Released: Silk Performer 18.0

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Silk Performer 180.pngMicro Focus proudly announces: Silk Performer 18.0 is released! If you already use Silk Performer and you have a maintenance contract, you can upgrade to Silk Performer 18.0 for free.

Silk Performer is the one stop performance testing tool, which takes pressure from you by adding load to your application. Silk Performer allows you to create realistic load tests with up to hundreds of thousands of virtual users running across a broad range of enterprise application environments, including mobile and the latest web 2.0 technologies.

Silk Performer introduces significant enhancements with version 18.0. Here's an overview of the feature highlights:

Feature Highlights

Using Functional Test Assets for Performance Testing


Functional Tests for Load Testing - Blog graphic 4.pngAccelerated development and release cycles are to be considered a persistent trend in the software industry. More frequent and shorter release cycles also result in tighter time frames for all your testing efforts. Silk Performer offers another means of considerably speeding up your testing cycles by allowing you to reuse your existing functional tests for performance testing and monitoring purposes as well. Silk Performer 18.0 introduces a feature that allows you to comfortably import your Silk Test test assets and use them as load tests.

For GUI-level load tests, Silk Performer allows you to use Silk4J, Silk4NET, and Silk Test Classic test assets. These capabilities have now been expanded by keyword-driven tests. No matter which type of Silk Test test assets you are using, they are now all covered by a single Silk Test project type in Silk Performer.

For browser-driven tests against web applications using Chrome, Firefox, or PhantomJS, Silk Performer now allows you to run all virtual users within a single Windows session. The big advantage is that you no longer require Remote Desktop licenses and at the same time resource consumption per virtual user is considerably lower compared to the conventional GUI-level testing approach.

Read: Functional Tests for Load Testing

Time to Interact


Time to Interact - Blog graphic 4.pngThe vast majority of today's websites and web applications is accessed by a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablet computers, and conventional desktop computers. The trend towards an increasing use of mobile devices results in a shift in web page design: As it is much easier to scroll a page than having the content spread over several pages, web pages become longer and they continue to load content each time the end of a site is reached. Therefore, the conventional page load time, which used to be a meaningful metric for performance testing, is getting more and more obsolete. Nowadays, the perceived loading time of a web page can differ considerably from the measured loading time. To make testing modern websites and web applications easier, Silk Performer introduces the so-called Time to Interact.

In Silk Performer terminology, the Time to Interact is defined as the time from the start of a request until all essential elements a user requires to interact with the page are ready; even if the page has not yet completely loaded. The TTI concept allows the tester, perhaps in collaboration with marketing and UX professionals, to define which elements on the page are to be considered relevant or crucial for interaction.

Read: The Time to Interact

Reporting and Analysis Features


Performance Levels - Blog graphic 3.pngSilk Performer 18.0 introduces performance level reporting, which allows for a quick and easy passed/failed assessment of your load tests. Performance level reporting can be particularly useful in a continuous testing environment, where the assessment of your load tests can also be automated and therefore sped up considerably.

Once you have defined your performance levels and assigned them to the key measures of your load test, Silk Performer's overview reports show color codes for each performance level. Performance levels that are met display in green, others that are missed display in red.

Read: Performance Levels

Besides performance level reporting, Silk Performer provides a number of additional new features in the reporting and analysis area: You can now show or hide individual percentile categories in your Overview Reports in Performance Explorer, which allows you to customize your Overview Reports even better. TrueLog Explorer now features a powerful, new find dialog, which is consistent across all technologies. And TrueLog on Error for the UI-level technologies browser-driven testing, SAPGUI, and Citrix now also provides a sequence of screenshots. These screenshots support the user in analyzing the actions that have caused an error.

General Enhancements

Silk Performer introduces a range of general enhancements, like a new hooking mechanism for recording on machines that have the UEFI feature secure boot enabled. In Silk Performer 18.0, you can quickly and easily specify the same workload settings for multiple user types at a time. This is especially useful if you work with a big number of user types with equal or similar workload settings. You can now easily upgrade the Silk Performer agent installation of a specific agent computer directly in the agent pool. Upgrading an agent computer to a newer Silk Performer version no longer requires you to leave Silk Performer.

Web Protocol-level Enhancements

This new release also provides a number of enhancements and new features for web load testing on the protocol-level: The script generator in Silk Performer 18.0 now ensures that large blocks of data are stored in files rather than in the script, which helps to keep the script tidy. You can now let Silk Performer automatically add TrueLog Section functions to your script. The sections then display in the tree of the generated TrueLog. The HTML parser has been considerably enhanced, which results in a reduced amount of WebPageAddUrl function calls. And Silk Performer now allows you to filter UDP traffic from your scripts, so you have an additional new filter available on the Capture File page.

More information

  • For more information on all features of Silk Performer, you can also refer to the Online Help.
  • Another valuable source of information: the Silk Performer 18.0 Release Notes.
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