KVM Virtualization and QA

As we’ve previously noted, the advent of Agile and DevOps methodologies puts the onus on QA professionals to wear many hats, which also includes completing any software testing at a much faster rate. In the current fast-paced business environment, QA teams increasingly depend on a variety of tools and technologies to make their work more efficient. One of these technologies is virtualization; a tool offering benefits to other aspects of Information Technology, including software engineering and network administration.

KVM virtualization, the “KVM” stands for kernel-based virtual machine, is a Linux technology facilitating the creation and management of virtual computing environments used for development and testing, among other purposes. This article provides an overview of this technology and its use for software QA.

A Closer Look at the Kernel-based Virtual Machine

Even though KVM is a Linux technology, it is able to host virtual environments running most major operating systems, including Windows, OS X, and, of course, Linux itself. As noted above, the use-cases for virtualization are numerous, and the technology’s status as arguably the most popular open source virtualization framework for the x86 processor family is a major reason for its popularity in many IT and software development shops.

KVM continues to see wide adoption among Cloud-based service providers, covering a myriad of applications. Enterprises leverage the technology to provide virtual environments for production software, as well as for development and QA. In short, virtualization offers a cost-effective and “green” solution, allowing businesses to concentrate their resource spending in other areas or simply improve their profit margin.

With KVM being a standard part of the Linux operating system, a wide array of support is available from the open source community.

Virtualization facilitates QA “Farm” Development

The Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) is an organization championing the use of open source software in industrial and business applications. The group’s QA farm illustrates the advantages of using virtualization for quality assurance. Virtual environments leveraging KVM are used for both software testing as well as for computer hardware — PCs and embedded circuit boards.

Their work provides a great example of the wide range of applications made easier, cheaper, and more efficient by using KVM virtualization.

Managing Testing Environments using KVM

When considering the QA process, the easy management of test environments is the most obvious use-case illustrating how KVM virtualization benefits software testing. The advantages are numerous, with benefits ranging from saving money on hardware expenditures to the time saving gained from using virtual test servers and their easier management.

Since companies are able to create virtual testing environments quickly and easily, this is advantageous whether a software development shop is following modern methodologies like Agile or DevOps or even a traditional QA model. QA engineers can focus on ensuring the quality of the software without needing getting involved in network administrator tasks better left to the experts. In short, software shops of all sizes need to consider using KVM virtualization to make their work easier.

Stay tuned to upcoming entries on the Betica blog, as we look at other topics of interest to QA professionals all over the world.

Beating the Average Software QA Tester : Strategies for Improving your Software Testing Skills

A good professional Software Tester is someone who never stops learning; they always have an insatiable thirst for knowledge.

Software technology changes quickly. As a result, we need to continuously keep learning new technologies, frameworks, and techniques. This remains one of the most rewarding aspects of the profession. Software testers able to keep up with these changes are worth their weight in gold to most IT companies.

Betica is a technology solutions provider specializing in Software Quality Assurance. We strive to provide superior customer service through our fast, detailed, and accurate software testing. We are proud of our procedures, which allowed us to establish a strong QA team made up of skilled professionals surpassing the industry average.

What follows are some traits necessary for becoming an excellent QA professional:

Always ask WHAT IF

What would happen if I do it this way?
What if the User is not familiar with the system and tried a different approach?

It is important to always ask this question: “What if?” Sure, following test cases is a vital part of the QA process. However, a good tester would not limit themselves to executing only what is written in the test cases.

Ensuring Quality and Quantity

These are the 1000 issues to be verified today”.

A good QA tester must know if the given tasks are achievable within the deadline. If not, they should be assertive to ask for an acceptable timeline to finish the task without sacrificing the quality of the result.

In Betica, we prioritize the quality and quantity of our work output. We are fully committed to provide high-quality services that will meet or exceed the requirements of our clients.

Think like a Customer

As Betica’s Core Value, we place ourselves in the customer’s shoes. Customers have a problem that needs a solution, we explore options on how to solve it, respect their choice and then help them achieve it. 

Effective Communication

Effective communication is a fundamental aspect of the software QA process. In Betica, we have competent QA testers with strong communication skills in order to work according to the client’s requirement and to be able to interact with other team members and clients.

Clear communication will enhance productivity by minimizing errors and reducing the time spent from retesting.

Practice Good Documentation

Documentation is an essential part of the software QA process. Testers are responsible for writing test documents, reporting bugs, and notifying the team about any issues through email. This will make the testing process easy and organized.

Good documentation should contain correct, complete, current, and consistent information so that the whole team can effectively execute their tasks.

Make the Right Decisions

A story was once told about a successful Bank President being interviewed by a reporter:

“Sir, what is the secret of your success?” a reporter asked a bank president.
“Two words.”
“And, sir, what are they?”
“Good decisions.”
“And how do you make good decisions?”
“One word.”
“And sir, what is that?”
“Experience.”
“And how do you get Experience?”
“Two words.”
“And, sir, what are they?”
“Bad decisions.”

The moral of this story is that there is nothing wrong with making mistakes as long as you learn from them, and use that newfound wisdom to make the right decision in the future.

These are the traits for providing the best QA service for our clients. In order to beat the average software QA tester, you must apply any or all of the traits in your day-to-day QA tasks. This will increase your chances to have a successful career as software QA tester.

Betica Technology Solutions Limited Approved as an Accredited Test Facility by the Isle of Man Gambling Commission

Betica Technology Solutions Limited announces the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission’s approval for their software testing facility. A new milestone for the company, Betica Technology will continue to successfully apply their proven delivery model for eGaming functional and non-functional testing and audit services.

 Manila, Philippines – March 23, 2016 – Offering skilled quality assurance and auditing services, Betica Technology Solutions Limited announces their recent approval as an Accredited Software Testing Facility by the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission. Now, Betica Technology Solutions can assist gaming operators, who hold a license in the Isle of Man, with their expertise in the eGaming industry.

In addition to regulating land-based gambling, the Gambling Supervision Commission regulates online gambling activities to keep the industry crime free. Protecting those at risk, the commission approves gaming software testing companies who will ensure that the services offered by license holders are fair. The watchdog organization also endorses testing companies that do all they can to ensure players receive their true winnings.

“Betica brings to the table a comprehensive software testing approach to help operators comply with regulations. Doing business with license holders for gaming software, whether it is for large or small companies, is an opportunity to show our strong links with international gaming authorities and regulators. Our testing services extend to web, mobile and back-office application testing, so we are a full-service agency happy to simplify the process for our clients.” said Vicente Torrejon, Director at Betica Technology Solutions Limited.

Betica offers functional application testing as well as test automation services and performance testing. With contacts in international gambling that include gaming authorities and regulators, the company assists key international corporations with their quality assurance and regulatory needs.

For more information visit www.betica.com.

About Betica Technology Solutions Limited:

Betica Technology Solutions Limited was founded in 2011 and is a leading provider specialising in Software Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance Services and Software Development. With headquarters in Asia, the company’s Software Development Center and ISO 17025:2005 Software Testing Laboratory uniquely positions them to deliver high-quality and cost-effective end-to-end technology solutions and services.

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Vicente Torrejon
Director, Betica Technology Solutions Limited
contact@betica.com

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