Self-hosted versions price revision

With effect from 15th June, 2015 – the prices for self-hosted versions will be revised from $150/user to $200/user. Unlimited user license will be revised from $8000 to $9500.

Save big on self-hosted license if you decide to buy before 15th June.

New execution interface for faster and flexible executions

Currently our test execution popup works well for many teams where sequential-execution is a must. But it has a drawback: flexibility.
Many teams need flexibility in their testing without enforcing order of test cases execution. We’ve now made such a scenario possible with new execution interface. So, instead of popup, your test case information is displayed side-by-side as test cases tree list. This means, you can jump to any test case or suite in middle of execution and come back to test case where you left, very easily.

This feature is currently alpha and is available on request while we collect more feedback from users. It will be available as configurable option on all instances soon.

Jan 14, 2015: Unpexpected outages in last 24 hours

First off, we apologize to all our hosted customers for two consecutive outages in last 24 hours which resulted in downtime of 15 minutes and 60 minutes respectively.

What went wrong?
Our billing server had an unexpected issues at data center which required a manual restart – this should have been simple enough. But due to some issue, server was stuck while restart operation. Although the application server (HTTP Server + DB) was running all the time during both outages, it interacts with billing server – and when it failed to do so, many of you saw following error:
“Plan for this account has been expired. Contact your account owner”

What we’re doing to avoid this in future?
Note: As much as I’d like to put this in simple words but if you’re not a web expert you might not understand this part but we’d still like to keep things transparent with all of you.

  • Response from billing server will be cached for longer time period – so downtime on billing server won’t affect the application functioning.
  • DNS Cache times will be increased, so any failure on DNS servers won’t affect application accessibility for those with almost expiring DNS cache records.
  • We’re also considering new options to communicate with our customers during downtime.
  • First two changes are to be implemented immediately within 48 hours.

    Once again, we apologize for this inconvenience.

    1 JIRA 6 plugin for two-way integration with Test Collab

    Many of you asked for it, so here it is. We are sorry for a little delay in this release – but now it is here and ready to use. Visit Downloads page.
    For those of you who missed our little demo on two-way integration, please take a look at our previous blog post on Two-way integration. Note that we have used Redmine to prepare a video demonstration, same features and functionality is available on JIRA 5 and 6 versions.
    We hope you’ll like this release and as always for any support, queries and feedback – feel free.

    3

    Test Automation for Windows and Linux

    Imagine being able to track your manual and automated test results from a same place. Sounds cool right? With Test Collab not only you can do exactly that but also assign tests to human or machine with just a few clicks without messing up with a dozen APIs or doing custom code. The bottom line is:

    1. You create test and store them in your test case manager so other team members can run it.
    2. Few of these tests are automated too.
    3. But there is no easy way to keep track of automated results for each test. Okay, maybe your build server does that but then again you have to check test results at two different places: Test Case manager for manual test and Build server for automated test.
    4. And to run manual test, you will assign an execution to your team. Similarly you will trigger a new build on your build server for running automated tests.

       

      We know this is unproductive so we bring you our new improved remote executor.

    For people who never read about remote executors yet, here’s a quick summary: Test Collab Remote Executor turns your machine into a test slave which is used to run automated tests. It posts all necessary info produced while testing to Test Collab server for analysis. Check the how-to screen cast here (little outdated) – it isn’t best explanation but will help you in a basic way. For further help, you can always reach our support team.

    While we launched this quite a while back, but now we revamped the whole thing and added support for linux platform too. This is first stable release of our remote executor. Download here

    1 Introducing new licensing options: site license and free for non-profits

    We’ve introduced two new types of licenses for Test Collab: site licenses (i.e. no restrictions on number of users) and free licenses for non-profit groups.

    Site license is available for both self-hosted and hosted instances. For hosted site license, we deploy your account on a dedicated instance which would be dynamically and automatically scaled as per your needs. You wouldn’t have to worry about storage/space/memory etc. ever. Read more about the new pricing options

    Free licenses are meant for non-profit groups and are issued on case-by-case basis. Please contact us at support@testcollab.com with your firm and registration details, along with a basic description of where you intend to use Test Collab. Not-for-profit open source projects are also welcome too.