Efficiency by Design: Smart AWS Testing Solutions to Power your Dev Workflows

Efficiency by Design: Smart AWS Testing Solutions to Power your Dev Workflows

In the midst of the growing importance of DevOps on cloud, the entire SDLC is getting shifted to the cloud platform. Hence, that means code testing also across the phases: code build, integration, delivery, and production. The main aim of cloud testing is to verify an application’s performance and stability using cloud computing that offers more scalability, flexibility, and automation thereby reducing manual intervention and accelerating go-to-market timelines. The cloud enables developers to test functional and non-functional features of the software in less time and with fewer resources.

Enterprises that work with AWS have two primary options: native AWS testing tools or AWS certified third-party platforms. In this article, we will focus on AWS testing services and sneak peek three tools for Quality Assurance.

What AWS Testing Tools and Services are Available?

Let’s dig deeper into three main AWS testing services, their crucial features, and benefits.

AWS Inspector — Security testing tool

Amazon Inspector is at the top of the AWS automated testing tools list as it identifies security loopholes in the deployment phase. Evaluating and prioritizing the identified vulnerabilities, AWS Inspector generates automatic reports with explicit data about the findings and corresponding security measures. This Amazon Web testing service provides an easy-to-understand overview of the potential bottlenecks and weaknesses that need to be addressed as early as possible.

Why Amazon Inspector?

  • Automating detection of security issues
    Amazon Web Services has a set of security standards and best practices that act as benchmarks for applications. AWS Inspector tool checks the system for hidden vulnerabilities in both pre- and post-deployment phases and compiles all the findings in a concise report. The earlier you detect a potential security issue, the less money would be spent on fixing it.
  • Adopting DevSecOps

    To ensure the ultimate level of security, you are required to integrate health checks into your workflow, and DevOps is the best method of achieving this goal. Amazon Inspector is one of the AWS tools for testers that is delivered as a service that facilitates a simpler adoption into the existing DevOps process. DevSecOps extends DevOps with QA and entails continuous communication among operational teams, developers, and testers.

    Besides ensuring ongoing collaboration between developers and operations, security DevOps delivers automated vulnerability assessments, making QA an integral part of the development and deployment processes.

  • Accessing to the AWS security expertise

    Amazon security and testing providers aim to deliver an extensive knowledge base and best practices to ensure a secure cloud. By continuously assessing and updating their rules and guidelines and creating new AWS tools for testing, Amazon simplifies the adoption of security measures in the cloud. Amazon delivers its top-notch security expertise in the form of a service that is easy to employ and use.

  • Ensuring security compliance
    The costs of non-compliance, especially when it comes to security, can be devastatingly high. Amazon Inspector provides transparency and visibility to the security testing and gives easy access to auditors. AWS guarantees a successful audit by creating transparent processes and thorough documentation that shows compliance with standards. Furthermore, you can define and enforce your security standards that are crucial for your organization and industry.

AWS Device Farm — Automated testing tool

Device Farm is another automated AWS testing tool that enables mass testing across different devices. Rather than creating a complex testing infrastructure with multiple browsers and devices, your organization can use these AWS services for testers and build automated test cases. The service allows you to execute your tests concurrently on various devices and browsers and immediately receive test results and logs to identify issues.

Why AWS Device Farm?

  • Test with real devices instead of emulators
    AWS testing tools and services enable testing with real devices instead of emulators that can be highly inaccurate. AWS Device Farm connects you to real devices, thus giving you a deeper understanding of the application performance. Amazon constantly extends the list of the available devices that allows you to incorporate devices’ native features like memory, CPU usage, and other specifics into their test scenarios.
  • Approximate the real-world surroundings
    AWS Device Farm allows you to adjust various settings like location, network connection, language, etc., and even install other applications on the devices to simulate a realistic customer environment.

  • Customize your tests
    AWS environment offers customization tools from open-source frameworks like Appium and Espresso that unlock special test cases that are significant to your application.

  • Build your private device lab
    You can create your own device lab with iOS or Android devices that will be exclusive to your project. AWS Device Farm lets you set the needed configurations and leave them untouched between the testing sessions. This way, you will not be queued to gain access to the devices; on the contrary, they will be available to you at any time.

