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Cloud Testing - The Future of Software Testing

February 20 2015
Author: v2softadmin

Over the last two decades the majority of applications were running on client/server architecture, and data was tightly coupled with applications in client/server architecture. Then the World Wide Web came along with N-tier application architecture where developers could create flexible and reusable applications. By segregating an application into tiers, developers acquired the option of modifying or adding a specific layer, instead of reworking the entire application. Technology innovation has further provided web access to people on the go via laptops and mobile devices.

Software testing has also undergone a long drawn evolution cycle. From ad-hoc practices within different business units, it gradually evolved to a centralized Managed Test Center approach. However, the testing paradigm has changed and there are major challenges that need to be overcome, such as infrastructure availability, complexity and increasing costs. Traditional application testing has its own limitations as well, like latency, performance, concurrency, planning and extremely expensive execution costs.

As technology innovation continues to make software available on various platforms and devices, software quality assurance has also caught up with the latest digital trends with its own innovation. Cloud testing is a game changer and surpasses the challenges faced with traditional testing. Setting up the cloud testing service is very straight forward for any organization: develop user scenarios, design test cases, select cloud services provider, setup infrastructure, leverage cloud servers, start testing, monitor testing goals and deliver results.

What are some of the great benefits of cloud testing?

  • Cloud Computing Economics says that an organization gets 40-60%  savings in the cloud testing vs  the traditional testing model
  • Eliminate up-front investment in hardware procurement, management and maintenance, software licensing and support costs and achieve fast ROI on application investments.
  • Achieve faster time-to-market through rapid procurement and project set-up & execution
  • Ensure data integrity and ‘anytime, anywhere’ accessibility through enterprise-class secure, available and redundant infrastructure with 24x7 operation
  • Reduced investments and operational costs

Cloud testing is under constant evolution and is continuously bringing in new opportunities and challenges. Moving testing to cloud is more cost effective for any organization as long as it does not include sensitive data and there is minimal impact on the organization’s business activities. Some may have the opinion that small business units will harness public clouds, while large enterprises will leverage private clouds for their cloud-based testing services.  Whether the company is large or small though, the road to cloud-based testing is paved with its own set of challenges.

If you would like to find out more about V2Soft’s cloud testing and other testing options check out our Testing Solutions page!

Some cloud computing statistics that you should know

  1. Cloud By 2015, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion.
  2. There’s an estimated 1 Exabyte of data stored in the cloud.
  3. Cisco forecasts that global data centre traffic will triple from 2.6 zettabytes in 2012 to 7.7 zettabytes annually in 2017, representing a 25 percent CAGR
  4. 59% of all new spending on cloud computing services originates from North American enterprises, a trend projected to accelerate through 2016.

Source: SiliconANGLE » 20 Cloud Computing Statistics Every CIO Should Know