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Cloud Testing and its accelerated growth

In this article, we are going to learn a little more about Cloud Testing and how it has gradually gained ground and respect in the IT industry, to become one of the most promising testing services within companies around the world.

In the last few years, the term "Cloud Testing" has been gaining momentum in the software development industry and little by little more has been known about what it is and how it works. 

 

Companies around the world, and of all sizes, are migrating and adapting their services to practical, low-cost solutions that in terms of infrastructure do not require an investment of millions of dollars, such as the case of what is known as "The Cloud". Cloud computers are configured to work together, and different applications use the collective computing power as if they were running on a single system.

 

All this is to prove that their applications work under various conditions of use and to verify that they have the performance, reliability, and security that they and their customers expect. Next, we will know a little more about the concept of "Cloud Testing".

 

What is Cloud Testing?

 

It is a type of software testing in which the software application is tested using Cloud Computing services. The objective of this testing is to test the functional and non-functional requirements of the software using Cloud Computing, thus ensuring faster availability with scalability and flexibility to save time and cost in software testing.

 

Benefits and Challenges of Cloud Testing

 

Every organization has different objectives, and the methods they use to achieve them differ from company to company. For applications where the rate of increase in the number of users is unpredictable or there is variation in the deployment environment based on customer requirements, cloud testing is more effective.

 

Cloud Testing provides multiple benefits to companies that decide to make use of it: flexibility, low cost, unlimited storage, scalability, among others. The benefits are wide and good, as long as our applications have certain features that will help us to have better use of the tool. Here are a couple of features to consider:

  • You work with a large base of applications.

  • You are targeting low to medium-risk applications.

  • Your company has a strict budget and/or schedule.

Undoubtedly, the benefits to be obtained with this service are excellent and its use in any company can be very fruitful. But just as it has its benefits and is a relatively new strategy in the market, it has its challenges to face and consider. These are just a few examples of the challenges to consider:

 

  • Security: Using the public cloud is a big risk that we cannot leave aside. Cloud testing is based on the internet, so using them for important tests within an organization can lead to a risk of private information leakage, internet service suspension causing service disruptions, virus attacks via the web, etc.

  • Initial infrastructure: The cost of configuring the current tools to be able to test in a secure cloud environment can be a high initial cost. Some service providers offer limited configurations, servers, or insufficient storage for the creation of real-time test environments.

  • Lack of standards: Without well-established standards in the cloud, it is difficult to integrate public cloud resources with on-premises resources.

  • Accuracy: Being a tool that uses internet services, and this itself can present service failures, this directly affects the accuracy of the tests as the main service (internet) is variant.

 

Types of testing performed in Cloud

 

Cloud test environments can be used to perform different types of functional and non-functional tests for customers. The type of testing will always depend on the customer's needs, but here is a list of the most common ones:

  • Functional –This type of testing must be performed to ensure that the services provided are in optimum condition and to ensure that the customer's requirements are met. It includes unit testing, smoke testing, sanity testing, integration testing, and acceptance testing.

  • Performance Testing – It is super important to check the response time of the service to make sure that everything works as it should even when there are many requests to be done at the same time, bottlenecks, etc. Good service performance is an important part of this.

  • Security TestingLike any other system, in the cloud, it is essential to ensure that customer information and user privacy, in general, is protected against misuse, detects vulnerabilities in the code and service, as well as prevents data loss.

  • Compatibility Testing - Ensuring the operation of the service in different browsers, platforms, or operating systems.

  • Automated Testing Reducing efforts by automating tests is always a viable option in cloud-based testing. The cloud has preconfigured test environment, tools, and labs that are fully integrable with CI/CD systems such as Jenkins and supports most of the automation frameworks.

Whether in local or cloud environments, services and applications must always have a good testing strategy that adapts to the different characteristics and situations that arise in each environment.

In conclusion, Cloud Testing has come to stay and significantly help companies, to test their applications and provide a higher quality service to their customers, obtaining great benefits without the need of having their infrastructure. 

Montserrat C.

Passionate to travel and learn about other cultures. She enjoys meeting new people around the world, new places and definitely she is a New York lover. Watch horror movies, Game of Thrones and listen to good music are one of her favorites things to do. 


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