As depicted in figure 2, test environment setup is optimized further by leveraging containerization, which is an alternative to machine virtualization. Container technology is simpler and faster as it abstracts the application and platform in easy-to-use, re-usable and manageable containers.
However, before taking the advantage of container-based test environments, a significant amount of refactoring is required for the applications in test environment. Container orchestration tools such as Kubernetes are emerging rapidly to manage the clusters efficiently. These Kubernetes clusters eliminate lengthy deployment processes and improves the environment readiness by on-demand provisioning, scaling, and patching with CLI interface.
More and more network, storage and security features are evolving to ensure higher efficiency and security.
Fully automated environment management
In the current DevOps world, test environments are built, and live fast, most of the times, die fast as well. Continuous deployments and continuous monitoring helps the testing team to achieve higher availability of the environments, thereby ensuring higher test coverage. With minimal manual intervention, these test environments can be made auto-scalable and ready to meet the ad-hoc demands.
All the assets information and the relationship is available at a single place so that the environment team can control the assets and environments efficiently. Using this information, environment maps can be easily defined and reused to move assets from one virtual environment to other.
Once the environment usage is over, a complete backup will be provided to the testing team for future re-use purpose. Environments will be de-commissioned at the same speed as provisioning and all assets will be released along with billing and usage details.
The next gen test environment
SDTE is a unique work model designed for DevOps world where all the low-level environments are defined and controlled by the software. This model consists of specifically selected tools and pre-packaged infrastructure components with the flexibility of service utilization on Cloud. It will enable enterprises to get easy access on Cloud based test environments supported by monitoring and ITSM tools.
This work model is designed to help the test environment team to create and access all low-level environments with few clicks and shorter turnaround time. Other key advantages of this model are:
- Eliminates the capital investment on physical infrastructure, power, networking and other IT elements
- The cost is optimized as the payment is as per the usage
- Absolutely no chance of contention as on-demand test environments are provided with quick turnaround time
- High availability of test environments ensure greater test coverage
- Completely risk-free model as each testing team can demand its own test environment as per the requirements