  • Run tests on desktop browsers
    AWS Device Farm also offers to execute tests on multiple desktop browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer to evaluate the performance across the browser environments. Moreover, you can run various tests simultaneously, thus saving money due to Amazon’s pay-as-you-go pricing model.

AWS Fault Injection Simulator — Infrastructure testing tool

Now, it’s the right time to talk about Fault Injection Simulator. Created for running fault injection experiments, this testing service helps you drive up the performance and stability of your application.

But what is fault injection? It is a technique widely used in testing that checks how the system will behave in a stressful and out-of-the-ordinary situation. Fault injections are achieved by creating and running a disrupting scenario that will put the application under stress, such as a rapid spike in user traffic or memory consumption. The created real-world conditions help you uncover hidden bottlenecks that have gone unnoticed with other testing types.

Fault injection provides testers with ready-made templates that cause the desired disruptions and guarantee the results. The automation that Amazon testing tools deliver allows QA teams to delegate some monitoring tasks as the service provides automatic rollbacks in case of failure. On top of that, testers can generate overlapping scenarios when several disruptions occur simultaneously to simulate real-world messiness and make sure the application is bullet-proof.

Why AWS Fault Injection Simulator?

  • Identify performance bottlenecks
    Amazon Fault Injection service enables verifying your system’s performance, resilience, and visibility through various methods of stressing an application via disruptive events. What traditional test management tools could miss will be uncovered with fault injection scenarios and fixed before deployment takes place.
  • Define the conditions of the experiment
    Your cloud QA testers can define the breaking points that embody the conditions for experiment interruption. When the predefined conditions are met, the fault injection experiment stops, and the system rolls back to the pre-experiment state.

  • Start fast and easy with the short learning curve
    AWS tools and services for testers and QA specialists are easy to grasp as they come with predefined templates. Even if you are new to fault injection testing, you will be able to perform the tests by adopting the pre-written structure of the experiment process.

  • Simulate real-world conditions
    Typically, it is tough to generate close to reality conditions, but Fault Injection Simulator helps you approximate them. You can tweak the performance of several resources at the same time in the production environment to objectively assess the application behavior.

Re-hashing the advantages: Why Build your DevOps practice on the AWS Cloud?

AWS native technologies empower organizations to build, design, test, deliver, and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments such as public, private, hybrid, and multi cloud ecosystems articulated via the AWS cloud.

  • Find solutions 46% faster
    Find the market-leading tools you need to orchestrate your ideal DevOps toolchain.
  • Adopt new tools 53% faster
    Try leading-edge developer tools and simplify procurement with integrated AWS billing.

  • Deploy your way, 48% faster
    Deploy DevOps solutions with methods that best fit your use-case using containers, SaaS, AMIs, APIs, CloudFormation Templates, and more.

  • Trust AWS interoperable technologies
    Count on tools that are designed for AWS interoperability and are regularly scanned for security vulnerabilities.

Why Trust Cloud4C to implement your DevOps architecture on AWS Cloud?

Testing is a vital part of any software development process, remaining an ongoing task even after the release. The modern tools and techniques of application validation powered by AWS cloud solutions can simplify the testing process, shorten time-to-market, keep money in the budget, and enhance the quality of the product. If it sounds enticing, also consider this: deploying and implementing a DevOps environment on the AWS cloud or any cloud for that matter is no simple feat. Efficient transformations require equally effective Managed Services Partners and that’s where Cloud4C comes into play.

As the world’s leading application-focused Cloud MSP and an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, Cloud4C helps charter and redefine your DevOps workflows on the Amazon Cloud with ease. Our experts help architect a tailored DevOps environment on the cloud augmented with modernized platforms to speed up your development processes. Integrate the right stack of code compiling, testing, security, delivery, and live simulation tools from the AWS cloud to bolster efficiency and go-to-market timelines. Integrate security by design with DevSecOps including proprietary solutions, contemporary third-party tools. Deploy automation with CI-CD pipelines across the stack. Make it unprecedentedly easy to push software updates, upgrade repositories, and deploy tested codes to the market. With DevOps migrated on AWS and end-to-end managed by Cloud4C, roll out innovative services faster via a hyper agile development environment at action underneath.

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