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Challenges and Benefits Of Cloud Testing

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Challenges and Benefits Of Cloud Testing

It is difficult to deny the fact that cloud technologies in general and cloud testing, in particular, have many advantages.

The latter is so crucial for businesses that companies prefer to work with the disadvantages of cloud testing as inevitable risks.

What is meant by cloud testing? What benefits does it provide? What weaknesses need to be addressed? The article below answers these questions.

Cloud testing definition

Companies may face several challenges related to application testing. The most common challenge is a limited testing budget.

Short delivery times, different geographical areas where users interact with the product, huge amounts of tests, and insufficient number (or complete absence) of real devices add complexity to the QA team workflow.

First, let’s figure out what is at the heart of cloud testing. Usually, the term is defined as a kind of application testing, when tests are executed through a third-party environment.

The environment has everything you need to run tests and allows you to ensure the product performance, functionality, scalability, and perform many other types of tests.

Testing in the cloud in most cases is beneficial for companies due to its versatility, speed, access to infrastructure 24/7, and exceptional flexibility.

Today, testing in the cloud is one of the trends, which is confirmed by studies and forecasts.

The cloud testing market was estimated at $7.68 billion in 2020. The market amount will grow to $19.46 billion by 2028, Verified Market Research predicts.

Common cloud testing types

Cloud infrastructure is much more economical and technically beneficial for the following types of tests:

Load & Performance testing

The cloud simulates a situation where hundreds of thousands of users interact with the application.

At the same time, it is possible to mimic an influx of audience both from one geographical area and from different ones.

Thus, you get analytics on how large loads affect application performance. This way you simply identify thresholds, bottlenecks, and limitations of your product.

Functional testing

Cloud infrastructure enables you to check the product’s compliance with the requirements.

The system simulates user cases, and you get an idea of how the application functions work in real-world conditions.

Compatibility testing

You can check how well the application works in a certain environment.

By the latter, we mean various types of hardware, operating systems, browsers, screen extensions, as well as various combinations of all of these parameters.

Latency testing

This type of testing helps measure the time it takes for an application to respond after any action.

Stress testing

You determine the ability of an application to maintain a certain level of performance under critical load conditions.

Cloud infrastructure allows you to create peak load simulations without the need for large investments.

By the way, to conduct this type of testing without a cloud, you need a huge amount of money.

The project budget doesn’t provide it in most cases. As a result, all of us, as users, periodically encounter situations where the applications of online stores, banks, or other services do not work correctly during promotions and sales actions.

The load on the system increases many times, and it begins to freeze or fail.

Security testing

Poorly conducted security testing gives loopholes for cybercriminals. They use weaknesses in the application’s security to use customers’ and company data in various fraudulent schemes.

The goal of any software manufacturer is to minimize any possibility of a successful attack on an application.

Cloud security testing enables security-as-a-service providers to perform application testing in the cloud for various types of vulnerabilities.

Why cloud testing is beneficial

Creating the necessary infrastructure for testing costs a lot of money.

A re-creation of required environments for testing adds expenses. Fortunately, cloud testing offers ready-made and flexible solutions for companies.

But let’s look at all the strengths of testing in the cloud:

Budget savings. The cost of cloud tools is lower than the cost of building and maintaining an internal infrastructure.

Most cloud testing providers use a pay-per-use model. Thus, there is no need to pay for the tool when its capacity is not being used.

Accelerated delivery time. This benefit comes from several cloud capabilities.

First of all, it is the ability to quickly and without delay get the necessary environment for testing. Secondly, this is the ability to run tests in parallel through a remote Selenium Grid cloud.

Automation testing platform allows you to run 1000+ threads at the same time and provides results within 15 minutes.

Availability of hardware and software 24/7. This streamlines all processes in distributed teams and allows them to perform the necessary tests at any time.

Opportunity of using a cloud device farm. A device farm helps you to test an application against various models of various devices, where the brand, firmware, versions of operating systems, browsers, etc. differ.

Creating and maintaining your device farm is very expensive. The cloud enables remote access to any device. After the tests, you pay only for the time you use each device.

High test coverage. Many tests are often not performed due to high labor costs and/or lack of necessary infrastructure.

As a result, this leads to poor quality of the application. Using cloud testing, you perform all the necessary tests under time and budget constraints.

Two key challenges

Cloud testing doesn’t have many disadvantages. Otherwise, it could not become so popular. All downsides are related in one way or another to two key challenges:

Data security. Probably this is the main issue of cloud testing.

Cloud applications are multi-user in nature, so there is always the risk of data theft.

Dependence on a third-party environment. This means that the environment will be updated and changed, and the QA team will have to adapt to this every time.

In addition, the provider may have technical problems, and you will find yourself in forced downtime.

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