There are several areas in Big Data where big data testing strategy is required. There are various types of testing in Big Data projects such as Database testing, Infrastructure, and Performance Testing, and Functional testing. Big Data defined as a large volume of data structured or unstructured. Data may exist in any format like flat files, images, videos, etc.
The primary Big data characteristics are three V's - Volume, Velocity, and Variety where volume represents the size of the data collected from various sources like sensors, transactions, velocity described as the speed (handle and process rates) and variety represents the formats of data. Learn more about Continuous Load Testing in this insight. The primary example of Big Data is E-commerce sites such as Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and any other E-commerce site which have millions of visitors and products.
There are various steps involved in working strategy of Big Data Testing:
1. Data Ingestion Testing
In this, data collected from multiple sources such as CSV, sensors, logs, social media, etc. and further, store it into HDFS. In this testing, the primary motive is to verify that the data adequately extracted and correctly loaded into HDFS or not. Tester has to ensure that the data properly ingests according to the defined schema and also have to verify that there is no data corruption. The tester validates the correctness of data by taking some little sample source data, and after ingestion, compares both source data and ingested data with each other. And further, data loaded into HDFS into desired locations. Tools - Apache Zookeeper, Kafka, Sqoop, Flume
2. Data Processing Testing
In this type of testing, the primary focus is on aggregated data. Whenever the ingested data processes, validate whether the business logic is implemented correctly or not. And further, validate it by comparing the output files with input files. Tools - Hadoop, Hive, Pig, Oozie
3. Data Storage Testing
The output stored in HDFS or any other warehouse. The tester verifies the output data correctly loaded into the warehouse by comparing the output data with the warehouse data. Tools - HDFS, HBase
4. Data Migration Testing
Majorly, the need for Data Migration is only when an application moved to a different server or if there is any technology change. So basically data migration is a process where the entire data of the user migrated from the old system to the new system. Data Migration testing is a process of migration from the old system to the new system with minimal downtime, with no data loss. For smooth migration (elimination defects), it is essential to carry out Data Migration testing. There are different phases of migration test -
Pre-Migration Testing - In this phase, the scope of the data sets, what data included and excluded. Many tables, count of data and records are noted down.
Migration Testing - This is the actual migration of the application. In this phase, all the hardware and software configurations checked adequately according to the new system. Moreover, verifies the connectivity between all the components of the application.
Post_Migration Testing - In this phase, check whether all the data migrated or not in the new application, is there any data loss or not. Any functionality changed or not.
All the Big Data Applications involve the processing of significant data in a very short interval of time due to which there is a requirement of vast computing resources. And for such type of projects, architecture also plays an important role here. Any architecture issue can lead to performance bottlenecks in the process. So it is necessary to use Performance Testing to avoid bottlenecks. Following are some points on which Performance Testing majorly focused:
Data loading and Throughput - In this area, the rate at which the data consumed from different sources and the rate at which the data created in the data store observed.
6. Data Processing Speed
Sub-System Performance - In this, the performance of the individual components tested which are the part of the overall application. Sometimes it is necessary to identify the bottlenecks.
Functional Testing performed by testing the front end application according to the user requirements to validate the application results produced by the front end applications compared with the expected results. This process will test the complete workflow from Big Data Ingestion to Data Visualization.
How to adopt Big Data Testing Strategy?
Steps to adopt big data are listed below:
Implement Live integration - Live integration is important as data comes from different sources. Perform End-to-End Testing.
Big Data Testing plays a vital role in Big Data Systems. If Big Data systems not appropriately tested, then it will affect business, and it will also become tough to understand the error, cause of the failure and where it occurs. Due to which finding the solution for the problem also becomes difficult. If Big Data Testing performed correctly, then it will prevent the wastage of resources in the future.
The revolution in Big Data is starting to transform how companies organize, operate, manage talent, and create value. Source- Big Data
What are the Best Practices of Big Data Testing?
The below mentioned are the best practices of Big Data Testing:
Testing based on requirements
Prioritize the fixing of bugs
Stay connected with the context
To save time, automate it
Test objective should be clear
What are the Big Data Testing Tools?
There are various Big Data tools/components -
HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System)
Concluding the Holistic Strategy
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