Testing

CI & CD are meaningless without CT

Article Written by Sanjay Zalavadia, VP of Client Services, Zephyr

Agile methods have introduced a bunch of new processes to help support fast-paced operations and ensure that products meet quality standards. Continuous practices have become a staple for facilitating these needs, but they can often be dependent upon each other to function effectively. Alone, continuous integration and continuous delivery can bring essential benefits but they cannot reach their full height without continuous testing. With quality testing tools, teams can uphold continuous testing requirements and establish an environment for successful continuous integration and continuous delivery efforts.

The importance of CT

Continuous practices were implemented as a means of ensuring that a deliverable would be ready to release at any moment. However, this couldn't happen if it wasn't appropriately tested. Users are placing a major emphasis on whether an app is functional and meets their needs when they download it to their devices. In fact, according to research by Localytics, 23 percent of people abandon an app after just one use. Although this is a slight improvement over last year, the numbers show that 62 percent will use an app less than 11 times. User retention is the name of the game for organizations that want to be competitive, but to do this, they'll need to step up their testing capabilities.

Maximizing the value of cloud-based development and testing environment

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Vaibhav Tewari, Mehul Nayak and Ritika Srivastava.

Historically, development and testing environments have been built and managed at the project level, and often remain underfunded, under-resourced and underutilized for significant periods of time. The development and testing demand and the IT infrastructure management processes differ in their DNA. Development and testing is unpredictable and has variable demand cycles while the IT managers look at smoother predictable operations, gradual capacity building and higher utilization. Despite being a crucial IT function, the inability to quickly provide the capacity needed by development and testing teams delays the application development life cycle and hampers the delivery of an application quickly and efficiently.

As the pace of change and the level of competition is growing, businesses today need agile IT environment to match the highly dynamic and resource intensive needs of the application development and testing – a business critical function. According to Gartner, cloud and mobility will drive the worldwide application development market to exceed USD 10 billion in 2013. By leveraging cloud, developers, test engineers, and QA teams can develop and perform extensive scenario testing in shorter cycles. Here’s how:...

Advantest Establishes New Subsidiary Cloud Testing Service, Inc.

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Advantest Corporation today announced that it has established a new subsidiary to conduct sales of its CloudTestingTM Service, which provides test solutions utilizing IT and cloud computing technology.

Fusing cutting-edge test technology with cloud computing, Advantest’s new CloudTestingTM Service represents a new concept in semiconductor test: on-demand test solutions tailored precisely to customer needs. The establishment of Cloud Testing Service, Inc. creates a framework for the Advantest Group to provide this new service promptly and flexibly, at a highly competitive price point. The new subsidiary was incorporated on October 1, 2012 and officially launched sales of CloudTestingTM Service today...

Mobile Application Testing Moves Rapidly to the Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Michael Vizard.

Application testing has never received the level of attention it should have. But with the advent of mobile computing application development, it quickly becomes apparent who put in the quality control time in and who didn’t.

As a result of the wave of mobile applications being built today that face external customers, IT organizations are under more pressure than ever to make sure those applications are fully vetted. Realistically, however, most IT organizations don’t have the infrastructure in place that is needed to test mobile applications at scale. As a result, the spike in application testing taking place in the cloud using services such as SOASTA is mainly driven by the need make sure mobile applications meet end-user expectations in terms of both performance and quality...

Ensuring cloud security, performance through testing

Grazed from CIOL. Author: David Schneider.

Cloud computing has become one of the most significant secular trends within technology, and we believe the outcomes are just beginning to be felt across the industry.

A recent Forrester report predicted that the global cloud computing market will grow from $40.7 billion in 2011 to $241 billion by 2020. All round savings including cost efficiency, asset optimization, lower upfront investment, flexibility, ease of maintenance in all aspects of IT’s hard and soft costs, are driving more and more businesses to adopt the cloud.

Cloud computing allows businesses to shift large chunks of budgetary excel spreadsheet from a capex to an opex model, paying only for what they use...

Netflix open sources cloud-testing Chaos Monkey

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Derrick Harris.

Netflix has a gift for anybody who needs to ensure their cloud-hosted applications keep running even if some of the virtual servers on which they’re running die. It’s called a Chaos Monkey — but don’t worry, this monkey is very tameable and is now open source.

