Cloud testing is a method of software testing that provides various cloud computing services such as software, hardware, and other computing devices. Over the last decades, traditional software testing incurs a high cost to simulate user activity from multiple locations. Most applications were running on client/server architecture, and data was tightly coupled with applications in client/server architecture. Then the World Wide Web came along with N-tier application architecture where developers could create flexible and reusable applications. By segregating an application into tiers, developers acquired the option of modifying or adding a specific layer, instead of reworking the entire application. Technology innovation has further provided web access to people on the go via laptops and mobile devices.
Testing firewalls and load balancers involve the expenditure on hardware, software, and maintenance. In the case of applications where the rate of increase in some users is unpredictable or there is variation in deployment environment depending on client requirements, cloud testing is more effective.
Software testing has also undergone a long-drawn evolution cycle. From ad-hoc practices within different business units, it gradually evolved into a centralized Managed Test Center approach. However, the testing paradigm has changed and there are major challenges that need to be overcome, such as infrastructure availability, complexity, and increasing costs. Traditional application testing has its limitations as well, like latency, performance, concurrency, planning, and extremely expensive execution costs.
As technology innovation continues to make software available on various platforms and devices, software quality assurance has also caught up with the latest digital trends with its innovation. Cloud testing is a game-changer and surpasses the challenges faced with traditional testing. Setting up the cloud testing service is very straight forward for any organization: develop user scenarios, design test cases, select cloud services provider, set up infrastructure, leverage cloud servers, start testing, monitor testing goals and deliver results.
What Are Some of the Great Benefits of Cloud Testing?
Cost-Effective: The total cost of ownership is cloud-based automation is very less compared to traditional testing that an organization saves 70% in the cloud testing against the traditional testing model
Speed up testing and software release. Get instant feedback on whether the application is bug-free and ready to deploy.
Reduce IT Management Costs: Cloud-based testing tools reduce the investments and operational costs to traditional tools. With less IT management efforts to implement, employees concentrate more on core exercises that make a difference to a company’s business.
Cloud-based tools make it feasible for teams spread across different locations to easily collaborate. Testers can easily test from different locations and access test reports from anywhere in the world without the pain of uploading and downloading them.
Cloud-based tools bring in the benefits of virtualization. They enable companies to make optimal use of their resources with the result that testing is more flexible and efficient. As applications become increasingly complex, virtualization brings in the benefit of resource sharing with reduced capital costs
Software Testing Futures for 2020
The field of software testing is undergoing continuous evolution. With the ongoing developments in technology, software testing experts have come up with the latest trends for the software testing industry.
In the field of software testing, the year 2020 will witness a shift from performance testing to performance engineering. Performance engineering will focus on important elements like configuration quality, convenience, the practicality of use, and customer value to provide enhanced customer experiences.
Cloud testing is under constant evolution and is continuously bringing in new opportunities and challenges. Moving to a test to the cloud is more cost-effective for any organization as long as it does not include sensitive data and there is minimal impact on the organization’s business activities. Some may have the opinion that small business units will harness public clouds, while large enterprises will leverage private clouds for their cloud-based testing services. Whether the company is large or small though, the road to cloud-based testing is paved with its own set of challenges.
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