What Is Microsoft Azure Used for

What Is Microsoft Azure Used for [2021]

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The question most companies ask is, what is Microsoft azure used for? How does it work? How can it benefit them?

If you’re also seeking answers to such questions, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll answer all these questions and simplify ways it can maximize your businesses’ efficiency and benefits.

Microsoft Azure is a powerful cloud computing platform launched in February 2010. Azure is an ideal solution for businesses and enterprises to extend capabilities, solve challenges, and build innovative solutions.

Currently, there are 42 data centers worldwide for Microsoft Azure.

Azure solutions comprise software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and platform as a service (PaaS) used for virtual computing, analytics, storage, and networking services.

Microsoft Azure allows users to utilize Microsoft’s cloud services and resources to store and manage data. Additionally, It supports many programming languages, such as Java, C#, and Node Js.

What is Microsoft Azure Used for?

Companies and enterprises across the globe use Microsoft Azure for computing, networking, IoT, artificial intelligence, storage, integration, security, developer tools, DevOps, web services, and other machine learning.

Azure users can not just develop, test, and host web applications to keep them running without interruptions. They get a data storage facility, can create virtual machines, integrate virtual devices and directories, collect and save metrics,

Is Microsoft Azure Free?

The best thing about Microsoft Azure is that it’s free to start and utilizes a pay-per-use model. Simply put, users only pay for the required services.

Users get free access to multiple products— Linux Virtual Machines, Windows Virtual Machines, Managed Disks, Media Services-Encoding, Load Balancer, Blob storage, File Storage, SQL Database, VPN Gateway, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, and many more.

How Many Customers Does Azure Have?

More than 94% of Fortune 500 hundred companies employ Microsoft Azure to meet their cloud computing requirements. Microsoft Azure doesn’t reveal the number of current customers. But as per Microsoft’s 2020 Q2 report, Azure revenue growth is on the rise, and enterprise adoption was up 3% to 55% in a year.

Why Microsoft Azure?

Azure is the ultimate solution that offers advanced site recovery, unmatched flexibilities, and built-in integration to perform backup and disaster recovery seamlessly.

Azure users can host and build adaptive web and mobile apps to accelerate business operations, leverage Active Directory integration and IoT industry solutions.

If you are also looking for a reliable and efficient cloud computing solution for your business, you can get a free trial and use Azure services.

Moreover, you can connect with our Microsoft Azure Cloud Consulting Services to know more about Microsoft Azure and plan Azure implementation for your business needs.

We create innovative and business-oriented Azure solutions for businesses and enterprises to help them optimize and streamline operations.

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Integrate Katalon with Azure DevOps

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As I am going to write a blog series over Automation using Katalon Studio and Azure DevOps. I’ll cover all the topics including Automation in CICD pipeline, Reporting, Association of Test Cases, and many more in the different blog posts.

In this blog post of the series, we will see how we can integrate Katalon with Azure DevOps with Automation.

INTRODUCTION

Katalon Studio is a powerful automation tool to simplify Web, API, Mobile, Desktop Automated Tests. It can be utilized for integration with popular CI/CD tools such as Azure DevOps, Jenkins, TeamCity, etc.

You need to have Katalon Studio version 7.0.0 or later to use the Azure DevOps extension.

This extension is NOT available for Linux.

PREREQUISITES
  • Must have a Trial or Valid License (Always use your business email for trial Account).
  • Azure DevOps Service Account with the required permission.
  • Installation of Katalon for Azure DevOps extension.
  • Katalon Studio command for console mode execution.
  • The command will invoke Katalon Studio Tests task for execution so a Katalon build is needed for each execution.

So, let’s begin, please follow the below steps.

STEP 1

I am assuming you have signup on the Katalon Portal with your business account and downloaded the latest Katalon Studio.

In my case, I am using a trial license and Katalon Studio 7.3.1 to integrate Katalon with Azure DevOps. You can use a trial license which will provide access to all the features for a limited time period.

STEP 2

Go to this link to install Katalon for Azure DevOps extension. Once you have installed the extension, you will need to configure to execute the Katalon Studio Tests task to complete the integration.

STEP 3

If you already have a repo for the Katalon project on Git or Azure, then go to step 4, otherwise follow the below steps.

In Azure DevOps, I have created a separate Project for demo purposes. Inside that project, I have created a repository by importing a sample Webservice project from Katalon Git Repositories. You can use your own custom Katalon Project.

You can also create an empty repository on Azure and make a clone on your local machine. After that put your katalon project in that folder and commit those changes.

single window with different functionality
STEP 4

Regarding the Command Arguments, you can generate them from your Katalon Studio.

Click on Build CMD icon in Katalon Studio Tool. Click on the Browse button and select your Test Suit. Now click on the Generate Command button.

Note: Please leave out any irrelevant arguments such as -runmode-apiKeyOnPremises, etc.

step by step guidance to generate command for console mode
STEP 5

Now go to Pipeline in Azure DevOps to add Katalon Task.

