Shift-Left Reliability Testing

Catch reliability risks before they make it to production. With Gremlin, you can integrate reliability testing early in the software development lifecycle, mitigating risks and enhancing user experience from day one.
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Test what other methods can’t

Shift-left reliability testing takes a holistic view of system resilience, augmenting traditional unit, functional, integration, and end-to-end testing.

While unit tests focus on individual components and functional tests validate specific features, reliability testing is designed to simulate real-world adverse conditions that could impact your system's availability, scalability, and overall user experience. 

With a framework for reliability testing built into your SDLC, you build the necessary confidence to conduct these tests in production environments, ensuring your systems are truly resilient under real-world conditions.

Identify reliability risks early

To improve reliability and prevent unplanned outages, you need to understand the vulnerabilities in your system.

Gremlin helps you identify these weak areas quickly and accurately by automatically detecting risks in your configurations, testing your systems against known causes of incidents and outages, and providing tooling to perform safe and secure Chaos Engineering experiments to uncover unknown issues. 

With Gremlin, teams can take proactive measures by testing throughout the SDLC, enhancing system resilience before issues arise and building software that can better withstand these issues when they do occur.

Understand system behavior in the real world

True reliability requires a proactive defense against diverse failure scenarios. Gremlin facilitates this by enabling the replication of real-world incidents through orchestrated reliability tests.

Gremlin includes an extensive library of pre-configured scenarios and enables you to build your own scenarios to validate against any type of incident. Need to ensure your customers won’t be impacted by resource saturation, significant latency, or the loss of a data center, availability zone, or cloud provider? Gremlin has you covered with these scenarios and more.\ \ Scenarios can also be shared across teams, fostering an organizational culture prioritizing reliability so your teams can validate deployments to keep availability high and reduce unplanned downtime.

Align testing with best-practices and organizational concerns

Out-of-the-box, Gremlin offers a uniform reliability test suite based on industry best practices and real-world causes of incidents that can be deployed across every service and team.

For deeper control and standards, customize the test suite or deploy your own based on organizational needs or compliance requirements from the OCC, DORA, SOC 2 availability pillar, and more. Foster trust and enable rapid, confident deployments by ensuring each infrastructure provision or code deployment meets the resilience standards for your organization.

With standardized test suites, CD/CD integrations, and team- and organization-level reporting, Gremlin not only fortifies the overall reliability of enterprise operations, but improves efficiencies and reduces manual efforts.

Improve reliability across your entire stack

Gremlin’s cloud-native platform is designed for maximum adaptability, able to operate efficiently across multi-cloud, hybrid, or on-premises architectures. 

Gremlin supports all public cloud environments (including AWS, Azure, and GCP) and runs on Linux, Windows, containerized environments like Kubernetes, serverless platforms like AWS Lambda, and, yes, bare metal, too. It integrates with the CI/CD, observability, and performance tools you already use so you can incorporate it with your current tooling and workflows.

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