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A recent survey asking software developers, testers, and performance test engineers a series of questions about their access to test environments found that:
Why are so many organizations taking their chances with quality rather than providing unconstrained access to the environments required for effective testing? One key factor could be the exorbitant costs and complexity traditionally associated with today’s test environment.
Attempting to resolve test environment access constraints by building out a staged test environment or virtual test lab can be extraordinarily expensive. In many situations, building such an environment with staged application instances and virtual test labs can be technically impossible—for example, when the dependent application is a third-party application, a complex system (like a mainframe) hosted by another division, or an application beyond the “geo-political” boundaries of the group executing the tests. And even when building a “complete” test environment is feasible, configuring and maintaining all the dependent applications involves a high ongoing operational cost.
Service virtualization poses a more efficient and cost-effective approach to resolving test access constraints in situations where a dependent application is difficult to access and/or configure for dev/test purposes.
Service virtualization provides 24/7 access to the dependent application behavior that is required for development and testing. In addition to eliminating the access constraints that impede testing, it also significantly reduces the CapEx and OpEx associated with establishing, configuring, and maintaining test environments. Organizations leveraging service virtualization are able to conduct testing earlier, faster, more thoroughly, and more accurately—significantly reducing the risk of application failure.
Across industries, service virtualization accelerates inter-application testing:
Service virtualization helps development and QA teams access the complete, realistic test environments needed to develop or test an application—anytime, anywhere. The biggest roadblock to efficient continuous testing is access to complete, realistic test environments required to test meaningful transactions. By replacing unavailable dependencies with easily accessible and configurable “virtual assets”, service virtualization allows teams to start testing earlier, test more completely, and test continuously.
Service virtualization provides clear benefits:
These benefits reduce the overall burden on testers to setup, run and diagnose application tests while increasing test coverage and allowing testing to be done sooner, more comprehensively.
Parasoft’s industry-leading automated software testing tools support the entire software development process, from when the developer writes the first line of code all the way through unit and functional testing, to performance and security testing, leveraging simulated test environments along the way.