Cloud testing is a latest and most advanced form of software testing where the performance, compatibility and various reliability factors of web applications are tested in an environment where you are able to access your data and programs over the internet instead of using your computer’s hard drive. In other words, it uses the phenomenon of cloud computing, in which the cloud is just a metaphor for the internet and which as a whole brings forward the concept of testing one’s applications outside of the computer’s hard drive and by using the internet.

Now you might be thinking why cloud testing can possibly be important? In order to ensure that the developed application is working and performing as required, one needs to test it inside as well as outside one’s data center, only then will it be completely ensured that the application is providing high-quality service delivery and is not disrupted. For this tryout purpose, the traditional approaches of simulating user activity from different geographical regions incur high costs as they involve many procedures and expenditures. Conversely, the use of cloud testing reduces the performance time that is generally needed for the testing of large applications and thus leads to a cost effective solution. In short, time and budget are the two major constraints on any software project and using the cloud can save on both.

Now you might be thinking why cloud testing can possibly be important? In order to ensure that the developed application is working and performing as required, one needs to test it inside as well as outside one’s data center, only then will it be completely ensured that the application is providing high-quality service delivery and is not disrupted. For this tryout purpose, the traditional approaches of simulating user activity from different geographical regions incur high costs as they involve many procedures and expenditures. Conversely, the use of cloud testing reduces the performance time that is generally needed for the testing of large applications and thus leads to a cost effective solution. In short, time and budget are the two major constraints on any software project and using the cloud can save on both.

The cloud testing software employs a range of tests for ensuring the reliability and validity of the internet as well as non-internet applications being tested. Through its various tests, it ensures that the application is able to maintain a certain level of effectiveness and stability even when working under excessive stress. Further by creating heavy user traffic the responses of the application are measured, as a result of which the need for tuning the performance to meet the certain standards becomes clear. For determining whether the application is able to perform effectively under a particular workload, the cloud testing software simulates thousands of geographically targeted users by varying the nature of the traffic. Furthermore with the help of cloud testing, one is able to test the functionality, scalability and browser compatibility of the respective application.

In short, the cloud allows you to test websites and web applications across multiple browsers and geographical areas by stress testing them, simulating traffic and testing in scenarios that are otherwise difficult and costly to replicate in physical testing environment.