Head To Toe Testing – Applications In The Cloud Environment

Head To Toe Testing – Applications In The Cloud Environment

Head To Toe Testing – Applications In The Cloud EnvironmentExplosive Growth

As the application performance is the main source to drive the business growth, testing the conventional software applications serves a critical role in the growth of any enterprise or organization. In conventional on premises testing scenarios, setting up an infrastructure for testing was the prime area of focus for the enterprises. However, with the growing dominance of cloud computing, testing applications in cloud environment has become a need of the businesses today.

Cloud testing enables businesses set up and maintain the testing environment in the cloud, eliminating the cost and overhead of capital expenditure, resource pooling and reducing the time for business offerings. Not only that, it brings end-to-end solution that transforms the way testing is carried out and help enterprises get a competitive edge while reducing the cost of testing mission critical applications. Let’s take a deeper look at what cloud testing is all about and what are the benefits it brings to the business. Also, we’ll cover some best practices to perform testing in the cloud environment.

So, what is cloud testing?

As the name suggests, cloud testing is nothing but a way of testing applications utilizing different resources over the cloud environment. It is important to note that the resources will be nothing but the hardware, software, infrastructure and other elements needed to perform testing. Cloud testing brings an end-to-end solution, which revolutionize the way testing is performed. It also helps businesses or enterprises to gear up the competitiveness while getting down the overall cost of testing.

With the help of cloud testing, organizations can easily cut-off provisioning time as cloud can test the servers on demand. This at the end ensures zero idle time of the unused servers over the cloud. Apart from all these, cloud testing brings tons of other benefits for the businesses. Let’s take a look at a few of the noticeable benefits of cloud testing:

  • Test environments are provisioned quickly: In a conventional testing, organizations have to spend a lot of time and money to set up and run testing environment. However, with the cloud testing, setting up and running the testing environment becomes easy and faster. The organizations won’t have to spend hours ‘n’ hours and they can fulfill the project timelines easily.

Also, it becomes easy for the enterprises or individuals to simulate the test replica of the project environment. This empowers testing teams to test for different business cases and identify bugs on the go.

  • Lower the cost of setting up test environment/infrastructure: If you’ve ever noticed, you will find that at least 30-50% of the servers are dedicated only for testing. However, not all of them are actually utilized because testing is performed at particular interval of time. So, most of the servers remain idle for the rest of the time.

On the other hand, in cloud testing, the businesses can easily set up testing environment when they require and free-up all the servers after testing is completed. This will at the end help enterprises or organizations to reduce overall cost.

  • Ease of customizing hardware resources: Cloud testing enables businesses to simulate the production scenarios in different ways through testing. It helps businesses to verify the load with the help of the performance testing. Also, it enables testing scenarios in different environments with multiple browsers and operating systems.

  • Support the concept of green computing: Green computing is nothing but a way of utilizing computing resources effectively and efficiently. Today, organizations extensively use servers and computers to perform various business activities. In such a scenario, opting for cloud testing will help organizations to reduce carbon foot print and becomes more environment-friendly.

  • More effective usage of the resources: Cloud servers could easily help businesses to improve the efficiency and utilization through an effective distribution of workload. It will empower organizations to leverage from the existing computing infrastructure from the vendor, which at the end reduce the overall cost of computing.

Okay, but how to get maximum benefit from cloud testing? Here’s the list of the best practices for testing cloud-based applications.

  • Get through the concepts of cloud computing. Well, this is the first and basic thing that every organization or individual should develop. One should understand the concepts of cloud computing and identify business risks to eliminate them.

  • Don’t forget to conduct pilot projects; it will help you identify the power of cloud-based testing for your business. Usually, pilot projects are less risky when it comes to evaluation of the feasibility of testing in the cloud. It becomes easy for the businesses to either test the cloud itself or host testing infrastructure in the cloud.

  • Intricate strategies are another great way to get more details on cloud testing. Elaborating strategies can include setting up criteria for testing applications, cloud vendors and levels of testing. You can easily get help from the cloud testing vendors and QA consulting firms for this.

  • Gear up interaction between the testing teams and be prepared for the complexities. There is no denying that testing cloud-based applications will increase time-by-time. Therefore, it is important to establish interaction between the testing and development teams. Also, enterprises will have to be prepared to test the additional complexities associated with the cloud-based applications.

  • Improve research. Of course, there are a lot of open issues and challenges exist when it comes to cloud testing. Therefore, rather than addressing such issues or challenges in separation, it is more advisable to conduct a detailed research on it with the help of researchers and practitioners.

Also, you can utilize various tools available in the market to perform cloud testing. You can use Monitis, Cloudsleuth, GFI, LoadStorm, CloudHarmony, BlazeMeter and so on are a few of the popular tools you can leverage from to perform cloud testing.

According to the recent reports from Gartner, most of the organizations will go for cloud solutions in the coming five years. Therefore, cloud testing will help enterprises leverage from better security and powerful tools. What’s your stand on this? Share your experiences or views in the comments…!

prashant

By Prashant Chambakara,

Prashant is a Test Consultant at TestingWhiz, is passionate about software testing and test automation. He loves to discuss issues on testing contributing to the testing communities through blogs, articles, and conference speaking engagements.He is the author of several articles on test automation process, covering the testing workflow. Follow his tech activities on Twitter (@prashant_geek)

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Comics

At CloudTweaks, we're plugged into the cloud, the internet of things and all that the web has to offer. From wearable technology, to mobile computing, cloud computing and big data, CloudTweaks is your source for updates and news on the most innovative technology.

Popular

Top Viral Impact

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data Big Data is BIG business and will continue to be one of the more predominant areas of focus in the coming years from small startups to large scale corporations. We’ve already covered on CloudTweaks how Big Data can be utilized in a number of interesting ways from preventing world hunger to…

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things There are many interesting ways in which companies are looking to connect devices to the cloud. From the vehicles to kitchen appliances the internet of things is already a $1.9 trillion dollar market based on research estimates from IDC. Included is a fascinating infographic provided by AriaSystems which shows us some…

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Many people have heard of cloud computing. There is however a tremendous number of people who still cannot differentiate between Public, Private & Hybrid cloud offerings.  Here is an excellent infographic provided by the group at iWeb which goes into greater detail on this subject. Infographic source: iWeb About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009,…

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud app and analytics company, Netskope released its quarterly Cloud Report. The new report reveals that enterprise employees are using an average of 397 different cloud apps (most of which are unsanctioned), when IT estimated they have 40-50 — that’s a tenfold underestimation. Below is an infographic provided courtesy of the group at Netskope which goes into further detail.…

Featured Sponsors

The Internet of Everything Opens Up The World

The Internet of Everything Opens Up The World

Shaping The World With New Technologies As a connected collection of intelligent objects, the Internet of Everything promises to open up those areas of the world hardest hit by economic, political and agricultural blights. Relatively inexpensive devices, paired with revolutionary energy sources and unprecedented access to information offer great promise to farmers and workers in…

Sponsors

Cloud ERP Starter’s Guide: When QuickBooks Is Not Enough

Cloud ERP Starter’s Guide: When QuickBooks Is Not Enough

Cloud ERP Starter’s Guide: When QuickBooks Is Not Enough You’ve been running your small business on QuickBooks, or a product like it, to automate your accounting function and produce basic financial reports. So, what’s wrong? Things just don’t seem to be working well. It takes too long to get a “picture” of how your business…

Placement Opportunities - Find Out!

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

You can help continue to support our community by social sharing, sponsoring, partnering or contributing to this great educational resource.

Contact

CloudTweaks Media
Phone: 1 (212) 763-0021

Join Our Newsletter