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Control Costs: Use Cloud Test Environments By Dalibor Siroky There is no more effective way to reduce your overall test environment spend than to migrate to cloud test environments and embrace testing and infrastructure automation. The nature of test environments is inherently temporary—you set up an environment, run through an automated test suite, and then tear down the environment. If you can reduce the cycle time for this process down to hours or minutes, then you may be able to cut your test environment budgets considerably. This is the “Holy Grail” for both cost savings and agility. This on-demand model allows you to take advantage of public cloud APIs and only pay for the time you need to run through automated tests. Its success depends on two things: automated infrastructure and automated acceptance tests. If you can reach these two goals, the cost savings f... (more)

The Five Cloud-Based Load Testing Tool Must-Haves | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The cloud provides two major advantages to load and performance procedures that help testing teams better model realistic behavior: instant infrastructure and geographic location. Cloud-based load testing also lowers the total cost of ownership, increases flexibility and allows testers to understand the impact of third-party components. So you're sold on using the cloud; here's what you should look for in a cloud-based load testing solution. One of the most dangerous moves software developers and testers can make is being lulled into a false sense of security. For example, when application features and performance levels meet expectations during pre-production, only to crash and burn when presented to real users in production. In that same vein, if your organization has any kind of performance testing strategy, chances are you're conducting load testing. However, yo... (more)

Could Crowdsourced Testing Be the Future? | @CloudExpo #Cloud

This is how a typical software product lifecycle works: You gather requirements, build a prototype, detail out the architecture and design, develop the product, test it, deploy the product, handle migration and maintenance and ensure product support. This is a closed loop where the Product Support team gathers new requirements which are eventually deployed. This clearly detailed lifecycle loop has been getting increasingly fuzzy in the recent past, at least for web product development. For one, requirement gathering and prototype building are often carried out in parallel. Pivoting is a concept where the features of a software product are constantly improved upon as new requirements come in. But it is in testing where there is a paradigm shift in the way things work. Unlike a typical PLM set-up where a dedicated team of testers dig out bugs and other malfunctions in ... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing Belongs to Asia

People often ask me where I believe the biggest opportunities for Cloud Computing currently are, at first I thought they were asking about the technical particulars like public clouds, platforms etc, but recently I've come to realize it isn't so much the technology as much as where the technology is being adopted that is important. Really what they're asking me is where is the money? I'm here today to tell you, it's in Asia. One of the more interesting side effects of creating the CloudCamp series of events around the globe has been as a market research vehicle. As interest in Cloud Computing increases in various geographic regions, so does the interest in folks on the ground who want to help organize local CloudCamp events. This network of local organizers has become an invaluable resource into new markets. These events have also done a tremendous job of forecasting ... (more)

Industry Trends and Perspectives: Tape, Disk and Dedupe Coexistence

This is part of an ongoing series of short industry trends and perspectives blog posts briefs. These short posts compliment other longer posts along with traditional industry trends and perspective white papers, research reports, solution brief content found at www.storageio.com/reports. The topic of this post is a trend that I am seeing and hearing about during discussions with IT professionals pertaining to how tape is still alive despite common industry FUD. Not only is tape still very much alive with recent enhancements including LTO5 with an extended range roadmap, it is also finding new roles. In addition to being deployed in new roles, tape is coexisting and complimenting dedupe or other disk based backup and data protection approaches and vice versa. Hearing tape is alive in the same sentence as dedupe deployments continuing may sound counter intuitive if ... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Call for Papers Closes July 4

Cloud and virtualization are the Power Couple of enterprise computing: the cloud offers potentially unlimited scalability (both up and down) while the virtualization of resources ensures that system management issues are hidden from the end-user. It is a marriage made in heaven. As enterprises in ever-increasing numbers start to to evaluate cloud computing, many are assessing which applications can run in public clouds, which should run in a private cloud, and how to ensure that applications will be portable from one to another. Since there will be many different kinds of clouds, another issue is what kind of cloud resources should you use? How easy will it be to migrate to a public or private cloud, and how easy will it be to move between them? If you entrust your data to a Cloud Computing vendor, how will the vendor secure your data and segregate it from that of o... (more)

