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Comparing traditional tests with Cloud testing

Jun 14

Once upon a time all software and website testing were done internally by the development company, or perhaps outsourced to a company specializing in software testing. But at present the development of the “Cloud”, as an alternative, has led to software for websites and web applications being tested in this environment. Cloud computing relies on the sharing of resources among users, creating an internet- based network.

Web load testing using the Cloud has recently begun to grow in popularity. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, it is much cheaper for the client to use Cloud resources than have web load testing carried out by the in-house testing team. This is largely because there is no need to invest in all of the necessary hardware and license costs for the software. In addition, it can reduce staffing costs as it is all done over the internet, not in the office.

Website testing by cloud computing gives on-demand testing, that has low maintenance costs as you only pay for the time when your test is running. It gives real time reports, so you can view instantly how your website performs under the expected normal load and the predicted peak load.

When the website is for a global company, then you may search the reports according to geographical locations and load particularly useful. It can also find how the web load is affected when several internet browsers are utilized; Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome might all cause different loads to be placed on the server.

Like everything else it also has some failings to relying on the Cloud network for all of your web load testing. The application to be tested must exists on the internet; otherwise the network will be unable to use it. This means that your unimplemented website must be made available for people to use before it is fully ready. This enables your possible customers to use it, and can result in dissatisfaction and a possible loss of revenue if it does not works correctly. Some test scenarios might also need to be customized to function correctly in the Cloud.

However, you perhaps won’t like to cancel your in-house testing team just yet. Unlike the Cloud, they are not only capable to test websites and web-based applications, but all piece of software you make. They are capable to perform tests for all scenarios. It is very costly, but also more convenient.

Lucy Truce is a widely respected author who often writes articles on StressTester software and a wide range of other subjects.

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