This environment is typically provisioned to support functional and nonfunctional testing activities. They use smaller instances, and they are not configured for HA and auto scaling (during functional testing). This environment can be configured for auto scaling and HA (only when required) for nonfunctional testing. Like the development environment, this environment is shut down on a daily basis and during holidays and weekends. Application deployments in this environment are as per the planned project schedule (to match testing cycles).