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February 6, 2024

What is BlazeMeter?

Continuous Testing

If you are in testing, you have probably heard of BlazeMeter, the leading comprehensive testing platform for QA, testers, developers, and DevOps. BlazeMeter has widely evolved as a testing platform, and now offers a wide variety of testing and data services, some driven by AI, to allow enterprises and teams to achieve superior app quality. 

In this blog, we break down the question of “What is BlazeMeter” and discuss capabilities, benefits, how BlazeMeter works, BlazeMeter’s relationship with open source and AI, and what in BlazeMeter's design makes it fit for any size of organization.

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What is BlazeMeter?

BlazeMeter is a continuous testing platform that helps QA, testers, developers, DevOps, and engineering teams shift left and right their performance, functional, and API testing, and improve their code quality. BlazeMeter enables easily creating realistic and scalable tests and can be used by teams and individuals with any level of testing and coding knowledge.

The BlazeMeter platform supports multiple open-source tools like JMeter, Selenium, Gatling, and Taurus, as well as recording and editing scripts directly in the platform. It also integrates with CI/CD tools like Jenkins, enhancing its utility in DevOps environments.

BlazeMeter provides the following capabilities:

  • Load/Performance Testing - BlazeMeter can simulate up to millions of virtual users from different geographical locations, providing a comprehensive view of how systems perform under high traffic conditions. This helps ensure applications can handle peak loads without compromising on user experience or functionality, as part of a continuous testing strategy and also during special events like Black Friday.
  • API Testing and Monitoring - BlazeMeter enables monitoring API behavior from early development through production. This helps ensure APIs are returning the correct data and correctly passing data between each other.
  • Functional Testing - BlazeMeter provides GUI functional testing capabilities to ensure applications are working as expected. These can be combined with load testing to see what the website looks like under a heavy load.
  • Test Data Generation - An innovative capability of AI-driven creation of synthetic test data that looks and behaves like production data. This ensures consistency, saves resources, and helps overcome compliance challenges and other data-related limitations.
  • Mocking Services - BlazeMeter enables spinning up mock services on-demand and automatically as part of the CI/CD pipeline. Docker and Kubernetes are also supported. Setting up mocking in the testing platform makes the testing process more streamlined and effective.
  • Reporting - BlazeMeter provides advanced and insightful dashboards that enable drilling into the root cause of bottlenecks. Users can see average response times, throughput, and error rates, analyze errors by type and frequency, and compare performance metrics across different test runs or time periods. BlazeMeter also integrates with APM solutions, allowing users to correlate performance testing results with real-world application performance data.

So, what is BlazeMeter? BlazeMeter is a user-friendly solution that supports enterprise testing needs, allowing collaboration and maintaining the most stringent security standards. With BlazeMeter, teams enhance code quality and accelerate time-to-market.

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BlazeMeter Benefits

BlazeMeter is a valuable tool for performance, API and functional testing and optimization. Here's why:

  • Comprehensive Testing - BlazeMeter provides a single platform for all testing needs. This includes functional, load, API testing and monitoring. Covering all test types in a single platform reduces the friction of moving between platforms when testing and allows for a complete view of testing scripts and results, which makes testing frictionless and high quality.
  • Realistic Load Testing - BlazeMeter can simulate real-world conditions. For example, for load testing, testers can simulate millions of virtual users from various locations. This helps in identifying real bottlenecks and performance issues, but before they impact actual users.
  • Scalability - As a cloud-based platform, BlazeMeter provides the flexibility to scale tests up or down based on requirements. This eliminates the need for extensive in-house testing infrastructure and allows for cost-effective testing at scale.
  • Support for Multiple Testing Frameworks - BlazeMeter is compatible with a variety of open-source tools like Apache JMeterSelenium, and Gatling. This compatibility allows teams to leverage existing scripts and tests and keep using the tools they know and love, making it easier to integrate BlazeMeter into their workflow.
  • Easy Integration with CI/CD Pipelines - BlazeMeter integrates seamlessly CI/CD pipelines, facilitating shift left methodologies and allowing for regular performance testing as part of the software development lifecycle, in an automated manner. This helps in early detection and resolution of performance issues and reduces the risk of manual errors and oversight.
  • Comprehensive Reporting and Analytics - BlazeMeter provides detailed reports and analytics, offering insights into performance metrics like response times, throughput, and error rates. These inform decision-making and continuous performance improvement.
  • Collaboration and Sharing - BlazeMeter enables easy sharing of test results and collaboration among team members. This feature fosters better communication across departments and with management, helping coordinate efforts in addressing performance issues.
  • User-Friendly Interface - The platform is designed to be accessible to both novice and experienced users. This means that you don’t need deep technical knowledge to create and run performance tests and can easily record or create your scripts. Alternatively, BlazeMeter supports advanced scripts written in code for users who prefer that power and customization options.
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How to Test with BlazeMeter

Ready to see how simple testing with BlazeMeter is? Let’s go:

1. Sign up to BlazeMeter.

2. BlazeMeter provides several types of tests, including performance tests for web applications, APIs, and more. Choose the type of test that suits your needs. Then, click on the 'Create Test' button.

