voke Research Solution Snapshot Report: Parasoft Virtualize

Service virtualization accelerates functional & performance testing, plus agile development. Deliver the environment you need, reduce costly testing infrastructure and stop waiting for services to test.

Learn how service virtualization quickens functional & performance testing and agile development, plus see how Parasoft Virtualize helps you stay on schedule and budget while delivering high quality software.

Download the snapshot report for a complete overview on lifecycle virtualization and how Parasoft Virtualize stacks up.

Key takeaways:
  • The role and value of virtualization in development, QA and operations
  • Lifecycle virtualization solutions
  • Challenges of lifecycle complexity
  • Parasoft Virtualize features and functionality
  • How to assess your readiness to adopt lifecycle virtualization

Virtualization technology was viewed as a revolutionary change to the data center, entering the market with promises of efficiency, lower CAPEX and flexibility. Today, virtualization can also change development, quality assurance and operations teams for the better.

Lifecycle virtualization delivers value by:

  • Speeding up time to market
  • Lowering costs
  • Freeing teams from tactical obligations
  • Increasing efficiency

Dev, QA and Ops teams can be more strategic and efficient by providing access to the right environments, components and services precisely where and when they’re needed. The typical wait time associated with testing is slashed, the lifecycle becomes nimbler and teams can focus on quality and time to market.

While the first generation of lifecycle virtualization solutions focused on virtual lab management and the second expanded to the cloud, the third and current generation focuses on solutions for the following:

  • VLM: Virtualizing/delivering an environment close to production
  • Virtualized cloud platforms: Enabling organizations to rapidly, inexpensively create production-like cloud environments
  • Service virtualization: Giving dev and testing teams access to unavailable or limited services in a virtualized environment
  • Defect virtualization: Using virtualization technology to record an app as it executes and replay it to identify point of failure
  • Device virtualization: Using virtualization and simulation to virtually deploy physical devices for testing

Software and applications are becoming more complex every day. Meanwhile, development and QA teams are not growing at the same rate as complexity. Consequently, development and testing environments are constrained because of budgets, scheduling and lack of availability. Teams are delayed because adequate resources simply aren’t available. Delays limit testing, leaving many environments untested entirely or partially tested.

Software testing complexity challenges:

  • Testing of and access to environments such as mainframes, large ERP systems, and third-party systems is typically limited.
  • Performance testing is often incomplete, inadequate or ignored due to the excessive cost of building a production-equivalent environment.
  • Proper testing requires production-equivalent test data, but privacy concerns and compliance limit the use of live data in test environments.
  • Organizations can’t deliver high quality, fully tested software because of the need to build out costly test environments.
  • Developers and testers can’t reproduce defects identified in testing or verify fixes in the proper environment.

Fortunately, lifecycle virtualization solutions such as Parasoft Virtualize can solve many of these problems.

  • Limited access to appropriate environments, components and systems is removed through lifecycle virtualization, providing development and QA teams the resources they need in a timely manner.
  • Lifecycle virtualization simplifies complex software and apps and lessens delays, improving collaboration and communication between teams.
  • Lifecycle stakeholders can remove constraints, improve access and reduce the cost of managing and maintaining development and testing environments.

Parasoft Virtualize architecture enables five core operations for lifecycle virtualization:

  1. Define
  2. Capture/model
  3. Instruct
  4. Provision
  5. Utilize/consume

Developers or testing can define the components of the system under test which need to be virtualized. The actual behavior of the virtualized asset is captured by Parasoft Virtualize upon access to a live instance of a component. Unavailable or incomplete system behavior is modeled. Then, a Parasoft virtualized asset is created.

The PVA can be provisioned or deployed within the desired infrastructure for testing, whether a server, public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud. Upon provisioning, it’s easy to consume and utilize the PVA for testing as needed. It can also be used in conjunction with other popular testing solutions.

Upon conclusion of the test cycle, the environment can be provisioned with real assets for a complete, end-to-end final test.

Parasoft Virtualize represents a new kind of lifecycle virtualization solution, using service virtualization to reduce time to configure applications for testing, lower costs associated with hardware or system access, increased quality, and better productivity.

Highlights of Parasoft Virtualize:

  • Ease of use
  • Integration
  • Defect virtualization
  • Test data management
  • Performance testing

About Parasoft

Parasoft’s software testing solutions support the entire software development process, from when the developer writes the first line of code all the way through unit and functional testing, to performance and security testing, leveraging simulated test environments along the way. Parasoft's unique analytics platform aggregates data from across all testing practices, providing insights up and down the testing pyramid to enable organizations to succeed in today's most strategic development initiatives, including Agile/DevOps, Continuous Testing, and the complexities of IoT. Parasoft’s automated software testing innovations fuel software development organizations, helping teams reduce the time, cost, and effort of delivering high-quality software to the market.