Just as there are many types of businesses, there are nearly as many kinds of testing environments designed to fit these organizations and address their software development testing needs. However, there are only a few options for where these platforms will be located, and it will be important for quality assurance teams to ensure that their option meets their testing and defect management requirements. Even as testing needs shift, numerous teams are still turning to private servers for their testing environments.
How Many Utilize Servers?
With the evolution of the cloud, it may come as a surprise to some that there are so many businesses still using dedicated servers. In fact, according to Zephyr's annual How The World Tests Report, nearly half of respondents host their test environments in their private servers, while 36 percent chose a mix of cloud and hardware solutions. The question, then, is what conditions do these organizations have and why are private servers so essential to their workflows?
Part of the reason could lie in who is managing the test environment and what types of skills they have. Zephyr's report noted that although QA teams handle these platforms one-third of the time, businesses may have other individuals take on these responsibilities. For example, 39 percent of respondents have an individual contributor handle the test environments, while 24 percent utilize a manager for these tasks.
Breaking into the Cloud
Although a majority are still utilizing private servers, a growing number of businesses are also pursuing cloud options either as an additional resource or the main platform for their test environment. TechTarget contributor Brian Kirsch noted that although the hardware may be good for now, it will fail in the long term. When that happens, it will be important to have a backup plan in place to continue working. For this reason, the teams that have a hybrid approach are already ahead of the curve and are on their way to better efficiency and a solution that directly fits their needs.
QA may be interested in migrating their testing needs to the cloud, but it's not always viable to move everything at once. With a mix of server and cloud environments, teams can move their processes at their own pace and learn how to utilize both solutions effectively. TechTarget's Alyssa Wood noted that virtual testing environments are safe and cost-effective and can seamlessly integrate associated resources for better quality projects. Organizations will need to ensure that any remote workers have the hardware available to work with the virtual testing environment and are given proper training to leverage it for expected results.
When integrating current systems with the cloud, it'll be essential to have test management tools that will bridge the gap. These resources will capture test needs across both environments, ensuring that QA has the most relevant information at hand. Solutions that operate with each platform will also make transitioning much easier and provide collaboration opportunities.