Back in 2008, we published a series of articles (here, here, and here) detailing how certain companies were reluctant to embrace cloud-based software testing solutions (this fear of software-as-a-service didn’t just affect software testers – the paranoia existed across countless industries).
In the many years since writing those posts, much has changed.
The growth of popular platforms like Google Drive, iCloud, and Azure have helped push cloud-based solutions into the mainstream. They’re not simply “accepted” – they have actually become the preferred standard.
As a result, companies no longer ask, “should we move into the cloud” – they now question whether continued reliance on local servers still makes sense?
What Is Driving Cloud-Based Technology Adoption?
Part of the answer is the rapid proliferation of new cloud technologies. With more options, comfort levels grew organically (starting with the bigger guys before smaller companies followed suit).
How much growth are we talking about?
Below are some interesting statistics:
- In 2008, cloud computing was a $46 billion industry. Today, it’s a $150 billion industry.
- Within the next 5 to 10 years, 50% of the world’s digital information will be stored in the cloud (some experts predict that global cloud IP traffic could represent 66% of all data center traffic as early as 2017).
- Over 70% of IT professionals and businesses have already adopted cloud-based storage technologies – or plan to do so in the near future.
But as impressive as these numbers are, they’re reflective of the changing trend and not necessarily causes.
The true drivers of increased cloud adoption are things like convenience, cost, and security. Without these benefits, most technology solutions would still be local and terrestrial.
Fortunately for us (and our clients), cloud-based solutions:
- Enable clients to focus on their business, avoiding any need to deal with the tools and means of creating their goods.
- Are cheaper. Or rather, installing and maintaining local servers is becoming increasingly expensive. You have direct costs (i.e. servers, equipment, labor, and training). And you also have many indirect costs (i.e. setup delays, downtime, physical storage, and data recovery).
- Are easier to upgrade (see here for more). Consequently, you can more easily adopt the latest technology and always remain on the cutting edge. This is in sharp contrast to infrequent and cumbersome improvements made on localized servers. The process is frustrating enough that many businesses skip upgrades altogether. Consequently, they end up creating inferior products using increasingly outdated tools.
- Offer anywhere/anytime availability. No matter where you are in the world, you can access the tools you need. And the concept of “working business hours” becomes completely obsolete.
- Simplify data backup. To store (and recover) data kept on local servers, you must invest in more resources. And you also suffer from a lot more worry and angst.
But arguably another important benefit is security. Cloud-based services specialize in data protection, investing both time and money to keep your information safe 24/7. The guardians of localized servers usually moonlight – dabbling in security only as often as their work schedules allow.
For many, this added peace of mind is invaluable. Let a dedicated team work around the clock to protect your data while you and your team focus on what you do best – developing great products and services for your own clients.
Will Fear of SaaS Software Testing Solutions Ever Completely Disappear?
Cloud-based services and SaaS solutions are lightweight, affordable, and secure. And did we mention that they’re infinitely scalable (at Testuff, we add new data centers all the time – at minimal cost).
However, there are still some who remain skeptical of these incredible benefits. But perhaps that’s to be expected. After all, there are plenty of folks who still cling to vinyl LPs, floppy disks, and rotary telephones.
You can’t convert everyone – and trying will only be a waste of time and money. But at Testuff, the road ahead looks very clear.
Given the phenomenal success of cloud-based storage – and increasing demands for a truly SaaS software testing products – we’re excited about the upcoming launch of a fully web-based version of our flagship testing suite.