The video rental and streaming giant is one of the world’s biggest consumer of cloud computing resources — it hosts the majority of its infrastructure on the Amazon Web Services cloud — and Netflix developed Chaos Monkey as a method for ensuring that its system is capable of healing itself or continuing to run should instances fail. “Over the last year,” Netflix cloud engineers Cory Bennett and Ariel Tseitlin wrote in a blog post announcing the open source version, “Chaos Monkey has terminated over 65,000 instances running in our production and testing environments. Most of the time nobody notices, but we continue to find surprises caused by Chaos Monkey which allows us to isolate and resolve them so they don’t happen again.”...

Advantest to Launch CloudTesting Service in Fall 2012 Cutting-Edge Test Technology on Demand

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Advantest Corporation ATE +4.90% today announced that it will launch a new test solution, dubbed CloudTesting(TM) Service (CTS), which utilizes cloud computing technology to offer cutting-edge test technology for semiconductor device R&D and design applications. CTS will be a membership service. Scheduled for roll-out in fall 2012, it will be unveiled at Advantest's corporate exhibition, ADVANTEST EXPO 2012, to be held on June 6th - 7th in Tokyo.

Over half a century of dynamic growth in the semiconductor industry, Advantest has played a key role in supporting the industry's rapid technological progress with cutting-edge test solutions. The speed of technological advance shows no signs of slackening, while device manufacturers continue to hone the efficiency of their R&D operations. Advantest's new CTS is a revolutionary new concept in test, targeted precisely to these customer needs...

QualiSystems Accelerates Cloud Infrastructure Testing

Grazed from PR NewsWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

QualiSystems announced today its TestShell enterprise software framework's compatibility for advanced testing of the cloud infrastructure, covering lab management, device provisioning and test automation. Using TestShell, cloud testers can accelerate automation and simplify the time-consuming and complex task of mimicking cloud infrastructure in the lab to assure performance and bring new services rapidly to the market.

TestShell's advanced user-friendly features allow network, storage and test engineers to easily adapt to the dynamic cloud-computing testing environment. By offering a holistic solution that requires no programming skills, it is simpler and quicker for cloud architecture, designers and testers to accomplish set-up and testing of the infrastructure. The different cloud components that must interoperate - computing, services, storage and networking - are each tested individually and in concert to assure performance, stability, security, QoE and QoS using TestShell...

Apica Sponsors, Showcases Cloud Performance Testing and Monitoring Technologies at Cloud Connect and Cloud/GOV 2012

Grazed from MarketWatch.  Author: PR Announcement.

Apica, a leading load testing and performance-monitoring provider for cloud and mobile applications, today announced its sponsorships for two significant cloud computing industry conferences being held next week, Cloud Connect and SIIA's Cloud/GOV 2012.

Apica will also be exhibiting at both conferences and provide live demonstrations of its Apica WebExcellence Suite, which includes Apica LoadTest, Apica WebPerformance and Apica WebOverload. This suite helps users test, monitor and optimize cloud applications enabling a true understanding of how cloud applications will be and are performing...

Ixia Supports European Advanced Networking Test Center In First Comprehensive Data Centre Cloud Validation

Grazed from TechZone360.  Author: PR Announcement.

Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), the leading global provider of converged IP and wireless network test solutions, today announced its participation in the first public test of a cloud infrastructure in conjunction with EANTC and Cisco. EANTC-independently led testing that showcased Cisco's expertise in providing the comprehensive end-to-end functionality required to deliver next-generation cloud data centres from application delivery through to core switching. The testing highlighted Ixia's unique ability to completely characterise a complex cloud network using several of its physical and virtualised testing solutions working together.

The success of cloud computing and the online applications it enables has brought about a new paradigm of user experience and expectations. Users now expect access to a wide range of media-rich applications and services, instantly, from any location. Virtualisation makes more efficient and flexible use of data centre resources, but increases the workload and complexity of server architecture and network infrastructure, putting new and significant demands on both resources. Add to this the security concerns and the ongoing migration to IPv6 and deploying public cloud networks can be a daunting process...