• What Are Virtual Clocks And Their Functions?

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    A time travel software is a product that offers thousands of virtual clocks that can be used when testing different kinds of applications. It can be used for situations that require time zone manipulation and what-if analyses. It is a trusted solution that has long been used by some Fortune 100, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies.

    This software can give you as many as 20,000 virtual clocks, each of which you set to any date and time, whether in the past or future. You may also adjust its speed capability to fast, slow, or frozen. Testers or users of this tool can run their applications at the speed they desire, may it be 1,000 faster or 1,000 slower than real time. This software eliminates the necessity of resetting the system clock, which as we all know is time-intensive, prone to errors, and not allowed in secured environments. By using these virtual clocks, testers get to save hours and even days that would have been spent waiting for the entire system to shut down and boot up just because the system time was changed. This results to a boost in productivity. In addition to that, the availability of multiple virtual clocks means that a single test environment can become multiple test environments because these virtual clocks can be run concurrently.

    Keep in mind that without this software, you will either be left with the choice of waiting for the needed time or date or reset the system clock to the desired date and time required for the application testing. Waiting around for appropriate time and date is not only impractical but also a waste of your resources. Meanwhile, resetting your system clock could lead to data corruption especially if set at a past date. Your system will also consider this move as a system reload time, where in all applications, databases, as well as the operating system will be shut down and reloaded one by one.

    In most cases, testers have limited access and that means system, application, and database administrators need to be tapped to complete the system reload. But with the use of the software, testers no longer need the help of these administrators and they no longer have to wait as long as three days for the system reload to finish. They can simply set the virtual clocks to the date and time needed without having to go through all the aforementioned inconveniences.

    Without the software, your testers only have clock, the system clock, at their disposal. This means that test availability is restricted. If one tester is working on a certain date that’s different from the date needed by all the other testers, the rest of the team needs to wait for each testers before him to finish. However, with the software, they can transform one single environment into multiple test environment.
    Lastly, if your testers need to work with secured environments such as the Active Directory or Kerberos, they will not be allowed to change the system time. The software is the only solution when it comes to forward date testing.