“To Test, or Not to Test,” that is the question. Or more to the point, do we force our customers to be beta testers without asking them, or do we do testing up front as part of our Agile Cloud Development practices? Too often, I feel like I am a beta tester and not the user of a web-scale application. Because we move so fast from coding to production, two things get hammered along the way: real testing, and testing for security! This has got to change, and there is a way. Continue reading To Test, or Not to Test
As computing, storage and networking continues migrating from physical equipment to virtual environments, provisioning and managing them increasingly relies on software. One of the most important benefits of virtualization and cloud computing is the idea infrastructure as code, using code, automate the provisioning and managing of entire application environments and ecosystems (infrastructure) reliably on demand. This idea, in conjunction with the agile development practices, is what makes continuous delivery possible for leading companies like Facebook, Flickr, Etsy and others.
In agile teams today, developers writing applications partner with DevOps team members writing, testing, building and packaging infrastructure as code with tools including Puppet Labs, Chef and Cucumber. This is helping traditionally bottlenecked and silo-od infrastructure teams begin working more closely with the application teams and improve overall business agility. DevOps team members write infrastructure code alongside the application under development – all leveraging popular development practices including code management, continuous integration, release automation and test-driven development. Continue reading Infrastructure as Code: From Bottleneck to Test-Driven
Login VSI B.V. have announced the availability of Login VSI 3.7, the latest version of the performance and scalability testing tool for Virtual Desktop Infrastructures and Server Based Computing environments.
This latest release means that Login VSI 3.7 has out-of-the-box support for simulating user workloads to test the performance of VDI and SBC environments based on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Office 2013. In addition, Login VSI also introduces support for Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
Citrix Edgesight for Load Testing has been quietly updated to version 3.5 with very little razzle or dazzle.
Citrix EdgeSight for Load Testing is an automated load and performance testing solution for Citrix Presentation Server environments. As of XenApp 5.0 Feature Pack 1, the Load Testing service is no longer a separate licensed product and is now a free component in XenApp. While we’ll gloss over the pique that customers who bought the licenses just before this was announced, it doesn’t detract from the fact that Citrix Edgesight for Load Testing is an incredibly useful tool for supporting and sizing even a small farm and is, arguably, a credible differentiator for using ICA over RDP. Continue reading News: Citrix Releases Edgesight for Load Testing 3.5