Using on-premise performance testing software needs a substantial investment of finances and time. It is no longer a viable option for delivery of the required performance needed to compete in the current market. Cloud-based performance testing is a cost effective solution that tests across platforms without wasting time and requires minimal workforce. However, before investing in cloud performance test tools, there are some tips you should consider.
Recognize the Challenges and Risks
There is a significant risk to security when moving the infrastructure of your organization to cloud-based performance testing. The way you access your internal applications and data using firewall or VPN will need configuration to protect any sensitive data. You should also be well-informed if the interoperability your application requires will expose you to any other security breaches.
Choose the Right Services
There exists three varieties of cloud services: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). IaaS provides the network stack, server and disk. The organization need not provide many virtual and physical machines when using IaaS. PaaS supports the runtime of your platform in addition to any related applications. The cloud service provider is in charge of managing all operational and hardware aspects. In SaaS, the vendor will rent out the whole application to you.
Understand the Consequences of Using Public Cloud Providers
Although you might spend more money on a private cloud, you get control and security. You have less control and compromised safety in a public cloud. Public cloud services will be useful if your services are not running completely in it. It is important to have a good understanding of your service level agreement (SLA). The document defines responsibilities of your organization as the client and your vendor’s responsibilities. A public cloud provider will allow less flexibility with the SLA terms compared to a private vendor. Consider your options from business cloud providers and choose one that will suit your needs.