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What Is Service Virtualization

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If you've had to test one of today's composite applications, you know that "access" has become one of the most daunting barriers to SDLC acceleration. Whether we're talking about access to dev/test environments or access to dependent applications, the ability to pull all the required pieces together in order to test thoroughly is equivalent to herding feral cats.

If you haven't experienced this fun firsthand, consider this: our recent research revealed that systems under test have an average of  30 dependencies, but team members have consistent access to only 6.  The time available to access test environments is extremely limited (4 hour slots) and 30% of that limited time was consumed by configuration/setup tasks. Ultimately, testers had time to execute only 50% of the available test plan.

Service virtualization is a revolutionary new technology that helps you break through these constraints by providing ubiquitous, global access to complete dev/test environments. Organizations leveraging service virtualization are able to conduct testing earlier, faster, more thoroughly, and more accurately—significantly reducing the risk of application failure.

In case you're just starting to explore service virtualization, we've compiled the following playlist to help you understand what it is and if it's a good fit for you organization.

Gain Access to Constrained Test Environments

How Service Virtualization Complements Staged Test Environments

How Service Virtualization Complements Virtual Test Labs

Why Service Virtualization Is Essential for Mobile App Development and Testing

Parasoft Service Virtualization

Gartner Research: Service Virtualization

Read new Gartner research for insight on why service virtualization is a "must-have" for accelerating the SDLC, a first-hand look at service virtualization at Comcast, & recommendations for organizations getting started with service virtualization and SDLC acceleration.

Parasoft Service Virtualization Resources

Want to learn more about service virtualization? Browse the case studies, papers, and more in Parasoft's Service Virtualization Resource Center.

More Stories By Wayne Ariola

Wayne Ariola is Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Parasoft, a leading provider of integrated software development management, quality lifecycle management, and dev/test environment management solutions. He leverages customer input and fosters partnerships with industry leaders to ensure that Parasoft solutions continuously evolve to support the ever-changing complexities of real-world business processes and systems. Ariola has more than 15 years of strategic consulting experience within the technology and software development industries. He holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MBA from Indiana University.