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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)

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)

Unit Testing Legacy Code: Three Reasons to Reconsider By @ReselBob | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Unit Testing Legacy Code: Three Reasons to Reconsider By Bob Reselman Teams that have embraced DevOps and begun using the practice of test driven development are familiar with the headaches that accompany testing legacy code. This is particularly true for companies that have applications out in production that have been working for years, but have no formal tests or testing regiment associated with its codebase. Most of the time the physical code for the applications is known; many times it is not. In fact, both the code and the developer who wrote the code might have left the building years ago. So, what do you do? Unit testing is a fundamental tenet of the practice of Test Driven Development. As a result, the typical reaction by managers pursuing the DevOps way of life is to have development staff go back into the codebase and write unit tests. Once the units tes... (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)

Cloud Expo Sponsor Secures $10M Funding

SOASTA at Cloud Expo SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, announced the successful close of $10 million in Series C funding as it prepares its global expansion. The round was led by UV Partners, and included participation from all existing investors Canaan Partners, Formative Ventures and The Entrepreneurs’ Fund. The company’s growth plan includes the opening of offices in Europe, broadening of the reseller channel and increasing its technology roadmap with product enhancements to address the growing demand for SOASTA’s cloud-based testing service. The announcement follows other significant company milestones. SOASTA recently announced a new partnership with Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC), a leading managed services provider, who has integrated CloudTest into its Trusted Cloud Services offering and its testing and development methodology. The company com... (more)

Benefits of Load Testing in the Cloud (Part 1)

Many companies have moved applications to the cloud as a way to reduce capital expenditure while improving IT focus and effectiveness. End users see the cloud as a way to access their documents and applications remotely from anywhere and from any device. IT managers see the cloud as a means of rapidly adapting their infrastructures as needed via virtualization and a pay-per use-model. But what about load testing engineers? Can they seize the opportunities afforded by the cloud to better test the performance of web applications? As with past overhyped trends in IT, it is important to see past all the talk and look for concrete ways to take advantage of this new technology's flexibility and scalability to save time, reduce costs, and improve the way your organization works. This article describes how the cloud is revolutionizing load testing and the advantages it pr... (more)

Misconceptions Around App Testing in the Private Cloud

The private cloud: What it is (and isn't) The private cloud is misunderstood. At this stage, vendors can be forgiven for not having a firm idea of what the private cloud is and how it can uniquely improve their processes. Too many service providers have branded legacy technologies as "cloud-based," warping buyers' expectations about what a private cloud actually is and should do. In some cases, what developers and testers get with these cloud-washed solutions are nothing more than heavily virtualized environments that offer little or none of the scalability, automation, self-service, and on-demand provisioning associated with cloud computing at-large. As a result, organizations may think of the private cloud as simply a slight update to their internal IT systems, a fresh coat of paint on the same aging infrastructure that they have been looking to leave behind as ne... (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)

DevOps and Test Automation | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Test automation is arguably the most important innovation to the process of QA testing in software development. The ability to automate regression testing and other repetitive test cases can significantly reduce the overall production time for even the most complex solutions. As software continues to be developed for new platforms - including mobile devices and the diverse array of endpoints that will be created during the rise of the Internet of Things - automation integration will have a huge hand to play delivering reliable, multifunctional products that end users want and need. Of course, test automation is not without its challenges. Let's take a look at some of the common hurdles testers face when trying to automate the testing life cycle, and ways around them. Interoperability One of the biggest challenges facing software vendors across the board is interoper... (more)

Web 2.0: Why Has Web Testing Failed Us?

Last February on a business trip to London, I had a typical day that included several calls back to the U.S. and India. Instead of using my mobile phone or an expensive hotel landline to make the calls, I decided to use my Skype account. Although (at times) not the greatest quality, this web service has proven to save a lot of money on my overseas calls. However, on this particular day when I attempted to log into Skype I experienced some technical issues that would not allow me to access my account. When I finally went to Skype's web site to see if there was a problem, I found the following message: "Some of you may be having problems logging into Skype. Our engineering team has determined that it's a software issue. We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours" -Skype web site on Feb. 18, 2008 Twelve-24 hours to fix the problem! Now that has to be the defin... (more)