Shifting tests ahead, or to the left, in the software development lifecycle helps find defects faster, apply fixes more efficiently and release a higher quality product sooner. When it comes to shift-left software testing, the more sophisticated the test cases the better. Unfortunately, typical monitoring solutions can’t deliver the meaningful results teams need to optimize their applications in pre-production.
Shift-left testing with IBM® Instana® Observability provides real-time visibility into the performance and behavior of the application or system being tested to help software teams pinpoint and fix issues early in the development process. When employing a shift-left testing methodology, Instana helps improve the quality and reliability of the product, while reducing the time and effort required for testing.
The moment Instana is installed, its agent automatically discovers every application and infrastructure component in your stack. In addition to avoiding time-consuming manual configuration, it greatly limits the risk of missing components or entire parts of the architecture. Start benchmarking and comparing all application components, nodes, containers and architectural components right away.
By automatically mapping dependencies between applications, services and infrastructure components, Instana gives you full visibility into how each element impacts everything else. Seeing upstream and downstream effects enable you to pinpoint the root cause of issues faster, limiting time spent on triage and issue resolution.
The whole point of continuous testing is to verify the performance of applications every time they act. With Instana, a new infrastructure snapshot is captured every second, so it delivers a much more enhanced version of the same metrics gathered by legacy monitoring tools that rely on sampling.
Instana automatically and continuously traces every request through the entire system, allowing for the easy identification of problems like slow queries or inefficient code. By delivering full context around each trace, Instana gives you the information you need to triage issues faster throughout the software development process.
Instana provides performance baseline analysis that helps teams identify potential roadblocks and bottlenecks in application performance. No matter what testing strategies are used, this allows teams to identify potential problems before they become significant issues.
Instana integrates with your DevOps toolchain to provide continuous feedback loops that help testing and development teams detect and address issues before they are deployed to production. This leads to faster time to market, better software quality and higher customer satisfaction.
Instana integrates with other monitoring tools, such as log management and network monitoring tools like IBM® Turbonomic®, to provide a comprehensive view of application performance across the entire IT infrastructure with no plug-ins or application restarts.
IBM Instana Observability gives everyone across the enterprise user-friendly access to the data they want with the context they need to deliver rapid issue prevention and remediation.