Put Your Test Lab In The Cloud
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User Rank: Apprentice
4/9/2012 | 8:21:57 PM
re: Put Your Test Lab In The Cloud
I recently attended a CIO conference and had many discussions on this topic.

For those hosting their own infrastructure, there are some big technology advantages still not available on the cloud.
An example is a company like Kubisys who can mimic production environments (sets of servers) in minutes and use them for test labs.

You can even create labs for each developer on the fly with all your prod data, the current application configuration, with no IT infrastructure knowledge in minutes.

Pretty cool.

The solutions now seem to be able only to deploy standalone machines with minimal OS configurations.

User Rank: Apprentice
4/5/2012 | 8:40:45 AM
re: Put Your Test Lab In The Cloud
Very thorough article. Some great points on the benefits of hosting test environments in the cloud, weighed up against several potential pitfalls. We built and use a tool called CloudFlex to manage and provision our cloud environments in our testing and development projects, and have since made the tool available to the public as a "Test and Development Environments as a Service" offering; it's really simple to use, even for those less familiar with using cloud applications, and has built-in scheduling options to automatically shut down environments at the end of the working day (or whenever we need them to stop). You can actually see exactly what you're using from the dashboard view, so it simplifies managing the costs of your resources.

If the concept of "test labs in the cloud" interests you, I think a great way to build a business case would be to do a trial of CloudFlex (it's free for 30 days).
User Rank: Apprentice
4/4/2012 | 3:34:54 PM
re: Put Your Test Lab In The Cloud
Excellent article, Michael. In fact, I'd recommend it to some of our clients/partners, who are making these very decisions right now. You didn't touch on compliance requirements; for some, that may also be a factor in the decision-making process. - Laurie Head, VP, AIS Network Cloud Hosting,

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