This blog will touch on the benefits and best practices of continuous testing in the cloud, why it’s more critical now than ever before. Cloud-based quality assurance (QA) is gradually substituting on-premises QA. Because it helps save time and money on software testing, streamlines processes, and provides access to a wide pool of devices.
Getting Started With Cloud Testing
Cloud Testing is a type of software testing in which the software application is tested using cloud computing services. Cloud computing is an online-based stage that renders distinctive computing organizations like programming, equipment, and other computer-related administrations remotely.
In order to understand Cloud Testing, we need to know the Cloud Computing concept first.
Real-Life Example to Explain Cloud Computing:
We can easily understand the theory of Cloud Computing by taking a simple example of having a meal at a restaurant. For Example, consider having a meal at home versus that of having at a restaurant. While the objective is purely the consumption of a meal. And the approach or model used in both these cases varies to a great extent.
At home, you need to make sure whether you have all the ingredients required for the meal, you need to make sure that the required preparation to cook the particular dish is done. You cook the food and the responsibility of keeping the surroundings tidy post the dish is cooked solely belongs to you.
Now, on the other hand, a service is having a meal at a restaurant. As a customer, you only go to the restaurant, order the dish of your choice and pay for the services.
The bonus of possessing the ingredients, preparation for the dish, cooking the dish, its presentation, serving the dish to you, clearing and cleaning the table once done, packing any excessive leftover food all fall on the restaurant’s administration.
This example can be viewed as similar to the ideologies and the principles of Cloud Computing – “On-demand availability”, “As a service” and “Pay for the usage”.
Benefits of Testing in the Cloud
In contrast to traditional software testing, cloud-based testing has several unique advantages:
- Clouds Are Faster – One of the main benefits of moving to the cloud is making things move faster. Because as a developer or a test engineer, moving to the cloud reduces the pains of building and setting up environments. Plus, the cloud allows you to do more in a given time with parallel execution.
- Scalability – In the cloud, you can scale your parallel testing up or down to allow you to control the velocity. And how much you can actually include in a given sprint. Think about 1,000 test cases running on 10 virtual machines or 1,000 virtual machines — this is going to enable much faster testing over time. Scaling your automation and getting fast feedback through automation is yet another benefit that the cloud provides.
- Security – Improved security is another major benefit. This is even more important now with most teams working from home. Making sure that you are operating through a VPN channel secure environment.
- Clouds Can Apply Real User Conditions – Cloud solutions give you different conditions as a given settings or configuration on top of your web or mobile platform, making this a similar environment setting. You can test real user conditions. In addition, competing background applications, network conditions, different screen sizes and resolutions, 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi, different languages, security alerts, push notifications, and more.
- Clouds Encourage Collaboration – If you’re a developer, a test manager, a QA engineer, or a product manager. You can go to the cloud to review all testing activities. For instance, test automation frameworks were used for executing test cases across all platforms. Therefore, the cloud facilitates cross-team collaboration and allows all of these challenges to become less painful to the users.
Cloud Testing Tools
There are several Cloud-Based Software Testing tools that are available.
- SOASTA CloudTest
- Xamarin Test Cloud
- Jenkins Dev@Cloud
In conclusion, Cloud Computing has become one of those “big bangs” in the industry. Most organizations are now leaning towards adopting the cloud because of its flexibility, scalability, and reduced costs.
Using the cloud for testing is immensely helping organizations to acquire the required tools, software licenses, infrastructures at a very low cost without having to set it up themselves and later worry about its maximum utilization.
Evidently, a cloud is here to stay for a long time and cloud testing has a bright future as well.