Why cloud testing is not a trivial matter
Quality assurance - or QA - is undergoing fundamental change. But rather than being taken by surprise by the evolution of technology, processes and business requirements, leading testing organizations are working hard to remain ahead of the curve.
This is the rationale behind quality engineering, which shifts the emphasis of testing methodology to high-quality product development.
As service providers and large IT companies increasingly migrate their traditional on-premise systems to the cloud (especially systems of engagement), the issue of choosing a vendor who can ensure seamless operations of systems is becoming increasingly relevant.
Selecting a cloud vendor is a proposition that requires due diligence. Central to this is the ability to evaluate the solution, architecture and configuration they offer. It also requires an understanding that no cloud migration can ultimately succeed in the absence of testing E2E business processes and new cloud capabilities (which allows the business operator to achieve higher performance scale).
Thirdly, the chosen vendor must be able to address all the main challenges you will face when moving to cloud-based operations:
- Security on the cloud infrastructure
- Application performance
- Unsupported configurations
- Applications transform to microservices
- Data migration from one cloud provider to another
So what’s in cloud testing?
With these challenges in mind, let’s now distinguish between the two types of cloud testing:
- Cloud infrastructure (solution, architecture, configuration, setup, installation)
- Cloud application and E2E solution testing
Now, consider the three different forms of cloud testing:
- Testing within a cloud
- Testing across the cloud
- Migrating to cloud
And if that’s not enough, here are the three types of cloud solutions:
- Hybrid (most common)
From the above, it’s clear that with its different forms, challenges and techniques, cloud testing is far from a trivial matter. Moreover, it explains why formulating the optimum approach to cloud testing is a science that requires a wealth of knowledge, expertise and field experience.
We believe that such an approach needs to begin with the traditional (on-premise) testing we used in the past. Then, the real added value comes in the ability to enhance each practice and update it to meet the new cloud solution requirements.
With cloud services here to stay, an end-to-end cloud testing solution represents the cornerstone of the quest to increase cost-effectiveness, accessibility and automation. For service providers and others who rely on a robust testing regime to maintain their differentiation, it takes a solid quality engineering cloud solution provided by an experienced vendor such as Amdocs, to ensure your business has what it takes to achieve its goals.