We have already discussed the DevOps methodology using Alibaba Cloud in our previous posts, DevOps for the Cloud Part 1 and Part 2. Now, let’s talk about the best practices of DevOps testing using Alibaba Cloud.
Building a Successful DevOps Testing Strategy
Testing methodologies have been an integral part of development in the software industry, however, DevOps testing scenarios are much different from traditional software testing practices. DevOps testing has to be strategized first before you decide to go ahead with it. A successful testing strategy aims to churn out builds at a faster pace. The total process of building, testing, and releasing software has to be the most important bit behind a successful DevOps testing strategy.
This is the very first step to defining a pipeline that is suitable for your software delivery. From new application software to software already in place with traditional delivery models, defining a DevOps testing strategy will enable a faster channel for development, delivery, and updates. This will further enhance business productivity. If you are upgrading your delivery pipeline from a traditional approach, this will also take care of any bottlenecks you may have faced previously.
Attaining successful deployment and maintaining it for all the releases or sub-releases of your software is an essential practice. Alibaba Cloud DevOps solutions integrate its testing environment within the CI/CD practices. Let’s see how it works using the diagram below:
Kanban | DevOps
Kanban boards can help you look at your deployment stages in a more graphical format. It visualizes the data stream into usable workflow diagrams and lays out the complete delivery process in a visual format. Alibaba Cloud supports Kanban. You can easily incorporate it for a better understanding of what is happening with your current strategy and make an informed decision about any required changes to overcome a performance bottleneck or any other issue with the process. Below, there is a similar representation of a near-identical Kanban layout.
Visual Representation of Kanban
Kanban increases the overall workflow since it highlights each step with a visual representation. You can easily make out any bottlenecks or other issues that may be affecting the performance of your total delivery process. Different teams working within the cycle can collaborate using Kanban to help achieve a better DevOps workflow.
Just a quick reminder – Alibaba Cloud Academy offers excellent courses for you to master DevOps and follow a better learning path. Be sure to check it out if you’re interested!
Best Practices | DevOps Testing
DevOps is all about collaboration and teamwork. The best results come after the best utilization of resources. Define and assemble your teams with priorities and ways to be in sync in mind. Let’s discuss some of the most important and best practices to follow while testing.
Automate to Achieve
Continuous Integration (CI) is implemented to share the updated code. Let’s assume that there are multiple iterations of your application coming in and they are being fed to the repository using CI. This can be a challenge and needs to be properly addressed. Here comes the need of automation while testing. Inserting an automated testing scenario here will reduce risks that continuous integration without automatic testing possesses. Make sure to automate tasks that require automation or the ones that may not require much human intervention. Introducing Quality Assurance (QA) into the mix is a good idea.
Alibaba Cloud DevOps CI methodology suggests that testing should be automated to achieve and fix machine errors and other issues. Although, when it comes to checking for release readiness and usability or user operations, testing should be kept on the human side.
When it comes to Quality Assurance (QA), you need to consider using all aspects of DevOps. Development, integration, testing, and deployment, every aspect should be carefully separated and checked for issues that users might face.
After achieving maturity in your automation practices, the whole approach towards DevOps automated cycles will grow from just a collection of errors and their respective solution to a pan-system data analysis that will present a layout with the worst clogs in your system. It will also outline the best working modules within your system.
Continue Reading at – Alibaba Cloudhttps://www.alibabacloud.com/blog/devops-testing-best-practices-using-alibaba-cloud_596567