Selected the HP LoadRunner image from the AZURE marketplace to see how it compared with the desktop 12.5 version I had downloaded and installed on my Win 10 screamer. Although neither of the installs worked into production – the Win 10 clobbered Windows on replace and re-install and the AZURE VM was quite pricy, I really liked the AZURE approach. When I next have a software testing contract I am going to explore the economics of both approaches but my gut tells me in short project approaches the AZURE is better and in long, distributed enterprise approaches AZURE is also better. And not just better because of finance but because of the maintenance of LoadRunner (I first knew it when it was Mercury and LoadRunner 6 a lot of versions ago). I don’t like to regression test all the software collisions in the potpourri of DLLs on my development computer.