handles the rest.

User Path Update

Insert a partial recording into an existing user path.

Web Secure Ready

Supports SSL and Kerberos, NTLM, Basic, Digest authentications, or authentication by client certificates.

Push Mode

Automatic configuration of scenarios for Push calls (polling and streaming). Specific performance metrics for push.

Streaming Video & Audio Support

NeoLoad provides specific metrics for testing media content performance under load (video and audio):

  • Play Length
  • Buffer Fill
  • Lag Length
  • Lag Ratio
  • Bitrate

Advanced Actions

NeoLoad’s Advanced Actions allow users to to customize the behavior of virtual users. Some Advanced Actions are bundled with NeoLoad. Others are available for download through Neotys Labs. Additionally, you can create your own actions by developing an extension written in Java with a JAR file.

Runtime Test Execution

Live Debug

View each virtual user in real time (requests/responses received) for easier fine-tuning of advanced tests.

High Load Support

NeoLoad’s distributed architecture allows you to apply extremely high loads to your server – up to millions of virtual users at a time. On-premise load generators are provided at no extra charge.

Network Virtualization

Emulate users accessing the server with varying bandwidths, latency and packet loss with preconfigured values for varying signal strengths of 3G, 4G, WiFi and more.

Smart Population

Allocate your users according to their business profile.

Live Monitoring

Follow your infrastructure’s behavior and business transactions’ response times in real time. The alert thresholds enable you to detect any glitches.

Device/Browser Simulator

Simulate different browsers and mobile devices for accurate content delivery and parallel connections.

Add/Remove Virtual Users at Runtime

Change the load volume while a test is running.

Cloud Platform

Neotys Cloud Platform

Built directly into NeoLoad, choose from over 50 on-demand locations from 6 different providers so that you never have to run the risk of testing from within the same data center as your infrastructure.

Preconfigured Load Generators

Neotys Cloud Platform load generators are always preconfigured and up-to-date.

Results by Cloud Zone

Compare results by geographic location of load generators through the Neotys Cloud Platform.

Hybrid Cloud Load Generation

NeoLoad can use both on-premise and cloud load generators during the same test.

Flexible On-demand Licensing

Purchase cloud load generation time by the hour with a NeoLoad perpetual or rental license with Neotys Cloud Credits, or go completely pay-as-you-go with Virtual User Hour credits. See licensing option details.

Infrastructure Monitoring

Broad Infrastructure Monitoring Support

NeoLoad supports monitoring of a broad range of infrastructure technologies including operating systems, application servers, web servers, databases and network devices. See the full list of monitors

Threshold Alerts

NeoLoad provides threshold values, derived from industry best practices, to raise the appropriate alerts. Of course, these are also customizable to meet the specific needs of your business.

Import

Import data from external monitoring tools.

Preconfigured Monitoring

Each monitoring module ships pre-configured with the performance counters tailored to your system.

Agentless

The agentless design of our monitoring modules ensures non-intrusive remote monitoring so you get the insight without the overhead.

Externalized Monitoring Engine

The NeoLoad controller contains an embedded monitoring engine for ease of use. Additional engines can be deployed in sub-networks to facilitate firewall configuration.

Results Analysis

Smart Analyzer

NeoLoad enables you to easily identify the root causes of issues:

  • List of events where the alert thresholds were exceeded (preset thresholds or user configured).
  • Portfolio of graphs to assist you in analyzing problems based on your infrastructure’s behavior.

Graph Boards

Create boards to group graphs by theme or test result for use during runtime and analysis.

Result Filter

Filter your results according to different criteria (time period, load generator, transaction problem).

Detailed Reports

Whether it’s an overall analysis of behavior, or an in-depth analysis of the data flow to a particular user, NeoLoad reports provide you with the level of detail you require. The reports may be generated in HTML, Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word or XML format.

Service Level Agreements

Automatically check the Service Level Agreement for sub-components of the application.

Business Transaction

Analyze the results from the business perspective specific to your company.

Quick Compare

Instantly compare differences in performance from one test to the next.

Results by Population

Compare a single population to an average of all populations or specific populations with different client simulation, network settings, etc.

Collaboration

Share Test Designs

The Neotys Team Server enables sharing user paths across teams. This enables you to have several testers involved in the creation of test cases which helps teams save time and be more productive.

Share Test Results

The Neotys Team Server enables sharing test results across teams so that you can have anyone conduct analysis on the tests.

Share a Pool of Virtual Users

The Neotys Team Server allows organizations with the NeoLoad Enterprise Edition license to share a pool of virtual users. Teams can share the software license to perform concurrent testing on different applications at the same time or use the full pool of VUs on a single application at other times.

Integrations & APIs

NeoSense

User paths designed in NeoLoad can be used directly by NeoSense to monitor an application 24×7. After initial setup, user paths in NeoSense can be updated from NeoLoad with one click. NeoLoad and NeoSense work in conjunction to provide a comprehensive Continuous Performance Validation solution.

Browser and Mobile Functional Testing Tools – End User Experience

Gather device-side and browser-side metrics from real devices and browsers by automatically launching tests in functional testing tools during a NeoLoad test. These metrics are collected in NeoLoad through the Data Exchange API enabling you to understand the complete end user experience.

NeoLoad integrates with the following functional testing tools:

  • Perfecto’s MobileCloud
  • Selenium
  • Appium
  • Tricentis Tosca Testsuite
  • Jamo Solutions M-eux Test
  • Ranorex
  • Inflectra Rapise
  • Quamotion
  • Any Java or C# based tool

Data Format Extensions

Record, variabilize and replay any “non-standard” traffic for any custom data stream over HTTP.

Runtime API

Start/stop a test or add/remove virtual users during runtime automatically through this open API.

Browser and Mobile Functional Testing Tools – Automated Script Reuse

NeoLoad provides the ability to automatically update user path  and create new user paths using Selenium scripts through the NeoLoad Design API. This means that teams using Selenium for functional testing no longer have to manually update NeoLoad user paths. Agile teams, DevOps organizations, and anyone looking to automate their testing process can be more efficient than ever.

Selenium Java is supported; other Java-based scripts can be configured through the Design API.

Continuous Integration Servers

NeoLoad supports developers and testers with integrations to the most popular CI tools enabling teams to make performance an everyday consideration without delaying all testing at the end of the development phase. NeoLoad can generate SLA pass/fail reports in JUnit format for easy integration with any Continuous Integration Server.

NeoLoad provides an out-of-the-box CI plugin for:

  • Jenkins
  • Hudson
  • Bamboo

Plugins available from the Download Center.

Application Performance Management Tools

During load and performance testing of web applications, it is essential to collect metrics on the application components and application servers to effectively pinpoint and understand the causes of performance problems. Combining information obtained from performance testing (NeoLoad) with in-depth metrics from an application performance management tool can help accelerate the identification of root cause in highly complex applications.

NeoLoad integrates with the following APM tools:

  • AppDynamics
  • CA APM
  • Dynatrace
  • Nudge APM

Design API

Enables the transfer of browser-based functional test cases (including Selenium tests) to NeoLoad via scripting.

Neotys Labs

Neotys provides APIs and extensions to customize and extend the behavior of NeoLoad. Neotys Labs provides different pluggable assets for NeoLoad. The different asset types are:

  • Code and Libraries
  • Advanced Actions
  • Frameworks
  • Data Format Extensions

Visit Neotys Labs for more information.