DevOps testing and its nuances
Traditionally, the development and operations departments have completely different motivations and deliverables. While developments keep changing with time, operations try to keep things static in order to provide maximum availability and stability of software services. A complex process, as it seems, DevOps plays a major role in bringing both the entities together.
What is DevOps?
Process methodologies, which include Extreme Programming, Agile, Lean, Six Sigma, and others, have been promising higher quality and faster time to market. And, they have delivered too. DevOps means there are no barriers between Development and Operations since they are seamlessly integrated into a single, value delivering, IT entity. In other words, DevOps means that everyone, from Jr Analyst to Mid Dev to Director of IT, is responsible and accountable for the product from inception to the end result.
The software should be easily deployable and there should not be any delay in the same and that is exactly what DevOps does. Although a lot of automation is required in the process, it is dangerous to focus only on the tools.
It helps clients to:
- Speed up the production cycle for the release of the application
- Obtain and sustain continuous feedback and improvement across the software lifecycle
- Reduce the time to market through streamlined testing and continuous delivery
- Improve the utilization of resources and efficiency
- Create an environment of:
- Collaborative Development (the increased collaboration between teams and cultural shift for better collaboration)
- Continuous Release and Deployment (for faster time to market and frequency in response to business changes)
- Continuous Testing (integration of automated software testing with deployment and operations that improve code quality)
- Continuous monitoring (that helps improve quality by monitoring performance)
DevOps Testing Services for continuous delivery
The adoption of the DevOps culture and the tools and practices that comprise DevOps is being driven by the need for continuous collaboration and delivery.
- A greater need for simultaneous deployment across different platforms
- Business pressures to release apps more quickly into production
- The need for greater collaboration between development and operations teams
- The increasing need to develop or deploy cloud-based applications
- An increasingly complex IT infrastructure that is part physical, part virtualized, and part cloud
DevOps QA Testing
Continuous testing is the key driver for DevOps initiatives to yield desired outcomes. This calls for specialists who understand the nuances of continuous testing through effective end-to-end automation, leading to Quality and Speed. DevOps QA testing helps an organization in developing a seamless production environment, armed with continuous feedback made possible through continuous testing.
Top DevOps testing tools
Some of the most popular DevOps testing tools include:
Continuous Processes in DevOps
These are the four primary continuous processes in DevOps:
- Continuous Integration
- Continuous Delivery
- Continuous Testing
- Continuous Monitoring
It is to be noted here that in DevOps, the testing process is not at the end of the testing cycle but is now integrated at the beginning of the process. Testing teams have an important role to align their test designs, test automation, and test case development with DevOps. This will not only verify that the code changes work but will also ensure that the changes do not break the product.
Resourced by QualiTest Group a Software Testing Service Company