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Cloud Computing: Powering the Future of Development and Testing


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Developers and testers are under constant pressure to operate more efficiently, cut costs, and deliver on time. Without access to scalable, flexible, and cost effective computing resources, these …

Developers and testers are under constant pressure to operate more efficiently, cut costs, and deliver on time. Without access to scalable, flexible, and cost effective computing resources, these challenges are magnified. Brett Goodwin explains how to create scalable dev/test environments in the cloud, and shares best practices for reducing cycle time and decreasing project costs. Learn how scalable, cloud-based data centers can run software without complicated re-writes; enable rapid defect resolution with snapshots and clones; and provide global collaboration for multiple product and release teams. Brett presents a case study of Cushman and Wakefield, the world's largest privately held real estate services firm, which struggled with an on-premises development and testing environment. By moving its dev/test infrastructure to the cloud, they reduced provisioning time from days to minutes, within four months doubled the number of projects supported, and improved collaboration among dispersed teams.

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  • 1.           BW11 Concurrent Session  11/7/2012 10:15 AM                "Cloud Computing: Powering the Future of Development and Testing"       Presented by: Brian White Skytap, Inc.           Brought to you by:        340 Corporate Way, Suite 300, Orange Park, FL 32073  888‐268‐8770 ∙ 904‐278‐0524 ∙ ∙
  • 2.     Brian White Skytap As vice president of products at Skytap, Brian White is responsible for product strategy and product management. Prior to Skytap, he was director of developer resources for Amazon Web Services where he launched AWS Elastic Beanstalk, a platform-as-aservice. Brian was previously VP of products for iConclude, the leader in the Run Book Automation space, which was acquired by Opsware and then HP, where he drove product direction for what is now HP Operations Orchestration and the Network Automation System. Brian had earlier held senior product management and technical sales positions for Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and IBM Rational’s ClearCase/ClearQuest product line.  
  • 3. Cloud Computing:  Powering the Future of Development and Testing Brian White, VP of Products Cloud‐enabled Development “Provisioning infrastructure for our Application Development Teams went from 3 months to less than an hour.” - Keith Weisel, IT Manager 2 1
  • 4. Cloud‐enabled Development Can cloud computing make you faster & more agile? 3 What is Cloud Computing? • Compute, Storage, and Networking  Resources • Delivered as a service • Instant access and self service management  via web interfaces and APIs • Pay for usage model 4 2
  • 5. Agile Development Model • Short release cycles which deliver customer value • Welcome changing business requirements • Collaboration with business and customer stakeholders Customer  Problem 1 Design Customer  Problem 2 Design Develop Customer  Problem 3 Develop Test 3 to 6 week release cycle Develop Ship Ship Test Design 3 to 6 week release cycle Test 3 to 6 week release cycle 5 Infrastructure Challenges with Agile Development Slow to  Provision • • Ordering and provisioning requests take weeks or longer  Lower priority than production operations Difficult to  Change • • Difficult to change and recycle hardware once ordered Not easy to re‐configured Memory, CPU, Disk  • • Sharing environments or “copies” of environments with remote  teams or customers is not practical Reproducing complex bugs requires snapshots of full environments Reproducing complex bugs requires snapshots of full environments • • • Costly to maintain state of the art hardware for dev/test Costly to duplicate production environments Capital expense vs. Operating expense Difficult to  Share High Cost 6 3
  • 6. 1. Rapid Provisioning Time to Results Per Project 2 to 3 weeks In‐house 1 day Days • Quicker Release Cycles • Faster Time to Market • Positive Business Impact Time liberated to focus for strategic priorities Hybrid 0 5 Purchasing 10 Set‐up 15 Changes 20 25 Tear down In-house data based on customer input 7 2. Easy to Change Infrastructure 8 4
  • 7. 2. Easy to Change Infrastructure CPU RAM Disks NICs 9 3. Improved Collaboration Add to a Project / Publish Customer Environment Developer 1 Virtual Environment Save as Template Virtual Environment Golden Template Developer 2 Virtual Environment 10 5
  • 8. 4. Lower Costs Isn’t it cheaper to run in-house? • Speed to provision resources • No up-front capex • Pay for use model Allows for simulating production environments All f i l ti d ti i t 11 Steady State or Dynamic Workloads? Steady State Workloads Dynamic Workloads Typically of Production Typical of Dev/Test, Training, POCs Environments are rarely changed, run 24x7, and never discarded • • • Core to IT operations Dedicated IT resources IT managed changes IT d h Predictable Steady State Entire environments are created, modified, and discarded frequently Dynamic Dynamic • • • Contextual for IT operations Limited IT resources Developer managed  D l d changes 12 6
  • 9. Dynamic Workloads Are Moving To The Cloud Agile Development Workloads Ideal for Cloud Computing Dynamic App Dev/ Test App Migration IT Sandbox Virtual Training Software Demo Dynamic Predictable Software teams are moving agile dev/test workloads to the cloud Software teams are moving agile Dynamic workloads to the cloud dev/test 1. Fast Provisioning and dynamic capacity management 2. High flexibility for changing resources requirements 3. Improved sharing and team collaboration 4. Lower total costs 13 Case Studies Software Development and QA Software Development and QA Requirements: • Complex software stacks requiring tiered networking and clustering • Self service for App dev team • Environments support hands-on global user acceptance testing and training • Constrained IT staff resources for infrastructure management Challenges: • Needed ad‐hoc cloud capacity to test and  deliver data center applications • Distributed IT users;  10s of users in England  and US. 2 different vendors  • Base dev/test configurations contained 180  VMs; ability to refresh at will • Multi‐platform support, Windows / Java  applications, BMC, HP applications • Hybrid model to connect back to datacenter Value Delivered: • Rapid provisioning of VDC templates • Full VDC snapshots for defect capture • Parallel Development and QA team work • Project level reporting Value Delivered:  • Cost savings in up front capital expense  • Reduced provisioning time down 20 days to less  than one hour • Deferred hiring 2 FTE for IT management 14 7
  • 10. Case Study: Cushman & Wakefield Business Need: Move Enterprise Dev/Test Workloads To Cloud Requirements: • Distributed dev/test teams – New York, Las Vegas, Houston • Run existing .NET stack with no changes; Active Directory, SQL Server, TFS, C# • IT resource limits to support ad-hoc machine requests and configuration changes • Maintain existing IT visibility and control of standard templates • Charge back costs to projects Solution: Secure Hybrid/Public Cloud with Dev/Test Templates Benefits: • • • • 100% Developer self-service Scale resources on demand, configure dev/test stacks flexibly Reduce overall operating costs by 50% Accelerate development and test cycles by 70% How Do I Get Started? 1. Start small 2. Consider your needs up front Steady state or dynamic workloads Existing or Greenfield Applications Security and Data Requirements Simple web architectures Collaboration Use Cases 3. Take a test drive 4. Evaluate support for existing dev/test tools 5. Evaluate controls on resource consumption 16 8
  • 11. Questions? 1-888-759-8278 9