We performed a comparison between Apache JMeter and Micro Focus Silk Performer based on real PeerSpot user reviews.
Find out in this report how the two Load Testing Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
"The metrics part of it and the ability to write your custom code to do some specific tests in the performance testing space are the most valuable features."
"I like the fact that JMeter integrates well with other tools."
"We like that Apache JMeter has different features and different plugins and that they are free of charge."
"The biggest thing I liked about it is that there is a huge user base out there, and being shareware and being Apache, if I have any question on how to get something done, I get 18 different answers. Out of those, there would be at least a few good approaches for what I was trying to do. So, the support system out there is most valuable."
"User-friendly and open source."
"It is cost-effective and simple to use."
"Apache JMeter is quite flexible."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is that it is free."
"A good monitoring tool, simple to script and easy to configure."
"In this tool, automation in general is almost non-existent. Everything is done manually."
"They can improve it a little bit in terms of distribution load testing. We struggled with it during the distribution. In terms of reporting, runtime monitoring is not currently included, and it should be included. They can also improve it on the reporting side in terms of the comparison of the reports. They can also focus more on integration with CI/CD. Currently, people are using their own customized tools. It would be nice if Apache can provide some standard tools and procedures for integration with CI/CD tools like DPR. There are some tools, but it would be nice if official standard tools and procedures are available."
"We're like the solution to be more user-friendly."
"In Micro Focus LoadRunner we can go from the UI and we can configure it. There is no such feature in Apache JMeter. There should be UI-based recording history or logs."
"It should start supporting the presentation layer. It currently provides performance testing specifically at the application and API level. It can be extended to the presentation layer, which includes mainly Angular and React frameworks. It should also be easy to use and easy to train people."
"JMeter should be more stable. Every time there is a new release coming up, a lot of its older functionalities or the new functionalities that are brought in are not very well-documented. It should be documented properly, and there should be proper use cases."
"If the solution was GUI based, I believe that it would be more versatile."
"Apache should have a graphic interface."
"If you have a large amount of data, the solution can struggle."
Apache JMeter is an open-source Java application that tests load and functional behavior and performance in applications. Created initially to test web applications, it has expanded its functionality to test other functions. For instance, you can test a server to see how efficiently it works and how many user requests can be handled simultaneously.
You can use JMeter to test functional performance and regression tests on different technologies. This Java desktop application has an easy-to-use graphical interface which uses the Swing graphical API. You can run JMeter on any environment that accepts a Java virtual machine, such as Windows, Linux, and Mac.
What protocols does JMeter support?
How does JMeter work?
JMeter sends requests to a target server by simulating a group of user requests. Then it collects and calculates statistics on the performance of the target. This target can be a server or an application.
There are two main tests you can carry out with JMeter: load test and stress test. The load test models expected usage of a server by simulating multiple users accessing the web server simultaneously. The stress testing aims to find the maximum load capacity of the server or application.
Apache JMeter Key Features
Apache JMeter Benefits
The JMeter extensible core has numerous benefits:
Reviews from Real Users
Stephen B., I.T. Architect, Analyst, and Developer at an educational organization, says, "The scripting ability is most valuable. It is easy to use. There is a UI, and you can go in there and figure those things out. After you've got a good set of tests, you basically have a scripted document that you can grab and execute in a pipeline. It is pretty quick to set up, and you can scale it and version control it."
"I like the fact that JMeter integrates well with other tools," adds the Founder and Principal Consultant at a tech services company.
A Quality Engineering Delivery Leader at a financial services firm says, “The performance of the solution is excellent. They have designed the product so that it is very easy to configure. You can basically do anything you like with the product. It's not very restrictive. We like the fact that the technology is open-source.”
Test Asset reusability for performance monitoring
Silk Performer can considerably speed up testing cycles by allowing you to reuse your existing functional tests. Use Silk Test® or Selenium for performance testing and synthetic monitoring purposes as well.
Integrated scalability from the Cloud
Silk Performer load testing enables your applications for 'battle readiness' that can withstand massive, global usage. Easily simulate any size peak-load and avoid costly investments in stress testing hardware and setup.
Monitor user experience with advanced diagnostics
Detect, isolate, and resolve performance issues with effective end-to-end diagnostics. Design scripts to uncover errors from the user’s perspective and analyze results with easy to read visual reporting.
A leading web support for load and stress testing
Validate performance of your most complex web applications and efficiently create comprehensive tests that reflect real world conditions and usage patterns.
Comprehensive mobile performance testing
Lower the cost and complexity of testing mobile web and mobile native applications at scale. Silk Performer provides a complete set of profiles for all popular mobile devices, application types, and connection speeds.
Apache JMeter is ranked 1st in Load Testing Tools with 33 reviews while Micro Focus Silk Performer is ranked 9th in Load Testing Tools with 1 review. Apache JMeter is rated 7.4, while Micro Focus Silk Performer is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Apache JMeter writes "It's a free, scalable tool that's good for checking backend services". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Micro Focus Silk Performer writes "Scripting and basic test executions are good features; configuring the workload for tests is easy". Apache JMeter is most compared with Postman, BlazeMeter, Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional and Tricentis NeoLoad, whereas Micro Focus Silk Performer is most compared with Micro Focus LoadRunner Enterprise, Tricentis NeoLoad, Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional and Micro Focus LoadRunner Cloud.
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