To understand how LoadRunner software is priced, first you must
understand how the software works.
You begin with a "Controller" component that executes your scripts.
You then generate scripts that represent the path of viewers through
your website - Home page, view book, add book, view cart, check out,
Once you have your scripts defined, then you assign a number of
'virtual users' to the scripts - 10 simultaneous users, 20, 50, 100,
etc. Generally, the load test will start low, and ramp up as time
passes, allowing you to see the failure point on your site.
Pricing for LoadRunner starts with the purchase of the controller, at $22,000.
Then you determine how many 'virtual users' you wish to have, and buy
a package of users. The packages start at 25 users, and go as high as
you wish. The single largest load test was 2.2 million concurrent
users for the Democratic National Convention website.
Pricing for virtual users follows this general progression:
25 - $ 16,000
50 - $ 22,000
100 - $ 33,000
200 - $ 44,000
500 - $ 55,000
Those are for basic HTTP transactions. If you need to test ERP
software with LoadRunner, the virtual users cost an additional 50%.
In addition to the controller and virtual users, you have a mandatory
support contract for the first year, and optional support for
additional years. This support contract covers all user support,
upgrades, enhancements, etc for free. This contract will cost 20% of
your total for controller and virtual users. An example follows:
$33,000 100 virtual users
$11,000 20% cost for support
$66,000 First year expense total
$11,000 Second and following year support fees
Support fees are negotiable. Costs for each specific sale will be
determined largely by the skills of your negotiating and purchasing
team. The above is simply the published pricing for Mercury
LoadRunner software, as available to their sales representatives.
For specific pricing for your needs, you will have to contact Mercury
Software directly. Google Answers cannot act as a negotiating agent
on your behalf.
I hope this answers your question - if you need further information,
please ask for a clarification before rating this answer.
Disclaimer - I am a current user of LoadRunner test software with a
major telecom company. However, the information I have posted is
public and available to anyone who chooses to call Mercury.
'Contact Us' link from product page:
One phone call to 1-800-837-8911, and a nice 5 minute conversation with 'Pat'.