Alex Entrekin

Using CloudShare Hosting to Test Upcoming CloudShare Releases

June 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: CloudShare, Dev / Test | Tags: , , , , , , , ,


CloudShare like many of our customers, is software.  And as all you developers know, developing, debugging, and testing software has many parts.  Because we are in the same boat as you, it would make sense for us to “eat our own dog food”, and use CloudShare to develop CloudShare.

The CloudShare QA organization specifically runs API and UI-based automation throughout the week.  To do this we deployed a pair of Windows environments in the CloudShare Production site that, over VPN, gives us access to local file servers (for writing results) and version control (git).  This has allowed us to free up local test hardware and gain access to CloudShare’s cloud-based hosting.  You will be amazed at the amount of space saved from physical QA boxes.  Testing over our own service is our way of “eating our own dogfood”.

We access our automation environments on CloudShare using RDP, which we connect to using the CloudShare interface and built-in web viewing technology.  We debug failed tests, check-in code and build/deploy local test builds as part of the QA effort.  Access into our environments is very snappy even though our offices are in Israel and Production runs in the U.S. (Florida).  In addition, we are able to execute tests directly using the CloudShare API which lets us run any scripts within the CloudShare environments (in our case batch files).

CloudShare Automation screenshot

Using CloudShare to Host CloudShare Automation

The setup we have in Production uses the features available with Team Labs as well as the upcoming general support for Shared environments, which in our case consists of a VPN server providing network access to all machines within the same project.

Aside from the short downtime during our bi-weekly Sunday deployments, our CloudShare environments have allowed us to replace all local environments we used in testing our product for performing UI-based testing.

Happy CloudSharing!

About the author:
As CloudShare’s Business Development Manager, Alex is the (super) everyman for CloudShare’s partners and customers. He moves between development, sales and operations to ensure that everything up in the cloud makes it down to earth. Alex earned a law degree from the UCLA School of Law and has experience building out early stage businesses in tech, specialty finance, and sports. A former professional baseball player, he spends some weekends playing catcher for the San Francisco Pelicans, one of two San Francisco franchises in the Bay Area's 1880's style baseball league.