Imagine that you have just finished building what you hope to be the perfect web application. Hours of coding and preparation has led you to this moment. You install in on your server and begin your first test. To your surprise, it chokes and takes your server with it.
If you have ever been in this situation, you know how dangerous it can be to test web applications on a production server. Instead you need some form of test server. One possible solution is to use virtualization. You can install your application within a virtual machine and test as much as you want. The downside is that it takes up valuable system resources.
Another option is to use a cloud service to test your applications. Some cloud service providers offer hourly server platforms that you can deploy with the click of a button. Once the environment is up and running to your specifications, you can install your test application and go to work.
Once you are finished testing and debugging your web application, you can uninstall it and even remove your test environment completely. Since you only pay for hourly usage, you can even shut down the cloud test server when not in use to save money. Without having to worry about maintenance, cleanup, or tying up system resources, the cloud may provide the perfect test platform for web applications.