Taking a Hybrid Approach to Application Testing

Michael Vizard

As application testing increasingly moves into the cloud, the question that arises is how to manage the overall application testing process.

We're likely to see hybrid approaches where some application testing, just like development, is done on premise while other portions are tested in the cloud.

Micro Focus is trying to pioneer a hybrid approach to application testing with the release of SilkPerformer CloudBurst, a set of application-testing services in the cloud that can be easily managed alongside on-premise testing efforts using a common controller framework.

In the rush to embrace cloud computing for application testing, many vendors have overlooked the practical reality of a hybrid approach to application testing, said Steve Dykstra, Micro Focus product marketing director for Silk Automated Software Quality solutions. From the perspective of Micro Focus, it's up to the customer to decide which elements of an application are best tested on premise or in the cloud.

Dykstra also said that when it comes to evaluating application testing services in the cloud, IT organizations would be well advised to ask questions about how many virtual users can they actually simulate using any given cloud computing service. The issue, said Dykstra, is making sure they have access to a cloud computing service that can replicate the scalability requirements that any given application might encounter.

Like the applications themselves, software as we know it is going to run in hybrid scenarios for years to come. Given that, it probably makes sense that application testing environments reflect actual application scenarios as closely as possible.

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