  • If you are using Classic Editor to create a pipeline without YAML then you will get a screen like this. Search for Katalon and then click on the Add button.
step by step guidance to execute Katalon Studio Test

After adding the task, Now define the version of your Katalon Studio and Command Argument.

details form under Katalon Studio project

You can give your project path as given below by adding the relative path of your .prj file to D:\a\1\s\.

If you are using the Yaml option to create an azure pipeline. Search for Katalon and click on Task.

pipeline YAML Window

Now define the version of your Katalon Studio and Command Argument and click on Add button.

Azure pipeline YAML Window
STEP 6

 Now Save the pipeline and run it manually.

execute Katalon Studio project page

In the next blog post, I’ll write down about Reporting in Azure DevOps using Katalon.

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How to optimize automation using Azure DevOps

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In this blog, we are discussing a feature of DevOps by which we can optimize automation. Manual testing is out fashioned yet it is still important but if we work on big projects we always feel the testing phase should be performed rapidly. Here at moreYeahs we are optimizing automation using DevOps.

We are using selenium to do automation for testing of the dynamics CRM project. Using the .net Unit test project we created test cases. Under the TestClasses, we defined TestMethod which is basically test cases. Test Classes categories type of test. For best practice, we should always have some basic test cases which need to be performed each time we create a new build to do further development.

Before doing all these we need to write test cases that contain test steps. Test Steps describe the execution steps and expected results that are documented against each one of those steps. Each step is marked pass or fail based on the comparison result between the expected and actual outcomes.

basic step test

Save test case and copy its id.

Now we need to associate this test to our unit project for it we need to place code on the repository. From the test explorer, we need to associate the test as below.

Save test case and copy its id.
From the test explorer, we need to associate the test as below.

You need to add the ID of the test case created in azure DevOps’s test case.

You need to add the ID of the test case created in azure DevOps’s test case.

You got the link of a test case in ID column which directly opens into azure DevOps.

Here we are ready enough to use one of the most useful features of DevOps which provide true automation. Azure Pipelines is a cloud service that you can use to automatically build and test your code project and make it available to other users. It works with just about any language or project type. Azure Pipelines combines continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) to constantly and consistently test and build your code and ship it to any target. Azure Pipeline is its self topic which I will cover on the next blog. Here I would like to discuss the pipeline that will automate the test cases.

Before creating a pipeline we need to create a configuration of test plan in Azure DevOps. The configuration is a platform on which the test code will run. Like which OS to use, which browser to use, etc. All these definitions provided in the configuration.

You got the link of a test case in ID column which directly opens into azure DevOps.

We need to assign a configuration to test suits so suits will use configuration to run its test cases.

The configuration platform

Now we are good to use pipeline’s vsTest task add it into a pipeline and configure it below.

Select test plan from the dropdown, select test suits, select test configuration.

check Test mix contains UI test as it is automation we need to check this.

Save and queue the pipeline and run it

Save and queue the pipeline and run it. you can see real-time logs as tasks are running.

We can get a summary of test cases also we can get logs of fail test cases.

We can get a summary of test cases also we can get logs of fail test cases. All these features going to provide ease in the development process and help develop more effective softwares.

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Project Development + Azure DevOps = Happy Developers

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AZURE DEVOPS IN ACTION

WHAT IS AZURE DEVOPS?

Azure DevOps having a bunch of tools for developing and deploying end-to-end software. It has a very efficient capability to integrate with various leading tools used in software development. We don’t need to worry about language, a platform it supports most of it and provides you the ease of managing software development.

 

HOW AZURE DEVOPS CAN HELP?

  • Azure Boards:
    You have to accept that while working on the project your team need various tool to manage their work items. Azure Board going to provide your team bunch of tools and services that manage the work for your software projects. With integrated reporting, customizable dashboard, managing your scrums meeting.
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Azure Pipelines:
This is the most exciting feature when it is an action that gives us the power to automatically build and test your project and provide it to other users as well. It flexible for any language or project type.
Azure Pipelines combines continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) to constantly and consistently test and build your code and ship it to any target.

CI/CD Pipline
  • Azure Repos:
    Manage your code with version control tools provides you trackability on every check-in check-out. Working as a team we always need version control for a project code. Its always good practice to implement it.Azure Repos provides two types of version control: 1)Git: distributed version control 2)Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC): centralized version control
  • Azure Artifacts:
    With Azure Artifacts you can create and share Maven, npm, and NuGet package feeds from public and private sources with teams of any size. You can add fully integrated package management to your continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines with a single click.
Azure Artifact
  • Azure Test Plans:
    Quality is a vital aspect of software systems, and manual testing and exploratory testing continue to be an important technique for maximizing this. In today’s software development processes, everybody in the team owns quality – including developers, managers, product owners, user experience advocates, and more.Azure DevOps and TFS provide rich and powerful tools everyone in the team can use to drive quality and collaboration throughout the development process. The easy-to-use, browser-based test management solution provides all the capabilities required for planned manual testing, user acceptance testing, exploratory testing, and gathering feedback from stakeholders.
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IN THE UPCOMING BLOG, I WILL DESCRIBE OUR USER STORY OF HOW AZURE DEVOPS HELPS US IN PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, AUTOMATING TESTING AND MANAGING WORK ITEMS. STAY TUNED AND ☮