New Parasoft Service Virtualization Release Provides Advanced Support for Mainframes, Complex Data Structures

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Parasoft Service Virtualization Solution reduces the cost and complexity of developing and testing complex systems.


Parasoft announced today a new release of its Jolt-award winning Service Virtualization solution. Parasoft Service Virtualization helps development and QA teams access the complete, realistic test environments needed to develop or test an application. It is commonly applied in the following situations:

  •     Agile and parallel development: To avoid the process bottlenecks that commonly occur when teams are developing/testing interconnected system components in parallel.
  •     Performance testing: To rapidly configure realistic and consistent transaction performance from dependent system components as well as avoid the often-exorbitant access fees and wait times associated with performance testing.
  •     Mobile testing: To simulate the behavior of both internal networks and telecom networks that are outside the control of developers and testers.
  •     End-to-end functional testing: To provide access to all the distributed system components involved in the end-to-end transaction—with the necessary configurations—whenever the team is ready to test.

The latest release introduces advanced service virtualization for mainframes and enables fast, easy manipulation of complex data structures for use in defining sophisticated simulation behavior.

Service Virtualization for Mainframes

Developing and testing applications that leverage a mainframe environment can be a complex, costly, and time-consuming endeavor due to factors such as complexity of access, the cost of MIPS consumption, and the operational cost and delays involved in making changes to mainframe components. These challenges are compounded in Agile and iterative development environments. By providing ubiquitous access to simulated test environments, Parasoft service virtualization significantly reduces the costs and constraints traditionally associated with developing or testing open systems that communicate with (or leverage) mainframe assets.

Parasoft’s Service Virtualization enables organizations to simulate the application under test’s interactions with subsystems ranging from DB2 databases, to CICS regions, to IMS. This communication may occur over protocols such as MQ, HTTP, TCP/IP, and JDBC, and it may involve payloads such as Copybook, XML, fixed-length or other custom message format. This not only promotes faster, more complete testing, but also minimizes disruption to high-value mainframe resources that could be better utilized for runtime or later-stage testing and validation.

"There are obviously many benefits associated with simulating interactions involving the mainframe," explained Mark Lambert, VP of Global Services at Parasoft. "One of the most pressing right now is addressing the conflicting business and operational requirements between mainframe teams and more agile or iterative development approaches. Service Virtualization alleviates that tension. It minimizes disruption to high-value mainframe resources and at the same time enables the development and QA teams working with open systems to have full access to (and control over) the test environment…anytime, anywhere."

Graphical Manipulation of Complex Data Structures

Teams can now parameterize virtual asset responses with highly-complex data structures. The same data sets can be leveraged across Parasoft’s service virtualization and API/Cloud testing solutions. With graphical representation of the hierarchical data, users can easily review and extend the data structure and contents. Records from one data set can be referenced in other data sets to simplify editing and management of large data sets with a high level of data reuse.

Service Virtualization Details

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About Parasoft
For 25 years, Parasoft has researched and developed software solutions that help organizations define and deliver defect-free software efficiently. By integrating Development Testing, API testing, and service virtualization, we reduce the time, effort, and cost of delivering secure, reliable, and compliant software. Parasoft's enterprise and embedded development solutions are the industry's most comprehensive—including static analysis, unit testing with requirements traceability, functional & load testing, dev/test environment management, and more. The majority of Fortune 500 companies rely on Parasoft in order to produce top-quality software consistently and efficiently.

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