Applications Of Cloud-Based Testing
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Applications Of Cloud-Based Testing

By CIOReview | Thursday, May 19, 2022

Testing applications in the cloud can be more advantageous for businesses than on-premises testing.

FREMONT, CA: Cloud-based testing is a quality assurance method that uses cloud-based technologies to simulate real-world user traffic and surroundings to test any application, network, or infrastructure.

Providers of cloud-based testing services and tools offer configurable testing environments according to an application's specifications. They provide cloud-based testing labs, lab management services, service virtualization, testing tools on-demand, and device clouds. Cloud-based quality assurance is growing in popularity due to the availability of various cloud-based testing options and the ease of adopting testing technologies.

In the Hype Cycle for Cloud Security 2020 research, Gartner forecasted that cloud-based testing would become one of the most frequently deployed cloud technologies within two years. Gartner expects that firms that use this technology will reap significant benefits.

Functional testing guarantees that software features and functions conform to specifications and interact with hardware correctly. System, acceptability, and integration testing are included. Testers may utilize QAwerk, Rapise, Sauce Labs, and other technologies for functional testing.

Non-functional testing examines the non-functional characteristics of software, such as its performance, usability, and dependability. There are three primary forms of non-functional testing: testing for business needs, security, scalability, and performance. AppPerfect, Nmap, Nessus, and Wireshark may be utilized for these tasks.

Ability testing checks whether customers can access application services on demand from the cloud environment. Compatibility and operability, disaster recovery, and multi-tenancy testing are the primary activities.

Use cases for cloud testing

All organizations dissatisfied with conventional testing or wanting to optimize their process may find the aforementioned benefits appealing. However, cloud-based testing is the most efficient in several specific use situations. Consider deploying it if a business requires it:

Get access to more testing equipment: A restricted number of testing devices may create a bottleneck for businesses that simultaneously develop multiple solutions. In this circumstance, testing teams must wait to test their application, slowing down the entire development process. Or, a testing team may require a device that an organization will no longer need in the future. Cloud-based testing tools offer virtual and actual device access, enabling QA teams to test their applications on hardware without delay.

Reduce the number of manual tests: Many organizations continue to rely on manual testing in their workflows, but they aim to reduce their efforts by automating a portion of their testing processes. It is simpler to do so with cloud-based testing solutions that don't require installation, have predefined test settings and laboratories, and frequently have APIs to interface with other tools.

Develop a pipeline for continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD): The CI/CD release procedure relies heavily on automation and the collaboration of the development and testing teams. It makes the release process more streamlined and expedient. Implementing a CI/CD pipeline can be difficult if a firm employs many non-integrated local technologies. Cloud-based solutions are more suited for automation and integration, given that many cloud service providers offer both development and testing tools.

Create distributed teams: The key to assembling a skilled and diversified QA team is the capacity to recruit QA specialists with specialized knowledge from around the globe. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has normalized remote work. With cloud-based solutions, business becomes more adaptable and less dependent on a physical office.