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my thoughts on test automation

Switching from one external Selenium Grid test execution provider to another

Some companies outsourced their Selenium Grid test execution environments to external companies. It has a number of advantages as well as disadvantages, as I wrote in one of my former posts. Some companies which are using external test environments, consider switching to competition. The question is – is there a competition? Yes, there is. However it is more limited, than you can assume. First of all, you need to be aware of what you are looking for. There are many cross-browser testing solutions available, but most of them are not what you are looking for. If you outsourced Selenium Grid (i.e. hub and nodes), this is what you want to replace. Any online solution offering screenshot capturing of given URL, or providing VMs for manual test execution is not what you are looking for. So, what are the options? At the moment, there are a few I am aware of. Sauce Labs is probably the most popular option. BrowserStack is another one. TestingBot is yet another one. There is one more, Gridlastic, which is based on Amazon EC2. A few to pick from.

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