What is a Pre-production environment and
why is it a critical software development tool?
What is a pre-production environment?
A pre-production environment provides software engineers with an on demand service integration testing and validation tier that resembles production as much a possible.
Pre-production environments are a critical software development tool that allows software engineers to build and test code while sharing it simultaneously with stakeholders to get feedback.
Roost environments as a service platform provides developers with pre-production environments on demand.
Pre-production environments are a critical software development tool because they help speed-up & shorten the development lifecycle. These environments can be shared and stakeholders become a part of the application development process — rather than another phase in a bloated SDLC.
In today’s development process there is no place for developers to test and validate their code with production-ready services, for early discovery of service-to-service interaction and upstream/downstream dependencies issues.
The continuous integration phase (CI) of CI/CD is supposed to help resolve issues and speed up the development life cycle by continuously and automatically adding code into the production pipeline. However, this process actually slows down the release cycle because issues are not discovered until very close to the release deadline. Pre-production environments allow developers to instantly create ephemeral environments for every pull request, work on multiple features at the same time and share environments with stakeholders.
Pre-production environments allow developer to test service changes automatically and continuously with dependent services. Ensuring that any modified service not only works on “my machine” but also works with the rest of the dependent services.
Since the environment can be shared simultaneously with each stakeholder they can validate deliverables using their own criteria ensuring that each and every service is certified prior to being released to production. Cycles can be reduced and QA bottlenecks eliminated because stakeholders become a part of the application development process — not another phase in a bloated SDLC.
Works on my machine becomes a thing of the past...
Developers who use a pre-production environments can test service changes automatically and continuously with dependent services. This ensures that the changed service not only works on “my machine” but also works with the rest of the dependent services.
Developing & Testing in a Pre-production Environment Accelerates the Pipeline and Eliminates CI
A pre-production environment allows all service changes to be tested and certified by developers thus the traditional CI phase is not needed anymore. Furthermore, once these changes go to production, the chances of failure are close to none. By eliminating the need for traditional CI, and left-shifting the battle-hardening of services and applications into the hands of developers, releases can be accelerated by at least 60%.