Cloud testing is a promising trend in the world of software development that has multiple advantages. It differs from the traditional testing approach when you have to set up, verify and maintain scenarios in all aspects from end to end, because testing in the cloud enables easy testing in virtual testing infrastructure and can be applied to a range of testing types.
However, to ensure you’ve built a secure cloud testing environment you need to perform some pretesting in the cloud itself.
Here are the testing stages to be done
- System integration testing is done to check the cloud option works in the current environments and infrastructure and that cloud implementation does not interrupt with existing systems.
- User acceptance testing verifies that the organization’s business needs are met by the cloud solution the vendor provides.
- Do security testing in order to make all the important and sensitive data you are going to store in the cloud safe. Since privacy is another key issue in the cloud from the user perspective, make sure the application users’ privacy and associated information are secure as well.
- Execute performance testing to measure the performance of your system in the cloud. Verify response time, network latency peak request count, load balancing via hosting subscription in data centers over the globe. You can as well perform traditional stress testing to validate cloud-model business scenarios under varied application load.
- Disaster recovery testing is done to measure the time of disaster recovery in different scenarios such as system failures, hardware failures, insufficient bandwidth and network outrage.
- Availability testing is called to ensure that the cloud solution can be accessed at any time both for the enterprise and end user and is usually the provider’s key responsibility.
- The idea of multi-tenancy testing is providing cloud offerings of a single instance to several tenants, or users and clients. When two and more customers use on and the same instance and data security is concerned, cloud offering needs validation.
- The cloud provider should be flexible to successfully run while moving an application between actual and alternate clouds. For this interoperability testing is performed.
- You need to make sure that user groups over different geographic locations can access the cloud at any time point without delay with the help of accessibility testing.
- Automation testing ensures the ability to create and execute the automation suite with minimal changes to the cloud.
Depending on the organization’s testing needs, the company should also choose the appropriate delivery model among Saas, IaaS and PaaS and select the relevant deployment model among public, private and hybrid clouds.
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Created: 26 Dec 2013
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