With an increasing range of businesses moving their applications and data to the cloud, it is now necessary to have in place a testing strategy that allows them to fully leverage the benefits of the cloud technologies. But, different from testing on-prem applications, cloud application testing comes with a different set of complexities.
WHAT IS CLOUD APPLICATION TESTING?
First we need to establish what we are talking about, when we say Cloud Application Testing. Cloud testing is a Software Testing type that checks any of the three models of Cloud Computing services: SaaS (Software as a service), PaaS (Platform as a service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a service).
Cloud Application Testing Challenges
QA and Testing leaders must remember that although testing cloud applications has a few similarities in its approach to traditional testing, testing a cloud environment is quite more challenging. Here are a few reasons why:
- Delivery Rate. Cloud products are delivered at a much faster rate, thus requiring constant Quality Assurance activities.
- Data Security. One of the main concerns about the Cloud is having your data hosted on the Cloud and the constant risk of data theft. Security should be a constant goal for testing.
- Performance Related Issues: The performance of Cloud applications depends on the network bandwidth. As Cloud applications continue to demand a lot of bandwidth, this can negatively impact the execution and delivery of complex applications.
- Integration Related Concerns: Some applications in production need to integrate / connect with other Cloud applications, which could be on-premise. These integrations need to be constantly tested, considering the recurring Cloud applications updates.
- Continuous Delivery: With smaller features released more frequently, Quality Assurance needs to adapt/adopt/collaborate with Continuous Integration techniques.
- Development Technology Stack: Onset of frequent updates to development technology stack and the need for constant reskilling of resources makes it mandatory for Quality Assurance to adapt and revisit testing strategies and methods
- Simulating live upgrade testing: Cloud testing needs to make sure that live upgrades ensure don’t impact any of the existing SaaS users that are connected.
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