Recent years have become a huge trampoline for cloud computing. No wonder QA is amongst the leaders in the field. Cloud services have indeed opened new possibilities for software testing. Yet it has also added a few challenges. So let’s get to our FAQ.
- Are there actual benefits from both testing and running enterprise software in the cloud? Cloud tools present much value for both native IT tribes: testers and developers. They offer the same set of abilities that in-house testing does and a little more. The key factor here is scalability. That is great news for big companies that now can handle large project fairly easier. And even greater news for small and medium-sized businesses that can now manage large-scale projects fairly cheaper. Some extra testing abilities are added like monitoring amounts of users and lots more extremely useful production environment related data.
- What are the downsides and where are the risks? We live in a cruel world, as you all know, thus there is an unpleasant fact existing – everything has its minuses. The risks of cloud testing are capability and responsibility. The tool is outside the house – some control over it is lost. If anything happens to your tools no super-It-man is coming to the rescue, there are simply no machines near you than need to be fixed. As well as scalability with all positive sides may have some drawbacks. The data given may be unclear, that could lead to unexpected expenses.
- Security issues? Your company’s apps need to be secure, right? But so is the environment it is being tested at. Please make sure you are in fact able to deal with possibly upcoming cloud-based environment related issues.
- How to choose the ultimate testing tool? It is only up for your company to decide which tool will satisfy the project’s needs in the best way. All projects differ one from another, thus nobody can give you a clear answer on that one. We have lots of post about tools and their potential. Perhaps you will find your answer there.
- The APM part of cloud computing? Cloud services made APM a bit more difficult. It is difficult now for home-based tools to gather info from their cloud-based brothers. Yet this issue is solvable if you get to it from the other side. Some cloud-based tools are able of getting information from the home-based ones.
SLA is important? How come if I’ve never even heard of it? The Service-Level Agreement is something that gives you the possibility to check on your cloud provider. It also makes them follow certain standards, which, trust me, you want them to follow on order for all to be safe and smooth. Most of them SLAs are solid stone standard, yet some can make exceptions for VIP clients.