Monday, October 10, 2011

Demey Definition of a Boombastic Test Style

In a blog post I talked about My Definition of a Boombastic Teststyle since there is no official Definition what Infrastructure Testing is. Recently I attended an event about Cloud Testing organised by Testnet.

One of the presentations was by Wim Demey and he talked about Infrastructure Testing. In this presentation, called Knock, knock, knockin’ on infrastructure’s doors he talked about the need and importance of Infrastructure Testing. He also gave his definition of Infrastructure Testing:

Infrastructure testing is any test activity performed as result of an intervention made on hardware, network and/or software components which are part of an integral infrastructure platform in order to facilitate applications in a managed and controlled way.

 I like the fact that this definition stresses the fact that Infrastructure testing is more about Chain Testing and not a single Test. So let's start with this Definition and see how we can enhance it.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Don't call it a comeback

The Infratester blog has been silent for a long time. In the fast paced world of the Internet it might be called dead. Forgotten with all the followers gone. This might be true, but the "patient" is not dead.
Let's get this blog back on track with posts, comments and interaction to (re)discover the world of Infrastructure Testing!

The cloud of unknowing

Around the 14th Century an unknown author wrote the book "The Cloud of Unknowing". A guide to get into contact with God, not through knowledge and education but through love. Forgetting what you know and following your heart to reach the ultimate goal; understanding God. How different is today's Cloud, a place filled with knowledge and the urge to assemble as much understanding as possible.
The ancient "Cloud of Unknowing" teaches us how to reach God, but what do we reach with our modern "Cloud of Knowing"? What motivated medieval people to seek God and what is our modern motivation to seek Knowledge?
This blog post is not about companies, but just as in the "Cloud of Unknowing" about individuals, like you and me. Three companies offers us now a cloud. A search engine company, a music player and computer hardware & OS manufacturer and a server & client OS + Office firm.
All three offer a place to store our contacts, files, photo's, music, e-mail, etc. They offer us easy ways through mobile solutions (software and sometimes hardware) to get to their Cloud.
We all have our motivation to use the "Cloud of Knowing", but what is our motivation to use a specific provider? Is it the mobile phone, the services they provide or the "I have been using it for years" and/ or the "all of my friends use it" argument.
As testers we look at requirements and think about ways to test & validate these. But how can we do this for a Cloud environment? An interesting aspect about Infrastructure Testing I want to dive deeper into.
Keep following this blog and see what our "Knowledge in the Cloud" will bring us.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Are you following me?



Some years ago, a web blog was a new and creative thing to have. Nowadays Twitter is the latest trend in blogging. I can't let this opportunity go by and see that we (im)possibilities are of a 140 character blog. So Infratester will be twittering on http://twitter.com/Infratester. Will you follow me?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

My Definition of a Boombastic Test Style

While surfing the Web I came across an interesting post on Test Republic. One of the Member Pradeep C asked a question "Wanted to understand the definition, and process involved for Infrastructure Testing". He got a reply by Michael Bolton which, although it had some valid points, was not really an answer to his question.

It got me thinking about a good definition about Infrastructure Testing. In my opinion definitions have more value if they are based on Standards. I took a look at the well known OSI Layer model for a quick answer


Although this is about Infrastructure, it is about Network Protocol design. So this does not give a definition of Infrastructure Testing. I have to look for other standards to help me describe Infrastructure Testing.

So for the moment I can not help Pradeep C by telling him what Infrastructure Testing is about, but I can tell him that it is an exciting and challenging form of Testing. In other words Boombastic!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Virtualisation Architecture

Virtualisation has changed from a gadget to a hype to a proven solution. There is a myriad of products providing Virtualisation from servers, desktop, applications, appliances and data centers. The advantages are clear, but choosing which steps to take is often unclear.

An Organisation can choose to become a "Microsoft Shop or VMware Shop" and use only Virtualisation products from that Vendor. With that comes vendor lock-in but also good integration and management. A mixed Vendor solution is also possible, which requires more effort in setting up integration and management.

From an Infratesting perspective whatever solution you choose is irrelevant, every solution can be tested. What is important, is that there is a clear Architectural view and Roadmap for Virtualisation. Virtualisation often starts bottom up and is IT driven. This could result in the wrong choice for a solution.
Therefor Virtualisation should be lifted to a higher level and give a top down approach.

That is the only way to get a Real instead of a Virtual Solution.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Seek and Find

At the end of the nineties the Internet was like the Wild West; a lot of unknown territory and even more people looking for gold. Alreay one of the big issues was how to find information. I remember doing a project to implement the Netscape search engine on a company's Intranet. A lot of work getting it to search and return results properly...

Ten years later a lot has changed. Most of the Wild in the West has gone and more territory is mapped. Setting up a Blog is easy with just a few mouseclicks and so is adding a search engine.

To facilitate finding information on this Blog I added Google Custom Search. It is below the Label section on this Blog. I hope it will be useful for you to find the information you want.