New to Cloud-Based Performance Testing? By @DanBoutinSOASTA | @CloudExpo #Cloud

New to Cloud-Based Performance Testing?  Here's a Quick Language Lesson by Dan Boutin OK, go ahead… admit it. You listen to Sirius/XM Radio channels 8 and 9 only. You haven’t noticed who the president is since Bill Clinton left office. If you haven’t had your mid-life crisis, you’re thinking about having it soon. And you may still call your test tool Mercury LoadRunner, refusing to acknowledge HP’s purchase of Mercury since it happened eight years ago. You want to get with the times, but you can’t. Why? Because you don’t speak the new language. And that language barrier is stopping you from entering the new world order in performance testing: cloud-based performance testing. So, I’m here to help you feel young again with a language lesson. Today, we’re going to translate your circa-1989 client/server tool terminology to today’s web and mobile cloud-based performanc... (more)

Three Reasons Software Testers Need to Ask Questions By @ZalinCal | @CloudExpo #Cloud

It's a well-known adage that curiosity killed the cat, but this drive to figure things out is something that can be critical for software testers. People are often taught from an early age to question everything in order to gain a higher understanding. This characteristic is something that likely will not be on the job requirement list, but will still be expected from quality assurance professionals. Being inquisitive and asking questions whenever possible spurs innovation and will improve your capabilities in QA management. Questions breed innovation Part of a tester's job involves the ability to find and mitigate bugs within a particular program. While you may be able to execute your current tests, it's unlikely that these cases will always be viable. For this reason, QA professionals must be able to ask what types of issues they are up against, what platforms mu... (more)

Pragmatic Mobile Testing | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #IoT #Microservices

Seven Steps to Pragmatic Mobile Testing Mobile testing is getting harder: more devices, multiple operating systems, higher quality expectations and shorter development cycles. In his session at DevOps Summit, Tom Chavez, Senior Evangelist at SOASTA, discussed the seven steps to improving your mobile testing process. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Tom Chavez, with 20+ years of experience as a product manager in software development tools, works in product management at SOASTA, the leader in performance analytics. He has worked across the Silicon Valley at industry leaders including Apple, Sun, PalmSource, and Intuit delivering tools for Mac, Java, PalmOS, and Android development and testing. @ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, June 7-9 2016 at New York City's Javits Center! Secrets of Sponsors and Exhibitors ▸ Here Secrets of Clou... (more)

Testing, #DevOps and #ContinuousDelivery| @DevOpsSummit #Monitoring

With applications the driving force in today's economy, the quality and release cadence of your software are critical to your business and your bottom line. You want to get software updated in the hands of your end users as quickly as possible. However, even the fastest release cycle wouldn't make a difference if your product ends up being buggy or malfunctioning, resulting in a bad user experience or service interruption. I want to take a look at one of the most important (if not the most important) aspects of the software delivery process: testing! As software teams become more mature in their implementation of DevOps and continuous delivery to streamline their software delivery, testing takes a central role as a prerequisite to these practices. You need to have testing on your mind from the very beginning, and plan your testing as part of the initial stages of d... (more)

[session] #IoT Integrity Testing | @ThingsExpo @Parasoft #API #M2M #Sensors

IoT Integrity: A Guide to Robust Endpoint Testing If you're responsible for an application that depends on the data or functionality of various IoT endpoints - either sensors or devices - your brand reputation depends on the security, reliability, and compliance of its many integrated parts. If your application fails to deliver the expected business results, your customers and partners won't care if that failure stems from the code you developed or from a component that you integrated. What can you do to ensure that the endpoints work as expected and enhance your brand? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Wayne Ariola, Chief Strategy Officer at Parasoft, will outline a multiphase strategy: validate each endpoint against your expectations; vet each new endpoint vs. your internal policy for security, performance, and availability; integrate simulated behavior into a tes... (more)