Automated test capacity management service has saved customers millions
Belshill, Birmingham, Manchester, UK. 25 March 2020. Edge Testing Solutions Ltd (Edge) has launched a new Performance Engineering service today which combines two primary benefits to customers: finessing system design and capacity.
Fundamental aspects of system design can have a profound impact on the non-functional qualities of a system. For example, selecting an inefficient language or development platform can build-in overheads that will mean a business is paying too much for cloud services every day that a system is in use. By making the right choices from the very beginning of system specification and design an organisation can reduce operational costs throughout the lifetime of a system. Edge’s service advises on how to select the best technologies and configure them to design built-in efficiency and effectiveness.
Additionally, the new Performance Engineering service uses a unique and powerful combination of Machine Learning and pattern recognition to manage and model solution capacity. The algorithm behind the service is the result of years’ of research and practice, and provides the ability to accurately forecast capacity requirements in a wide range of environments and settings. This can yield significant resource savings in larger deployments, including test functions, and improve efficiency across the board.
Many enterprises have historically countered the obvious problem of under-provisioning hardware and cloud resources with the simple but inefficient tactic of over-provisioning. With Edge’s new Performance Engineering service this is no longer a risk that clients need to manage.
By creating actionable insights from existing provisioning and capacity data, the new service can predictably and automatically manage test capacity to much tighter tolerances, removing the guesswork from test capacity provisioning. The technique can be applied to all aspects of test capacity, from predicting cloud service requirements and scheduling them at the most cost-effective time, through to accurately specifying on-premise hardware requirements.
Performance Engineering offers a deeper view of the testing environment, delivering an early understanding of performance, making it a powerful complement to more traditional performance testing. Performance Engineering can enable earlier and more cost-effective interventions than traditional testing processes, although it should not be viewed as a replacement. Full solution, end-to-end load testing still brings value in terms of understanding the likely user experience. In combination with performance engineering the traditional performance test becomes more of a one-off acceptance test rather than an expensive late phase iterative activity. The resultant benefit of this combined approach being the reduction of the overall cost of quality.
Dan Martland, Head of Technical Testing at Edge said: “We developed this solution for internal use originally, but the results were so startlingly strong that we began limited customer beta trials. In one case we reduced our client’s AWS annual hosting cost rate by £1 million, in another we saved a client £7.7 million by not over-specifying application servers. We believe that performance engineering will become a standard part of testing functions in the future.”
Edge’s Performance Engineering service can reduce business risk and create operational efficiencies in a vast range of applications and requirements, including:
- Solution design for efficiency, including software, storage and network elements
- Effective scaling of test environments, especially in a high volume context.
The Edge team has offered advice on:
- Hyper-V and wider VM architectures
- AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle and IBM hosting
- Lamba and Big Data Architecture
- Microservice Right-sizing, External Boundary Optimisation.
For more information, visit: http://www.edgetesting.co.uk/
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Edge Testing Solutions Ltd, is a leading expert in providing world-class software testing solutions. The award-winning company is typically engaged when organisations are implementing a new system or making significant changes to an existing system. We ensure systems are fast, secure, available and work as expected in an increasingly complex and distributed digital age.
We test back office systems, e-commerce sites and apps. We test accessing these from multiple devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, touchscreens and smartphones from our purpose-built device lab.
Founded in 2007, Edge has grown to over 260 people and boasts some of the UK’s premier testing thought leaders and experts. Our own Edge Academy has brought over 150 newcomers into the industry in the past two years.
In 2018 Edge became part of Eurofins Digital Testing, the world’s leading testing and Quality Assurance (QA) specialists, who operate globally with test lab and service facilities in the UK, USA, Belgium, Holland, Sweden and Hong Kong.
As part of Eurofins Digital Testing, Edge can extend the range of products and services offered to include:
– Extensive testing Services: custom, conformance and compliance
– Testing tools: custom and off-the-shelf
– Staffing and resourcing: lab and field based
– Industry-recognised training courses and training facilities (in addition to the Edge Academy)
– Comprehensive cyber security services and support
Eurofins Digital Testing works with key high-technology businesses in the consumer electronics, software development, automotive, IoT, connected health and media markets.