Testing is an integral part of any DevOps release cycle and many continuous integration (CI) tools have “run tests” as one of the software development processes. Because of all the delays and frustrations associated with traditional static test environments companies are now moving to a more modern tool for their cloud development needs and automated testing requirements. Environments as a service (EaaS) platforms are that tool.

Environments as a Service platforms create an on-demand environment based upon your pull request (PR).

It’s your dedicated ephemeral space where you can experience and interact with shareable and testable services that are deployed using configuration, infrastructure and dependent services.


How Test Environments Become Pre-production Environments

The only way to ensure your PR is 100% accurate and ready to merge into production is to test the PR in a production-like environment that mirrors the entire application. Hand crafting these environments for every PR would be impossible and at the end of the day they are still just static.

This is where an EaaS environment comes into play.

An EaaS environment by design is dynamic and runs “test cases” automatically and “learns” from system behavior so it can run dependency tests in a much faster and more efficient way. When a PR is merged (or a change moves to the next step) it’s already validated and ready for production. This eliminates the need for another test environment.

How the EaaS test environment process works:

  1. Discover pre-production configuration
  2. Connect to your service repos, define your build/deploy/test configs
  3. On creation of a pull request a test an ephemeral environment is automatically launched
  4. Test your pull request
  5. Learn more on service dependencies (e.g. next cycle, test only dependent services, etc.)
  6. Take a snapshot for approval/validation/replay

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See how easy it is to create an ephemeral that can automatically
tests code changes against your repo. 


How Roost’s AI-enabled Discovery Process
Ensures 100% Accurate Testing

The Roost environment as a service platform automatically tests your PR with all the necessary service dependencies which are auto-discovered as each application is run. The platform’s AI-enabled discovery service keeps updating service dependencies in a real-time way so that your application always gets the latest working environment.

The Roost platform supports:

  • End-point based testing
  • Cypress Test Framework
  • Artillery Test Framework
  • Manual docker-compose or helm chart based testing
  • Automated testing based on service interaction behavior

The amazing thing about EaaS platforms is that they are capable of so much more than just replacing static test and staging environments. The Roost platforms left-shifts testing and Q/A while eliminating custom script creation and managing complex software in order to develop in a pre-production environment.

Sign up for a 14-day trial and experience all the benefits of the Roost EaaS Platform.


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Sudhir Jangir

About Sudhir Jangir

Sudhir is the CTO and Co-Founder of Roost. He has 20 years of experience developing enterprise applications and leading technology teams.

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