TMap NEXT® Testing Clouds is different from its TMap predecessors.
Whereas the books in the TMap series are handbooks with step-by-step
information, this book is an innovation, about testing clouds for the
early adopter. It describes the cloud business model for testing,
Business Technology and steps we took in cloud projects.
The Cloud is still at an early stage, but the growth of cloud-based
computing is outstripping even the most optimistic predictions. Its
early 2011 and almost all forecasts of the most important IT
technologies name cloud computing in their Top 3. That growth is
based on a compelling value proposition: speed to market, agility to
bring forward or retire service, and the chance to move expenditure
from CapEx into OpEx. Although the cloud is still in its infancy, it
is increasingly clear that the cloud model will supplement, if not
entirely replace, mainframe and client/server installations in the
years to come.
The cloud is a business model or platform on which testing must be
carried out just like any other service. It enables convenient, on-
demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing
resources. It is not only an IT opportunity, but a strategic business
opportunity; it creates the ability to get the business in charge of
IT and change from Information Technology (IT) to Business Technology
(BT). And as the Cloud Era emerges, testing will change! Not only for
information systems, but also for testing the infrastructure, cloud-
enabled applications, and the ability to have instant deployable test
infrastructure. Testing applications on the cloud is the same as
testing applications on a traditional infrastructure. Only what is
tested is different.