Category: Test Environment Management

Control Costs: Use Cloud Test Environments

There is no more effective way to reduce your overall test environment spend than to migrate to cloud test environments and embrace testing and infrastructure automation. The nature of test environments is inherently temporary—you set up an environment, run through an automated test suite, and then tear down the environment. If you can reduce the […]

February 28th, 2017  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Metrics and KPIs for Test Environment Stability

If your testing environments are constantly unavailable and affected by outages, your release timelines will be affected. You can use Plutora to measure stability events for specific environments, so you can pinpoint and plan around events that will affect your critical path to release. How often is an environment unavailable due to factors within your project’s […]

February 26th, 2017  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Control Costs: Measure Test Environment Effort

How many people does it take to set up and tear down a test environment? If you ask this question and measure the effort required you might be surprised by the result. While organizations often focus on the hardware budget for test environments, the largest cost associated with test environment management is almost always the […]

February 19th, 2017  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Control Costs: Scale Down Test Environments

You’d be surprised how often organizations insist on running a carbon-copy of a production network for a rarely-used staging environment; this is unnecessary. You don’t need a million-dollar staging environment sitting next to your production environment. You should control your test environment costs. If you are searching for strategies to reduce the cost of your […]

February 14th, 2017  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Control Costs: Keep Track of Test Environments

Test environments cost money; this is the inescapable fact of test environment management. It can be difficult to justify the expense in your conversations with finance and management, especially if they lack a software development background. Businesses are often fine with dropping millions on production infrastructure because there’s a direct line between keeping production running and revenue. […]

February 5th, 2017  |  Published in Test Environment Management

How Much should a Cloud-based Test Environment Cost?

How much should you be spending on your test environments? How much is too much? How much should test environment cost? In this post, we outline a simplified model of a generic application running in the cloud. Using Amazon Web Services (AWS) on-demand prices we calculate some price points and explore the cost of QA […]

December 14th, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Why do you need all these environments?

If a project has regular releases there’s a good chance that when a development team is finished with a feature, a QA team takes over to validate that feature. During that QA process, development teams often want to move on to the next feature. In these scenarios having two QA environments make sense as features can be delayed and releases will have to be serialized if a QA environment is “tied up.”

December 7th, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

What’s in an Environment? How much do they cost?

When I talk to people about environment management I’m surprised by the number of people who don’t understand how much they cost.  In a large organization it isn’t immediately obvious just how much a particular environment costs.  It isn’t like people announce how much a VM costs every time someone spins one up to support […]

October 31st, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Reclaiming Underutilized Environments

What is an Environment? When we discuss Environment Management, we’re not thinking about simple systems.  An environment isn’t just a web server and a database.  Instead, we’re thinking about complex systems with a lot of moving parts.  For example, a large e-commerce website that generates billions in revenue may have several different environments: one for […]

October 26th, 2016  |  Published in Test Case Management, Test Environment Management

Jenkins and Plutora integrate

Plutora is pleased to announce our new Jenkins self-service adaptor. Jenkins has become the default enterprise standard for continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD). With the release of our new Plutora Jenkins adaptor, we bridge the gap between best-of-breed release and environment management capabilities and release automation.     Our Jenkins plugin supports enterprise teams across the […]

October 20th, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management