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Test environments in the cloud

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on July 15, 2009

From Mid Market CIO news

However, a test environment in the cloud is not for everyone. Some cloud providers limit the types of configurations, servers or storage they support, such that they won’t mirror a customer’s real-world production environment.

“The cloud [test environment] doesn’t reflect production environments –applications run on specific [physical] servers, specific virtualization technology, specific networking and bandwidth, and that is hard to replicate,” said James Staten, an analyst at Cambridge-Mass.-based Forrester Research.

On the virtualization side, some cloud providers offer only a vanilla virtualization test environment. “Even in a virtual test environment, you want it to look just like production to see how it behaves,” Staten said. “So there will be cases when preproduction level testing still has to be done in-house.”

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