While performing software testing services, testers can use both the client’s equipment or domestic tools within the software testing company. The test environment is a setup of software and hardware on which the testing team is going to perform testing of the newly built software product. Servers, virtual environments and workstations are those test environment setups on which the testers perform software testing services quite often.
It’s common practice to perform web application testing services or server side application testing (database management systems, e-mail servers, server business applications) on the separate servers. Likewise, separate high-end servers are required to conduct performance testing services.
For a successful test performance, a tester needs to report in advance about the server configuration that should be tested. If the bug, typical for a particular dedicated server is detected – the company provides its customer with remote access for a further error analysis and debugging.
Virtualization systems are abundantly used in the software development and testing. The use of virtual machines has many advantages:
- The testing of a new product assembly is performed on the “pure” system ( meaning that tested products were never installed on it). It’s possible to save the state of the virtual machine and roll back to it at any time.
- The ability to create the great number of configurations, and switch between them quickly. It concerns both the software and hardware configuration.
- The isolation of test environment from the work of physical machines. Since the virtual environment is completely isolated from the physical one, there is always a guarantee that the system will stay safe on physical machines during the product development process.
- The developers get access to the environment which is guaranteed to detect defects, so the testers can proceed to work on the other machines.
There are applications that require for functioning only hardware, and their testing on the server has no particular meaning. Specifically, if the product is designed for the end-user and needs additional checks on job stability, then, in such a case the standard working machine will be suitable. Based on the tentative agreement with the customer, a testing team creates a sufficient and efficient configuration set for operativity validation of the tested product.