Cloud technology has become one of the most progressive solutions in the drive to accelerate digital transformation. Every business is witnessing the need to move to the cloud and its growing prominence in the digital space. Surely, it isn’t a bed full of roses and has its own limitations.
But with a bigger picture in mind, cloud migration presents an array of reasons to go ahead with such a strategy for businesses to bloom in the future. In this day and age, when it comes to modernization and being at par with the latest in technology, cloud migration plays a salient role in this process.
Along with this, ensuring Quality Assurance of such migration becomes significant as well. Let’s understand how an organization can seamlessly shift towards the cloud – considering both, its shortcomings and pros.
Understanding the Process, Challenges and Advantages
As emphasized upon, cloud migration needs to follow an extremely coherent process. From its very inception to its execution, shifting all your data to the cloud requires end-to-end planning. The very infrastructure, interfaces, data etc. need to be migrated in a seamless fashion – executing the right strategies and keeping the right tools in place. Thus, be it Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS), moving to cloud requires a thorough analysis of such types and the various nuances within.
Moving to the cloud also requires assessing all the challenges that come attached. To name a few –
- Budgetary concerns – A realistic cost-benefit analysis needs to be undertaken before migrating to the cloud. The components which do not require migration, need to be separated in order to avoid any wastage of resources or investment. That being said, cloud migration in the long run is a cost-effective solution.
- Astray strategy – As aforementioned, moving to the cloud is a strategic activity – needs to incorporate coherent processes and planning. If the strategy goes astray, there might be a number of challenges arising for the customers and organizations as well.
- Ongoing process – Cloud migration is an ongoing activity. This essentially implies that once organizations have their data, documents, infrastructure, etc., on the cloud – it can never cease to function. All services need to be available 24*7 and any break would cause considerable damage to the organization. Everything that is available on the cloud needs to be seamless as well as transparent.
- Cloud is an enigma – Cloud is an extremely new and niche territory which is still a huge space left unexplored. Although it does present organizations with an array of reasons to go in for it (elaborated more in the next section), one needs to also consider the limitations – the niche challenges that it may present organizations with.
- Security and performance – These are critical areas which can become a pain point if not handled correctly. During and after migration, these two areas are crucial for every organization in keeping their data end-to-end secure. Organizations also need to ensure that their services are seamless – without any performance bottlenecks. For this, thus, availing cloud testing services along with security testing, performance testing and end-to-end digital Quality Assurance, becomes salient.
Hence, cloud migration may come in with an array of challenges, but with the right practices in place, the advantages trump the cons. The reasons to go in for this strategy include –
- Easy on the pockets – Moving to the cloud is extremely cost-effective in the longer run. Services on the cloud do not need any added expenditure which also helps in optimizing resources and allocating them in other operations. Thus, a coherent process for picking and shifting the required services to the cloud becomes imperative.
- Convenience – Cloud is an extremely potent and convenient platform for organizations to offer their services to users seamlessly. Maintenance becomes minimal and it also offers agility due to nominal efforts that need to be put in.
- Flexibility and Scalability – Basing your application or product on the cloud offers immense flexibility – to scale up and down as and when required. It isn’t just cost-effective for organizations but also helps in resource optimization, alongside.
- Recovering data – This is another important benefit of shifting to the cloud – it helps in disaster recovery or data recovery since it is seamlessly backed-up on the cloud. Thus, the cloud provides a better ground for mitigating disasters as such and keeping all the information safe.
- Security – Albeit, mentioned as a challenge, security of information is one of the advantages as well, if the right processes are in place. This essentially includes the effort of availing end-to-end security testing services.
Adopting Testing and QA Strategies
Cloud migration has its own nuances that should take into consideration the need for adopting testing and QA strategies. Shifting to the cloud isn’t an easy process and even after, organizations need to deliver top-notch services – which is possible only when they avail cloud testing services and maintain Quality Assurance.
Cloud testing can thus incorporate cloud migration when organizations shift the entire infrastructure or parts of the application to the cloud – testing becomes imperative in such cases to mitigate the risks associated with it. Testing applications built on new and modernized architectures and infrastructures as well, becomes important. This also includes SaaS, IaaS and PaaS based testing.
The whole spectrum of cloud testing comprises security, performance, functional, data, acceptance, UX testing, etc. These essentially become the key areas to test against for ensuring that cloud applications remain intact and seamless. A coherent strategy from planning, test case designing to test execution, needs to be chalked out for identifying focal areas and testing the same. Testing on production also becomes imperative to identify and fix issues before going live.
Along with this, ensuring end-to-end digital Quality Assurance becomes imperative. Limiting yourself to just the technology, data and infrastructure is not enough – one needs to plan a coherent QA strategy for an overall coverage. If not, cloud migration would just work in silos by not considering other aspects and the impact of the same. More on the importance of testing and QA strategies has been presented by Qualitest, in one of their Enablement sessions. A keen focus has also been put on a realistic case study and their very own experience.
Thus, cloud migration has its own benefits and challenges. But exploring this enigma will only present us with the enormous opportunities that the cloud holds. A comprehensive cloud migration strategy that incorporates cloud testing services as well as Quality Assurance, becomes the key in achieving the edge in the industry. QA InfoTech, a Qualitest Company, offers this edge through our cloud testing services with our years of expertise and hands-on capabilities in the domain.