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 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
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)
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)
Test Data Management and the Cloud - Keeping All the Plates Spinning
I was recently in Boston at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and with the
long-awaited warm weather, all the street entertainers were in full force.
Singers, musicians, and a variety of juggling acts filled the street, with
crowds surrounding them. One act in particular struck a chord with me - the
classic spinning plates. We've all seen it at various times in our lives. The
entertainer started spinning plates, balanced precariously on top of wooden
sticks. More and more plates started spinning with the entertainer
frantically running back and forth as one started to slow down, almost fall,
but, just in time, was able to get it spinning and balanced again. Then the
entertainer reached his limit: he add one more plate and as he tried to keep
them all up, one lone plate, down on the end started to wobble, th... (more)
As we predicted earlier in the year, cloud computing is starting to take
hold, especially if you believe the marketing literature of vendors and
consulting firms. Yet, we are seeing an increasing number of Cloud success
stories, ranging from simplistic consumption of utility Services and
offloading of compute resources to the sort of application and process clouds
we discussed in a previous ZapFlash. Perhaps the reason why usage of the
Cloud is still nascent in the enterprise is because of an increasing chorus
of concerns being voiced about the usage of Cloud resources:
Cloud availability. Cloud security. Erosion of data integrity. Data
replication and consistency issues. Potential loss of privacy. Lack of
auditing and logging visibility. Potential for regulatory violations.
Application sprawl & dependencies. Inappropriate usage of Services.
Difficulty in managing i... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, has
been named "Bronze Sponsor" of 5th International Cloud Computing Expo
(www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the
Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.
SOASTA also recently received $10 million in Series C funding as it prepares
its global expansion in 2010.
"Leveraging the Cloud to test websites is a game changer for our customers,"
says SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos (http://tomlounibos.ulitzer.com).
Read Tom Lounibos's insightful article "Why Has Web Testing Failed Us?"
Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term "cloud
computing" was coined. That same year, the first Cloud Expo took place in New
York City with 450 delegates. This coming April, Cloud Expo is returning to
New York City with more than 5,000 delegates and over 100 sponso... (more)
Where cloud computing is concerned, the Enterprise IT industry has gone from
asking 'What?' and 'Why?' to asking 'How?' and 'When?' - making 2010 the year
that company after company, organization after organization, and government
agency after government agency is moving, or beginning its move, to the
One clear indicator of the groundswell of adoption is the increasing
frequency and size of the events in the international Cloud Expo series,
which recently staged a huge event in the Jacob Javits Center in New York,
and which in June (June 21-22 2010, to be exact) is bringing an expanded
event, Cloud Expo Europe (www.CloudExpo-Europe.com), to Prague, capital of
the Czech Republic.
Here is the event in summary form:
What: Cloud Expo Europe (6th International Cloud Expo)
When: 21-22 June, 2010
Where: Prague Hilton, Czech Republic
And here is the link to the Confe... (more)
Cloud computing adds a new dimension to conventional models of testing
services delivery. Gartner highlights the five attributes of cloud computing
as service-based, scalable and elastic, shared, metered by use, uses internet
technologies (1). Cloud computing characteristics such as virtualization,
on-demand scale up/down of infrastructure resources, self service
capabilities and pay per use pricing models are allowing cloud platform
vendors to provide infrastructure and software services at lower costs to
organizations utilizing cloud computing services (2).
There is a growing trend of organizations taking up cloud computing
initiatives to consolidate infrastructure that is geographically spread in
multiple data centers to a single cloud platform vendor. Minimizing upfront
infrastructure investment, ability to scale up/down quickly, high
availability and disaster... (more)
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
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)
In Part 1 I described how the cloud is revolutionizing load testing and the
advantages it provides to ensure that your web applications perform well in
production. We also looked at what capabilities you should seek out when
selecting a load testing solution.
In Part 2, I will offer the limitations of a test strategy that relies solely
on cloud-based testing, highlighting the need for a complementary internal
load testing solution. I will also discuss several best practices for load
testing in the cloud. Understanding how to apply the right tools and
practices to make the most of the cloud is fundamental to cloud-based testing
and vital to ultimately going live with total peace of mind.
The advantages to load testing with the cloud are clear, but internal testing
still has its place in the overall test plan, particularly when testing from
outside the firewall is not... (more)
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,
will discuss the seven steps to improving your mobile testing process.
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.
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