Electric Cloud Announces Support for Building and Testing Software in the Public Cloud
Company That Pioneered Private Cloud Computing for Software Production Extends its Offerings to Public Cloud
Sunnyvale, Calif., July 14, 2009 Electric Cloud® the leading provider of software production management (SPM) solutions, announced the extension of its offerings to the public cloud. For the first time, it is possible for software developers to automate and accelerate the software production process on physical, virtual or public cloud computing resources.
The company’s ElectricCommander® software production automation solution now features an integration with the Amazon Web Services™ platform. This allows ElectricCommander to dynamically manage computing resources running in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), in addition to or instead of running on in-house resources. Further, Electric Cloud’s full product line is now validated to run entirely on the Amazon Web Services platform.
“Electric Cloud is making the public cloud a viable option for companies to provision a complex build-test-deploy environment outside of their own firewalls,” said Mike Maciag, CEO of Electric Cloud. “With our Software Production Management solutions, customers can tap internal and external cloud environments on demand to eliminate overhead and reduce IT costs.”
Since 2004, Electric Cloud has been helping its customers build private clouds using physical and virtual machine resources to automate, accelerate and analyze build and test processes for the purposes of reducing costs and shortening development cycles. Electric Cloud has routinely provisioned private compute clouds with hundreds of physical or virtual machines. This has given the company unique expertise in solving the scalability, manageability and security issues inherent in public cloud computing.
According to Theresa Lanowitz, founder and CEO of industry analyst firm voke, inc., there is an increase in interest for external cloud services, such as Amazon EC2, among both SMBs and large enterprises, which are all seeking leaner application environments for faster and more flexible delivery of products and services that internal computing assets may not be able to match. “Economic factors are driving organizations to do more with less. Organizations are exploring public, private and hybrid cloud solutions to optimize resources. The build and test cycle is a great fit for using external clouds and virtual labs because software production teams require significant server resources for short amounts of time,” added Lanowitz. “Rather than own and maintain those resources, it usually makes more sense to lease them on an as-needed basis. This helps manage resources effectively across the lifecycle and increase productivity. Our statistics show that organizations with effective Software Production Management solutions can increase productivity by a factor of 15 times.”
Electric Cloud’s Software Production Management solutions were built from the ground up to support the world’s most complex build-test-deploy environments. Regardless of where the computing assets are located, Electric Cloud offers the following enterprise-class features that help companies gain maximum benefits from virtual and cloud-based environments:
- Step-level parallel processing – enables customers to break down a large process, such as a build or a suite of tests, into individual steps, so each can run in parallel on separate resources for faster throughput.
- Support for heterogeneous builds and tests with a single system – to support the most complex development environments, Electric Cloud is OS- and platform-agnostic.
- Integration with leading virtualization solutions – Electric Cloud supports virtual machines from vendors including VM Ware and Microsoft.
- Enterprise security – only Electric Cloud provides fine-grained access controls, strong encryption, and other security measures necessary to ensure that procedures are safe when run outside the corporate firewall.
- Multiple team, multiple project support – no matter where the teams are physically located, Electric Cloud can support their people and projects with a single system.
“Adding public cloud resources at strategic times in the build-test-deploy cycle will enable software teams around to achieve even greater efficiencies,” said Martin Van Ryswyk, vice president of engineering at Electric Cloud. “But once companies move these mission-critical operations outside the firewall, it’s critical that they maintain the same enterprise standards they employ inside their walls, or else the effort can be risky and costly. That’s why using purpose-built automation and management solutions like ours are important considerations when contemplating running procedures such as builds and tests in an public cloud environment.”
Electric Cloud solutions that leverage Amazon EC2 cloud computing resources are available immediately by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Electric Cloud
Electric Cloud is the leading provider of software production management (SPM) solutions. Electric Cloud solutions automate, accelerate and analyze software build-test-deploy processes to optimize both physical and virtual IT environments. The company's patented and award-winning products help development organizations to speed time to market, boost developer productivity, and improve software quality. Leading companies across a variety of industries, including semiconductors, enterprise IT, ISVs, mobile devices, and transactional Web sites rely on Electric Cloud's Software Production Management solutions to transform software production from a liability to a competitive advantage. For customer inquiries please contact Electric Cloud at (408) 419-4300 or www.electric-cloud.com.
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