Performance Center 12.55 includes a number of new features, enhancements, and usability improvements.
We've moved Performance Center administration tasks (previously performed in ALM Lab Management) to a new web-based Administration user interface to enhance and simplify your experience when configuring lab resources and systems.
Click to check out the new Performance Center Administration UI:
Other Performance Center Administration enhancements include:
Added a Task Manager for viewing the status and progress of patch updates run in your project.
Support for provisioning load generators in Amazon default and custom virtual private cloud (VPC).
You can determine the post-run action which is triggered automatically after the test run ends. For details, see Projects Page - Main Details View.
Added a link to My Performance Center directly from Performance Center Administration.
For more details, see Introducing Performance Center Administration.
Now you can use anomaly detection in Performance Center to quickly, intuitively, and effectively identify abnormal application behavior in performance tests.
You can use these insights to speed your diagnosis and investigation into system performance, and help determine the triggers that caused the anomalies.
Check out how anomaly detection works in performance tests:
For more details, see Detect Anomalies.
Dockerized Load Generators
Performance Center now supports deploying and running Load Generators on Linux Docker distributions. Using dockerized load generators enables you to automate the testing process by creating load generators on demand, and seamlessly add them to performance tests using the REST API.
You can also manually add dockerized load generators to performance tests from the Performance Center user interface. Click to see how this is done.
For more details, see Dockerized Load Generators.
We added the following features to enhance the script creation and development process:
The new JMeter tests integration enables you to run JMeter scripts from inside Performance Center, alongside Vuser scripts, and view JMeter test results in addition to Performance Center measurements. For details, see Upload JMeter scripts to Performance Center.
Note: The JMeter integration feature is provided as a beta version.
Recording summary. View script summary and edit parameters in the Performance Test Designer. For details, see Performance Test Designer > Summary View / Preview Tab and Edit parameters in the script - optional.
Snapshot on error is now opened in the browser; it no longer requires the Snapshot Viewer standalone tool.
We've added support for new monitor integrations and made it easier to add monitor profiles:
New Relic integration. Provides information on the availability and performance of software applications and the impact on user experience measured by the New Relic Digital Intelligence Platform, an application performance monitoring tool. For details, see New Relic Monitor.
Dynatrace integration. Provides information on the availability and performance of software applications and the impact on user experience measured by Dynatrace. For details, see Dynatrace Monitor.
Added the ability to select or create a new monitor profile or monitor-over-firewall agent from the Performance Test Designer to use in your performance test. For details, see How to Design a Performance Test or Performance Test Designer > Monitors.
Analysis and reporting enhancements
We've extended our analysis and reporting capabilities to include:
Automatic Trending. Automatically publish trend reports without having to manually run the analyze or publish process. For details, see Select an automatic trending option.
Offline results. Provides an offline view of performance measurements and results for those resources that were monitored in the test run, without having to wait for run results to be collated and analyzed. For details, see View Results Offline.
Note: The offline results feature is provided as a tech preview version.
Web-based Analysis. Reports are available in Performance Center and Performance Center Administration in a Web-based user interface. For details, see Generate Usage Reports.
Click to check out reports in Performance Center Administration:
We've increased support for PC REST-based APIs, and added support for PC Administration APIs.
PC REST API enhancements. Added support for defining SLAs, Diagnostics integration, Analysis Template ID, deleting a test run, getting all Trend reports, setting Trend baseline ID, using a command line to create and update a performance test, globally defining and updating runtime settings, getting statistics for test runs that are in a state other than running or stopping. For details, see Performance Center REST API Reference.
PC Administration REST APIs. Added support for Performance Center Administration APIs including managing hosts, pools, projects, licenses, and getting run data. For details, see Perfornance Center Administration REST API Reference.
Integration with Network Virtualization
Added client-side information to the NV Insights report. This enables you to explore which network calls occurred before or after each client event, and isolate the resources that need to be optimized in order to shorten the client loading time. Steps, events, pages, and snapshots are now displayed also in the NV Insights report. For details, see the NV Insights Report in the Network Virtualization Help.
Various other enhancements to Performance Center include:
Updates to the Jenkins plugin. For details, see the Performance Center Jenkins Plugin.
Optional data collection program, compiling VuGen usage analytics to help improve VuGen quality. For details, see the Performance Center Installation Guide.
Performance Center Help
The Performance Center Help is now a standalone Help Center which is accessed online only (it is no longer provided with the Performance Center installation). This means:
You can access all the documentation online, from any browser.
You can also use the site search engine (powered by Google) to search through all the Performance Center help files.
If you do not have access to the online Help Center or are working offline, you can download and install the help files locally on your Performance Center and ALM server. For details, see Download Help Center.
Earlier versions of the Performance Center help are available from Earlier Performance Center Help Versions.
Other changes include the creation of one document that contains the Performance Center and LoadRunner system requirements, supported environments, and product availability matrix information. For details, see System Requirements.