Cloud computing has let SAS streamline its R&D development, testing, and delivery. The analytics software developer's Remote Access Computing Environment, called the RACE Cloud, provides on-demand computing for sales and other mobile workers. It has an extensive image library of server configurations. IT and R&D recognized that SAS's product testing groups could benefit from the image library's repeatable and reusable capabilities.
A small group of developers now build library images that are used by all testers, resulting in faster testing cycles. Developers no longer spend weeks staging and preparing servers for testing. SAS already is provisioning more than 4,000 environments a week. At any time there may be 1,200 environments running, and that's expected to double by year's end.