With the ever-increasing amounts of data in every business infrastructure, issues related to space can only be solved through cloud technology. Cloud services are taking Information Technology to the next level with the gift of accessibility, security, room for memory, and so much more. In our everyday lives, cloud technology has already become an integrated part, especially of our online presence.
Whether it is related to handling your bank accounts while you are on the go, or updating your apps according to a schedule that is feasible to you, or even updating your status on social media websites while you are on your daily commute, all of these involve cloud technology. Thus, enterprises are incorporating it into their manufacturing and functional procedures to reap benefits like higher rates of efficiency, adaptability, risk management and recovery, accessibility and a better collaborative environment. As a surplus, it also makes the work environment more sustainable in terms of being eco-friendlier.
In Cloud testing, there are two principal aspects, namely Functional Testing and Non-Functional Testing. While the former ensures business requirements, the latter makes sure that the quality of the entire process is taken care of. Now, when it comes to testing in the cloud environment, the perks are many, undoubtedly. However, to achieve them, one must handle a few challenges that come along with cloud testing. Some of the most prevalent issues while testing in the cloud environment includes:
Concerns with security:
While on the one hand, the cloud environment provides enterprises with a reliable backup, a powerful tool of disaster recovery, on the other hand, most users of the Cloud have reported issues with security as their primary concern amongst the whole cloud environment. This is especially so since much data is outsourced. If you store all your data on Cloud, it can at certain instances potentially lead to risks involving the integrity of the data and service availability. So, while the tester must run the tests on the internet, there is much risk involved in terms of data leaking.
Estimation of ROI:
Even though theoretically, a cloud environment ensures a higher ROI, business owners are still skeptical over how feasible it is, practically as well as commercially. However, this is a challenge that can be handled by mapping a Cloud environment that coincides with the objectives of the enterprise.
Level of Service:
Certain factors prove to be issues of concern for enterprises when it comes to shifting to Cloud services, which include accessibility, availability, performance, and measurability. Since a considerable amount of the services on the Cloud are provided by third-party outsourcing, these concerns often prevent enterprises from shifting their business-heavy data on Cloud. Proper software testing of the cloud environment can, however, address this issue, as it can validate each of these issues and assure excellent quality of service.
Insufficient Network Strength:
The network bandwidth provided by a lot of the cloud services has often proven to be insufficient for the bandwidth-intensive cloud applications. This also effectively hinders smooth execution or delivery. Since cloud testing involves server performance, network strength, and an online database, these risks of loss of connection or crashes in the application are to be considered in advance.
Replication of the User Environment:
It is always a difficult task for the tester to create an environment that is supposed to replicate a user-controlled environment to run the tests on the applications.
Issues with Integrated Testing:
Integrated testing involves running tests on databases, the server, the network, and the available, different cloud applications. When conducting software testing of the applications that are hosted on the Cloud, testing experts do not have much control over the environment. This situation further gets worse when the different components have any interaction between them.
These challenges that exist, also do have some solutions that can be followed. There are solutions like cloud management tools that assist testing teams to not only track the outcome of their tests in real time but also minimize the time involved in the whole process. Such tools also help to communicate better within teams to ensure a set of clear and specific priorities in terms of every single project.