System Requirements

Operating System
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2012 & 2012 R2
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • 4 GB recommended minimum
  • Network connectivity to the system under test and to all Silk Performer® agent computers.
Protocols & interfaces for load testing
  • HTTP(S)/HTML, IPv6, Ajax, Silverlight, mobile devices, Java over HTTP, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), Adobe Flex/AMF3, Granite DS Flex, Unicode (UTF-8), SOAP (XML), FTP, LDAP, MAPI, IMAP, SMTP/POP, SSL, CORBA (IIOP), Java RMI (EJB/J2EE), .NET Remoting, Oracle Forms, Citrix, VMWare Horizon View, ODBC, Oracle Call Interface (OCI), DB2 CLI, TCP/IP, UDP, Tuxedo ATMI, Jolt, TN3270E, TN5250, T100/200+ and UI Level (Silk Test, Selenium)
Packaged applications (CRM/ERP)
  • Remedy ARS Web
  • SAP
  • PeopleSoft
  • Siebel
  • Oracle Applications
  • Oracle Forms
Real-time server monitors
  • Windows & UNIX system/network counters
  • JMX
  • SNMP
  • Microsoft IIS
  • Apache
  • IBM WebSphere
  • WebLogic
  • IBoss
  • Oracle
  • SAP
  • VMWare
  • IBM DB2
  • Microsoft SQL Server
Open Interfaces
  • .NET Framework
  • Java Framework
  • DLL Interface
Functional Tests (Silk Test, Selenium)

Many test teams face the challenges of accelerated development cycles that result in shorter test windows. Silk Performer can considerably speed up testing cycles by allowing reuse of existing functional tests (Silk Test® or Selenium tests) for performance testing and synthetic monitoring purposes.

Silk Central

Take advantage of advanced test management and issue tracking capabilities through integration with Silk Central®. Comprehensive reporting, including performance trend dashboards, provides visibility of test results and enables rapid response times to performance issues as they arise.

BMC APM synthetic end user experience management

Silk Performer synthetic transaction monitoring as a part of BMC APM measures the performance of business applications through execution of business transactions and the monitoring of response times. Experience your site like a customer and address issues before they cost your company.


Directly import unit test scripts for testing server-side Java and .NET components under concurrent access, to simulate realistic server conditions. Identify issues and fix them before go-live to ensure that your customers benefit from a smooth experience.

Cloud integration with Amazon and Microsoft Azure

Silk Performer CloudBurst uses Amazon and Microsoft Azure Cloud Services to quickly simulate any size peak-loads from multiple geographies without you having to invest in load testing hardware and setup.


Identify slow transactions with Silk Performer and get a detailed performance break-down across tiers in AppDynamics to easily detect the root cause of performance bottlenecks.

Visual Studio

Develop performance tests in Microsoft Visual Studio and record web scripts. The extension provides a comprehensive C# binding for all kernel, web, and browser API functions. Thus, it combines the rich development feature set of Visual Studio, including all debugging features, with the powerful load testing capabilities of Silk Performer, including capture file recording and TrueLog analysis.

Eclipse plug-in

Eclipse enables developers to write and run Silk Performer test scripts written in Java entirely within their native programming environment. Directly import unit test scripts for testing server-side Java components under concurrent access, to simulate realistic server conditions.


Fully integrated, click-through drill-down delivers a multi-tier performance breakdown. This enables you to identify the root cause of performance bottlenecks down to the line of code for both Java and .NET applications.

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