STARWEST 2019 Concurrent Session : How Infrastructure as Code Can Help Test Organizations Achieve Automation


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

How Infrastructure as Code Can Help Test Organizations Achieve Automation

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For many test organizations, the first hurdle to automating the testing of a product is deployment of that product in its test environments. Infrastructure as code can be used to facilitate the basic processes of provisioning servers, from bare metal to virtual to cloud, as well as configuration management of the software that resides on the servers. Off-the-shelf infrastructure-as-code tools such as AWS CloudFormation, Chef, Puppet, and Ansible provide less expensive alternatives to developing proprietary in-house deployment solutions. Join Kat Rocha to learn how infrastructure as code can better align test and production environments and reduce problems that arise from configuration drift. We will explore how to use some Infrastructure-as-code tools to facilitate automation and improve testing.


Kat Rocha has over twenty years of experience in Test Engineering and is currently a Senior QA Engineer at ACT/NRCCUA. She has managed and lead test teams at Imperva, The Advisory Board Co., Dell, HP and Compaq, working on computer hardware, software and firmware. Kat loves to break things and that makes her passionate about quality and customer experiences. She has a Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and a BS in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M. She also likes to run half-marathons and is a 2019 Texas State Champion in taekwondo.