Shunra Software announced a new partnership with HP to monitor mobile network performance for enterprises. Shunra and HP are demonstrating their integration at the Mobile World Congress.
, a provider of
network-virtualization and application-performance engineering solutions, today
announced integration with Hewlett-Packard load-testing and performance
technologies in support of the companys mobile performance platform
announced its ability to capture real-world mobile network conditions and
virtualize those dynamic conditions in a load-test environment powered by HP LoadRunner
and HP Performance Center.
Shunra is actively taking its mobile platform to market, participating with HP
at the Mobile World Congress
in Barcelona, Spain, to demonstrate its integrated mobile performance
capabilities in the HP Mobile booth. Shunra also will participate as an
exhibitor at HPs premier client event, HP Discover
, in Las Vegas in June.
Shunras industry-leading mobile application performance-testing solutions with
HPs load-testing products and HP application lifecycle management
(ALM), organizations now have the ability to reduce risk,
cost and time, by preventing failed application launches, Bill Varga, COO at
Shunra, said in a statement. The mobile wave has the power to propel companies
and organizations forward, or wreak havoc. With Shunras vision of a mobile
performance platform and our demonstrated integration with HP in mobile application
test environments, the risk of mobile failure is greatly diminished.
vision on mobile application performance testing includes best-practice guidelines
in several areas of the testing process: functional and device testing,
networks and variability testing, load and performance testing, and back-end
infrastructure and capacity testing.
includes Shunras open approach to technology, making integration with leading
mobile test technologies easy, the company said. For example, Shunra for HP, a
network-virtualization and performance-testing solution, is embedded in and
shipped with both HP LoadRunner and HP Performance Center. Customers benefit by
having real-world mobile network conditions incorporated into the load-test
environment, including virtualization of variable bandwidth, latency, jitter
and packet loss.
integration improves the accuracy and reliability of load-test environments,
making them more representative of the real world. In addition, customers have
the ability to precisely virtualize the real world in the test environment,
which means that load- and performance-test results are more predictive of how
an application will actually behave once deployed.
applications without consideration for the variability and constant changing
nature of mobile network conditions is a mistake that organizations cannot
afford to make, Varga said. The impact of the mobile network is not just felt
by the mobile end user; back-end infrastructure and server resources are
particularly susceptible to network conditions and the user sessions they
support. With Shunra and our partners powering a mobile performance strategy,
organizations can take the guesswork out of performance testing and deliver
optimized apps without fear of post-deployment failure.
senior product manager of HP Applications, told eWEEK
that what the partnership with Shunra brings that HP could
not do on its own is: HP LoadRunner and HP Performance Center and our Shunra
partnership delivers the necessary protocols for performance testing both Web
and native mobile apps.
testing, the objective is to ensure that the system being tested will be able
to perform when placed under realistic load conditions, Tunik said.
In order to
simulate mobile transactions, our mobile protocolsMobile TruClient and Mobile
Applicationsenable LoadRunner or Performance Center to generate simulated
mobile transactions, Tunik told eWEEK
However, because the load-test system is typically connected to the system
being tested by a local network condition, the bandwidth and network
performance are not typical of what a mobile transaction would typically
experience. This is where Shunras network-emulation capabilities are key.
Shunra for HP is an integrated network-emulation feature that extends LoadRunner
and Performance Center, giving the testing team the ability to simulate a wide
range of mobile network conditions, thereby ensuring that the performance test
accurately reflects the mobile environment.
CEO of Shunra, told eWEEK
, Both HP
and Shunra have recognized that getting ahead of this mobile performance
problem is important to our customers. We extended our products to deal with
In a guest column in SDTimes
, Jackson described a piece of the problem: Rightly or
wrongly, end users now expect faster performance levels from mobile applications
than from the desktop or laptop. Evidence reveals that an end user that was
satisfied with a seven-second page load last year expects the same page load in
three seconds now. Users dont care about the added complexity of mobile
networks, devices and geographies. Users dont care how it gets done; they just
want apps that load quickly and perform perfectly.
On Feb. 2 Shunra
announced its mobile-app performance platform that delivers the capabilities,
services and partner-integration points organizations need to reliably test for
challenges of ensuring a positive mobile end-user experience are now top of
mind with nearly every CIO, CFO and CEO, Jackson said in a statement. The
recognition that under-performing mobile applications are affecting corporate
revenue, productivity, customer loyalty and brand, mandates a new approach to
meeting performance objectives. Now is the time for those organizations to
develop and implement companywide mobile application strategies and platforms.
strategy to enable mobile performance testing platforms includes packaging of
its mobile-specific capabilities, including:
Shunras global library of mobile and broadband network conditions that
provides average, best-case and worst-case conditions from cities around the
Shunra NetworkCatcher Express Mobile, which captures network conditions like
latency and packet loss in real time from any iOS or Android device;
Shunra vCat and PerformanceSuite, which leverages real-world network data to
enable network virtualization within the test lab; and
Shunra's mobile performance analytics that automatically generates a
performance scorecard, identifies poorly performing resources and delivers
performance optimization recommendations that have been shown to improve mobile
performance by over 40 percent.
bringing to market a strategic platform that offers integration between
Shunras capabilities and best-of-breed products and vendors that enable mobile
load testing, functional testing and application-deployment capabilities,
Jackson said in early February, hinting at the HP news to come. Over the next
two months, we expect to announce a number of partnerships with solution
providers and global integrators who share our passion and view on the
necessity of network virtualization and the criticality of proactive
Also, for his
part, Jackson addressed the value of network virtualization in his SDTimes
virtualization helps organizations understand their end users more completely,
determining what devices they are using, where they are located and what
networks are being accessed. This critical information is communicated
throughout the software life cycle during design, development, QA, performance
test and operations. Then, when applications fail to perform as they did in the
test environment, the information available includes the fact that a
performance issue occurred when a user tried to execute a specific function,
and includes the conditions that user was operating under. A reliable and
reproducible test case for troubleshooting exists with a holistic view of the
users actions and environment.
some app-performance solution providers are beginning to offer their technology
as a service, the Shunra integration with HP will be an on-premise solution.
Shunra for HP
is specifically an integrated extension to HP LoadRunner and HP Performance
Center software, HPs Tunik said. It is not a standalone offering, but is built
on Shunras extensive expertise in network emulation, he added. In addition to
Shunra for HP, Shunra has a full line of products and services to help
customers address challenges of volatile network conditions, ranging from cloud
to mobile scenarios.
for HP is an integrated part of Performance Center and LoadRunner, when
Performance Center is deployed on HP SaaS [software as a service], it is an
option for SaaS customers to purchase Shunra for HP as an extension to
Performance Center, Tunik said
Shunra is part
of the HP Enterprise Management Alliance Program
(EMAP), where Shunra has been certified as a Gold Business
its HP integration in a Webinar with HP on Jan. 24 that is now available on Shunras
. To find more about Shunras vision for mobile-application
performance testing click here