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Discover Four Key Benefits with Virtualization in Software Testing

Posted by Indusa Admin on February 11, 2016 1:00 pm

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Ensuring business-critical data and applications are up and running at all times is paramount to business, making software testing an essential element of the software development process. While on-premises testing is widespread around the world, it requires dedicated infrastructure and tools to ensure the availability, security, and performance of applications. With business applications soaring in quantity and complexity causing growing data volumes, a sufficient amount of time and money can be required to ensure top-quality software is offered upon your release or go-live

Virtualization in Software Testing

As you are aware, virtualization and cloud adoption is gaining extensive momentum in mainstream IT, and the benefits are evident – increased efficiency, low cost, improved flexibility, and high availability. IDC predicts that cloud IT infrastructure spending will reach $54.6 billion by 2019, suggesting massive adoption of new technologies and the trend shifting towards service virtualization, specialized testing, automation, and testing in agile development. Needless to say, using virtualization technology, you can now deliver near-zero planned and unplanned downtime by replicating data, applications, and servers to any platform in real time. With virtualization in testing, here are four key benefits that you can expect:

  • Flexible Workload:

    Imagine if you could test the final version of your software or app before it is actually built? Imagine if you could instantly create a virtual environment for your clients and partners specific to their needs? Well, with virtualization, you can optimize your testing processes by utilizing tools and infrastructure based on unique business requirements. Since several virtual systems on a single physical machine considerably increase the IT infrastructure flexibility and the efficiency of hardware usage, you can eliminate the need for upfront capital expenditures and in-house testing facilities, facilitating lower costs, higher flexibility, and greater levels of efficiency through virtualization testing. Enjoy absolute workload protection along with simplified administration and non-disruptive mobility for all your virtual servers.

  • High Availability:

    In standard testing environments, procuring hardware and software infrastructure to fulfil testing requirements can make any budget sky rocket. In such situations, virtualization testing comes to your rescue by providing a similar infrastructure with 24×7 availability. Since virtualization solutions comprise a combination of high availability, disaster recovery, and migration solutions, you can experience end-to-end data protection options for your physical, virtual, or cloud servers. No matter how big or small your business is, with virtualization testing, you can take advantage of full-scale protection with near-zero downtime migrations, at an affordable cost.

  • Massive Scalability:

    Virtualized testing allows you to easily scale up or scale down testing resources, based on your distinct business requirements. You can test applications against the actual number of users, and obtain realistic testing scenarios. Being hardware agnostic in nature, virtualized testing solutions increase the return on your investment by optimizing existing infrastructure and scaling with whatever you build in the future

  • Disaster Recovery:

    How can you ensure 24×7 availability of servers and applications to your customers if you do not have a strong disaster recovery plan in place? Virtualization in testing keeps you covered in an emergency, as it allows you to offer agentless or agent based protection for the recovery of any critical IT environment. With agentless protection, you can protect multiple hypervisor-compatible guests, ensuring centralized, OS-independent protection for the majority of OSes in the environment. Using agent-based solutions, you can enable cross-hypervisor and cross-cloud replication, failover, recovery, and migration thereby getting visibility into the health of your applications

Maximize Benefits

Virtualization in software testing enables you to considerably reduce man-hours, improve resource productivity, and deploy higher-quality software in shorter time frames, thus increasing the efficiency of your testing process. With virtualization testing you can:

  • Create unlimited configurations on user machines and choose the most suitable one at each stage
  • Experiment with potentially incompatible applications
  • Get access to complete test environments anytime, anywhere and perform various types of end-to-end testing with distinct user profiles
  • Easily port to other hardware and enjoy independence from the hardware platform
  • Seamlessly create essential backups and ensure all your data is intact without worrying about recovery in the event of a system failure
  • Use virtual components instead of production servers, and carry out frequent and comprehensive testing, even when key components are missing from your system architecture.
  • Eliminate key bottlenecks that would otherwise delay production and time-to-market for applications under test by emulating the behavior of essential components
  • Clone machines easily; all changes made in one machine can be viewed in the cloned machine and vice-versa
  • Effortlessly find and rectify a bug; simply save the state, bug location, and continue testing the rest of the system, without fearing damage to the testing environment
  • Work in parallel with your development team

Save Huge Costs

Virtualization testing solutions allow for huge costs savings on procuring physical infrastructure by using test environments based on business essentials. It enables you to achieve economies of scale, as you pay only for the hardware, software, and tools that you actually use. As customer demands keep changing, you can replicate the environment and discover defects early in the testing lifecycle, ultimately improving quality. By combining virtualization, real-time data replication, and application availability, you can offer advanced protection for both data and applications, reducing cost and complexity while increasing the resilience of the recovery infrastructure round-the-clock.

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About the Author -Ahesanali Vijapura

Ahesanali Vijapura is a highly professional Senior Project Manager (QA Services) at Indusa. He has vast experience in managing manual and automation test teams, onsite as well as offsite. He is an expert when it comes to software testing in various environments, server/client testing management and integration of multidisciplinary software and hardware systems.


Contributing Writer: Neha Kumar