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Test automation in CI/CD shouldn’t be hard

Test automation in CI/CD shouldn’t be hard

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June 1, 2024
Bruno Lopes
Product Leader
Testkube
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Continuous integration and continuous deployment have become the gold standard in the field of software delivery and deployment. This approach to software delivery transforms the way we develop, test, and release applications, bringing a host of benefits. 

It accelerates the time-to-market, enabling organizations to respond to customer needs and market changes with unmatched agility. One of the aspects of a CI/CD pipeline that we are going to focus on in this post is Continuous Testing.

Continuous Testing ensures that every code change entering the system doesn’t break the existing functionality. While it is one of the most critical parts of a CI/CD pipeline, it’s often one of the most challenging ones when it comes to implementation.

In this article, we look at some of the common challenges when it comes to testing in CI/CD and will explore just why Test automation in CI/CD should not be hard!

Why is integrating tests in CI/CD complex?

Diverse testing tools and types

Integrating different types of tests within the CI/CD workflow can be quite a puzzle. Each test, like integration testing, performance testing, or security testing, has its unique needs and tools.

Configuring each of these tools might require setting up test runners and services in the pipeline which just adds to the complexity of setting up the pipeline, is time-consuming, and affects the maintainability of the pipeline. 

Increased complexity of CI/CD steps

Within the CI/CD pipeline, there are numerous steps involved each with numerous lines of code. And as the number of steps increases, the complexity mounts and it can become increasingly difficult to visualize and manage. 

The sheer volume of steps and code can make it difficult to discern what's happening at a glance. This complexity can give rise to bottlenecks, increased turnaround times, and a reduced understanding of the pipeline's overall health, making it harder to pinpoint issues and leading to delays.

Limited observability and reporting

Without robust reporting and alerting mechanisms, it becomes difficult to monitor how tests perform in real time. With CI/CD, tests are executed continually, and maintaining a record of their performance becomes increasingly difficult. Hence, the lack of historical data on tests is critical.

Moreover, the test results are often scattered across different places in your CI/CD, a custom dashboard could be created to achieve better observability, but this requires a significant amount of custom work, which compounds as your testing and CI/CD workflows mature. Consolidating these results and analyzing them for trends and insights becomes a daunting task.

Testkube: Simplifying Testing in CI/CD

We understood the challenges posed by testing in CI/CD and came up with Testkube - a Kubernetes native testing framework. Testkube not only leverages the power of Kubernetes scalability and functionality, it also simplifies the integration of various testing tools seamlessly into the CI/CD pipeline and gives you great observability.

Let us look at how Testkube helps decomplicate testing in CI/CD:

Bring your own tool, Testkube will execute it

Testkube adopts a "bring your own tool" philosophy. Whether you prefer Postman for API testing or k6 for performance tests, Testkube provides a cohesive platform for incorporating your preferred testing tools seamlessly with a consistent experience, always.

Its executor framework simplifies test execution, offering a common interface for running tests, and enhancing consistency. This helps simplify the integration of testing tools, fostering efficiency and scalability.

Simpler testing workflows

Testkube takes away the complexity of orchestrating test cases from your CI/CD pipeline making it lighter. This reduces the burden on the pipeline as the test workflow is off-loaded to Teskube speeding up the overall process.

For example, imagine a software release process that integrates a complex mix of performance tests. By shifting the performance testing workflow to Testkube, the CI/CD pipeline can focus on its core tasks, ensuring a smoother and more efficient software release.

Test observability at its core

Visibility into the test execution process is of great importance in CI/CD, and Testkube takes it a step further by providing a comprehensive dashboard that offers real-time insights into the status of tests. This dashboard is your command center, giving you a bird's-eye view of test execution.

Testkube helps you keep track of your test executions, allowing you to revisit past results and track improvements over time. It doesn't stop there – Testkube offers webhooks to seamlessly integrate with external tools and configure alerting, ensuring that you're promptly informed of any critical developments.

Testkube Pro Features

While Testkube has capabilities that significantly simplify testing in CI/CD pipeline, it doesn't stop there. Testkube offers an array of pro features that take your testing efforts to the next level.

  • AI Insights: Testkube's AI Insights feature revolutionizes test result analysis. It leverages AI for faster and more accurate examination of test results. With AI Insights, identifying patterns, anomalies, and performance trends in your testing process becomes a breeze. Refer to your previous blog post on AI insights to know how it works. 
  • Status Page: Testkube's Status Page provides a consolidated view of all services and tests you want to monitor. This single status page simplifies tracking, making it easy to keep an eye on the health and performance of your tests and services in real time.
  • Multi-Environment Support: Managing multiple Kubernetes environments has never been easier. Testkube's Multi-Environment Support lets you configure and monitor various Kubernetes setups, all from a single, centralized dashboard. This streamlines the view into different environments, enhancing your ability to oversee them efficiently.
  • RBAC (Role-Based Access Control): Security is paramount, and Testkube's RBAC feature adds an extra layer of protection. With Role-Based Access Control, you have granular control over user and group management, ensuring access only to authorized individuals or teams.

Check out the complete list of Testkube features.

Summary

By simplifying the integration of testing tools, offering standardized configurations, and orchestrating diverse test types through its executor framework, Testkube streamlines the entire testing process.

Furthermore, Testkube's pro features, such as AI Insights, a consolidated Status Page, multi-environment support, and Role-Based Access Control, elevate your testing efforts to new heights. 

With Testkube, you're equipped to conquer the challenges of CI/CD, achieving greater efficiency, scalability, and security in your software development journey. To sum things up, Test automation isn’t hard with Testkube!

Get started with Testkube and experience all the features that it brings to the table. You can also join our Slack community for guidance and support.

About Testkube

Testkube is a test execution and orchestration framework for Kubernetes that works with any CI/CD system and testing tool you need, empowering teams to deliver on the promise of agile, efficient, and comprehensive testing programs by leveraging all the capabilities of K8s to eliminate CI/CD bottlenecks, perfecting your testing workflow. Get started with Testkube for free.