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Cloud Testing: The Next Generation

By on 10/06/2015

The hype of cloud computing is undeniable; specifically the way it helps enterprises save money. It helps organizations or service industries to focus more on their core business rather than thinking about setting up and maintaining IT infrastructure.1

Moreover, cloud computing brings a hosting environment that is immediate scaling, available on demand and flexible for the organizations in planning, installation, configuration and validation of complicated test environments while improving the quality of testing in quick time.

Cloud testing brings a whole host of benefits for the enterprises having applications hosted on the cloud! Okay, but what is cloud testing and how it benefits organizations? Let’s explore more on this!

What is cloud testing anyway?

Cloud testing is nothing but a means of testing cloud-based applications that utilize resources over the cloud. Here resources are different elements like hardware, software, infrastructure etc. required to carry out the tests.

It brings end-to-end solution that transforms the way testing is carried out and help enterprises get an edge over their competitors with reduced cost of testing without having a negative effect on the mission-critical applications.By utilizing a cloud computing solution for testing, organizations easily reduce provisioning time as the cloud let provisioning of test servers on demand. This at the end helps organizations make sure that unused servers are not sitting idle.

Benefits of cloud testing

Cloud testing helps businesses in various things like setting and maintain the environment, on-demand services, reduce the cost, overcome capital expenditure in advance, resource pooling and so on. Apart from all these, it helps organizations to leverage from a wide range of benefits discussed below:

  • Rapid provision of Test environment –In contrast with the conventional testing where companies are used to spend a huge amount of time and money establishing infrastructure, it is just a matter of a few seconds for the organizations to set up the testing environments or servers to fulfill the project time lines.Moreover, businesses or users can easily simulate the test replica of the production environment, which at the end helps the testing team to validate different business scenarios and find bugs as early as possible.
  • Cheaper Cost in setting infrastructure – At least 30 to 50% of servers are allocated for testing purpose in any organization. However, most of them are not utilized effectively as testing activities are performed periodically and once it’s done they remain idle for the rest of the time. On the other hand, cloud testing let the organizations set up the testing infrastructure as when required and withdraw all the servers once testing over. This helps organizations to get their work done at the lowest cost.
  • Faster customization of hardware resources– With the help of cloud testing, it becomes easier for the businesses to simulate the production scenarios in order verify the load, performance testing, verifying the scenarios in a different environment with multiple browserson different operating systemand latest versions available in the market.
  • Fulfill the concept of Green computing and Reducing Carbon foot Print– Green Computing is the practice of using computing resources effectively. As the global usage of servers and desktops continues to grow, adopting cloud testing will enable organizations to become more environmentally friendly.
  • Utilization of resources effectively–Cloud will fulfill all the business needs as and when needed. With the help ofcloud servers efficiency and utilization could be drastically improved via an even distribution of workload.Testing in the cloud help you leverage from existing computing infrastructure provided by the vendor.  This at the end helps you reduce the cost of computing.

What kind of testing can be performed in the cloud?

Well, testing in the cloud is totally different from conventional on-premises testing. Once you move your applications to the cloud, here are a few of the testing methods you can perform:System integration testing, User acceptance Testing, Security Testing, Performance testing, Disaster recovery testing, Availability testing, Scalability testing, Multi tenancy Testing, Interoperability Testing, Accessibility Testing andAutomation testing

Final Verdict!

Gartner has already predicted that most of the organizations will adopt cloud solutions in place for their conventional applications within next five years. Moving testing in the cloud will help organizations leverage from the latest tools and enhanced security. Moreover, cloud testing is a win-win situation for the organizations. So, it is worth investing time and money in cloud testing! What’s your stand on this? Share your views in the comments.

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