BlazeMeter dashboard

3. Configure your test according to the chosen test type. For example, for a performance test, specify the number of virtual users, test duration, and the geographical distribution of the users.

You might also need to upload a script. This script, often written in JMeter, Taurus, Gatling, or Selenium, defines the actions that the virtual users will perform.

5. Configure you test data and mocking services, as needed.

6. After configuring your test, you can run it. BlazeMeter will spin up cloud instances to simulate the number of users you've specified.

7. While the test is running, BlazeMeter provides real-time analytics and insights. You can monitor various metrics such as response time, error rates, and throughput.

8. Once the test is complete, analyze the results. BlazeMeter provides detailed reports that can help you identify bottlenecks, performance issues, and areas for improvement.

9. For CI/CD pipelines, you can integrate BlazeMeter with tools like JenkinsTeamCity, or Bamboo to automate your performance tests and run them continuously, after every build, according to a predetermined schedule, or other triggering event..

For more information on running different types of tests, refer to the documentation.

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BlazeMeter Resources

BlazeMeter boasts a wide variety of resources that can help users of all level become proficient in BlazeMeter and test at ease. Be sure to follow up on:

  • Official Documentation - BlazeMeter's official documentation includes detailed guides on getting started, setting up tests, understanding test results, and more. This documentation is regularly updated and provides step-by-step instructions for users of all levels.
  • BlazeMeter University - Courses created by industry experts covering a wide range of testing topics. These include using JMeter, mobile tests, and a plethora of courses covering the use of Blazemeter from every angle.
  • BlazeMeter Blog - In-depth tutorials on BlazeMeter capabilities, testing practices, open-source tool guides, industry trends, and more.
  • BlazeMeter Webinars - Visual presentations of everything testing. From how to use BlazeMeter or open source testing tools to use cases, new features, and best practices.
  • BlazeMeter Case Studies - See how different organizations have successfully used BlazeMeter can provide inspiration and practical insights into how to structure and get the most out of your performance tests.
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BlazeMeter and Open Source

BlazeMeter manages a strong relationship with open-source technologies and the community. BlazeMeter strengthens open source tools like JMeter, Selenium, and Gatling by allowing users to enhance testing with those tools through a more user-friendly interface, scalable cloud-based execution, and advanced reporting features.

BlazeMeter also actively helps develop open source tools. The company developed Taurus, an open-source test automation framework, and contributed to JMeter extensively through plugins, additions, bug fixes, and documentation.

In addition, BlazeMeter has created numerous tutorials educating about various use cases for JMeter, Selenium, Gatling, Locust, and additional tools. These help the open-source community use these tools in a more powerful manner, contributing to their adoption success. Tutorials are available in a variety of formats: blogs, videos, webinars, and more, across multiple channels.

BlazeMeter and JMeter

Of all the open source tools BlazeMeter supports, JMeter is the most notable one. JMeter is a widely-used, open-source software designed for performance testing. It's known for its ability to test web applications and various other services. Being an open-source tool, JMeter allows extensive customization and scripting, which is valuable for complex testing scenarios. As a popular open-source tool, JMeter has a large community, allowing users to access a wealth of free resources, plugins, and community support.

So, why BlazeMeter? JMeter runs on your local machine or server. This means the scale of tests is limited only by your hardware and network capabilities.

BlazeMeter, on the other hand, is a cloud-based performance testing platform. It provides an easy-to-use interface for creating, managing, and analyzing performance tests. One of the key advantages of BlazeMeter is its ability to simulate a large number of users (millions if needed) from various geographic locations.

But BlazeMeter does not replace JMeter. Instead, BlazeMeter is fully compatible with JMeter, meaning you can upload your JMeter test scripts directly to BlazeMeter and run them at scale in the cloud. BlazeMeter also offers advanced reporting and analytics features, making it easier to analyze test results and identify bottlenecks.

JMeter users can develop and test scripts locally using JMeter and then upload them to BlazeMeter for testing at scale in a cloud environment. This workflow combines the power of JMeter with the scalability and advanced reporting of BlazeMeter. And since BlazeMeter supports JMeter scripts, there is no need to learn a new scripting language or tool when transitioning from JMeter to BlazeMeter.

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BlazeMeter and AI

BlazeMeter leverages AI to bring testing practices up to modern standards. AI-driven features enhance both the efficiency and comprehensiveness of testing efforts. They facilitate smart test data generation, allowing for the creation of realistic and varied datasets for various scenarios, help generate test data functions with natural language, and help identify system vulnerabilities. With AI capabilities in testing, users can improve quality, shorten time to test, run better tests, and test with confidence.

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BlazeMeter for the Enterprise

BlazeMeter is particularly useful for enterprises that need to ensure their systems can handle high traffic and perform well under stress. For an enterprise, BlazeMeter offers:

  • A single platform for all testing needs, reducing SDLC friction and vendor management overhead
  • Testing for peak loads, up to millions of users
  • Support for multiple frameworks and languages
  • Collaboration capabilities
  • Enterprise-grade support
  • Easy integrations with legacy apps, like mainframe, and with CI/CD
  • Easy conversion of LoadRunner scripts
  • Advanced analytics
  • Security controls and compliance adherence
  • Analyst recognition
  • High ROI

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