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In-production testing: The future of software testing

Part of the Architecting the Cloud podcast series

The concept of testing in-production systems has traditionally been a non-starter. However, companies are beginning to realize that testing live systems produces better results and helps build better systems in the long run.

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Want better software testing? Do it in production

Traditionally, the software testing has been firmly planted in the staging process, so as not to disrupt in-production systems and functionality. However, by testing in staging only, developers may miss issues that only occur with live systems. In this episode, Mike Kavis and Split.io’s Talia Nassi discuss how savvy software companies are breaking tradition and moving their testing process from staging to production. According to Talia, in-production testing is the future because it’s where users experience the application, so it’s more effective if done safely. Mike and Talia also discuss what's required for safe in-production testing, and they debunk some production-testing myths and discuss how the emerging discipline of chaos engineering is related to production testing.

Something that I get asked a lot is, "Oh, but you can't performance test in production." Yes, you can, because the only way to know that you can withstand that much load...is to test it in production.

Talia Nassi is a developer advocate at Split.io, where she works closely with engineering teams globally to ship software more efficiently. She is also an international keynote speaker who delivers content on all things testing and quality.

Chaos engineering: Stress-testing the cloud

Cloud architectures are incredibly complex and it's often difficult to predict and prevent failures. Enter chaos engineering, which aims to discover cloud failure points, in in-production systems, before they become disasters.

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Software testing in the age of cloud—new ideas and opportunities

Software testing isn't glamourous, but it's critical. It's also often misunderstood or siloed. However, DevOps has highlighted the importance of testing, and the cloud has transformed the testing process.

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