Being a standard model for many hosted apps’ delivery, the cloud has introduced cloud-based app testing which is now hitting its stride. This approach to testing allows companies which lack resources and physical space to access test tools and environments they need. Cloud-based testing suggests test case executions, defect reporting and all the other testing operations occur in the cloud. It facilitates collaboration and communication between geographically dispersed users and engineers. A cloud framework greatly the risk testing will impact the company’s production environment or inadvertent data contamination.
Despite all the benefits, the development of such a framework is rather costly. An affordable alternative to this is cloud-powered testing on demand. It suggests a third party builds a test framework in their data center and supplies professionally trained testers and automated testing tools. This approach lets companies eliminate their expense of cloud-based or on-premise testing frameworks and move their capital expense to operating expense. Cloud testing which is fundamental for any software of a cloud-based model is just as well valuable for apps delivered over network connection.
Among the testing types most appropriate for cloud-based environments are the following:
Cloud-Specific Testing: Such tests as browser performance, Web services and latency are much easier to execute in the native environment.
OS Compatibility Testing: this testing type determines if your app can run across various operating systems.
Operating environments needed only for a short time period are perfectly hosted due to the cloud scalability.
Functional Testing: Any software should be tested to make sure it meets the functional specifications. Cloud environments ensure both speed and scalability for such tests of either cloud-delivered or traditional software efficiently and quickly.
Load Testing: Test tools and engineers are able to make heavy traffic loads as well as measure app performance. Within the traditional testing, load test environments usually get simulated or approximated according to costs. Therefore, in-house testers can skip them depending on the expense for building a sufficient ecosystem out for load testing.
Performance Testing: Eliminating bottlenecks by testing performance is an essential step in preparing any application for its live use. Cloud-based frameworks enables a less expensive and much easier generation of a wide range of performance scenarios, as well as those where users are dispersed over the globe.
Stress Testing: Like load testing, this testing type evaluates an application’s functionality and stability under load, however, in this case, traffic loads are pushed to, or beyond, their recommended peak by testing tools. Just like with load testing, this type of testing in in-house environments normally involves expensive simulations.
To sum it up, testing on demand in the cloud focuses on the deliverable as well as the importance of getting ROI without sacrificing quality. The method incorporates many practices of modern testing methodologies while eliminates processes unnecessary or inappropriate for the successful completion of a project.
Moreover, use a third-party provides companies with some valuable insights that their in-house users and developers might miss. Companies working according to this approach can reduce their testing costs by almost 50% increasing security, stability and overall product quality at the same time.
Created: 27 Mar 2014
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