Business operations today require remote, decentralized access. Cloud computing technology allows for the delivery and storage of data and computing services over the internet, providing on-demand availability of computing resources. The primary goal of cloud computing is to give multiple users access to data centers at any time. Cloud providers have made it easier for businesses to use cloud storage solutions with greater security procedures.
Organizations choose cloud computing services because of their potential to save costs and the freedom they provide to use the services as a pay-as-you-use model. There are three types of cloud available: Public cloud, open to the public; private cloud, fully managed under data privacy terms; and hybrid cloud, a combination of features from both public and private cloud.
Cloud testing is a type of software testing where applications are tested using cloud computing services. It involves testing software for both functional and non-functional requirements using on-demand access to cloud-based tools and infrastructure.
Earlier, servers and data storage were maintained in business premises, leading to increased risks of data loss and security threats. Cloud testing platforms accelerate test cycles by automating the provisioning of test environments and infrastructure, allowing for on-demand testing from any location.
Cloud-based testing platforms foster cross-functional collaboration through centralized tracking, helping managers assess a team member’s contribution over time.
Cloud solutions deliver key functionality to users through three primary access models: Software as a service (SaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a service (IaaS). There are three main types of cloud testing conducted to verify application quality: Functional testing, Non-functional testing, and Specific testing of cloud applications.
While cloud testing provides several efficiencies, some key obstacles teams encounter with this model include setting up the test environment, diversified components testing, security and privacy concerns, compliance, integration testing with multiple parts of the application, and performance issues.
Software development practices benefit from productivity, scalability, and flexibility via test automation. Cloud-based test automation empowers testers to execute automation tests in a remote environment and execute test scripts in parallel with low effort, supporting Agile development and DevOps principles.