I believe technology can be exploited to greater levels than we have allowed. We are constrained by 20th century business models and ideas. Collectively, we need to move past technology for the sake of technology and truly focus on moving markets beyond the status quo!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Virtual Lab Management – Bringing Peace Between Testers and Developers

Every person has heard a developer say “it works on my machine”. This simple and true statement has been at the center of so many non-reproducible software defects. The problem is testers need to work in an environment as close to production as possible, that means keeping developers out and keeping the test environment pristine. Developers need to move through the development process and make sure their code works, which means having an environment that suits their needs. In other words, the developer environment may not be pristine, but it works the way they need it to work so the developer can continue to work.

So in this age old conflict of “it works on my machine” who is right, the developer or the tester? Guess what, both are right! And now, thanks to virtual lab technology the phrase “it works on my machine” can be stricken from the vocabulary of a developer and never heard by a tester again, because they will always be able to replicate the defect in question.

How? Virtual lab technology. Virtual lab technology uses virtualization technology to give testers an environment as close to production as possible. This ability to take a snapshot of the production environment and replicate it through virtualization eliminates the expense of establishing, maintaining, and managing a test lab.

Testers can test in the environment as close to production as possible, identify defects and simply give the developer the URL of the defect! Developers are able to eliminate the time consuming back and forth dialog with testers and easily replicate the defect in the same environment as close to production as possible!

And, because virtual lab technology offers self-service provisioning the bottleneck of waiting for the ops team to provision an environment is gone!

Think about it – bottleneck reduction, environments as close to production as possible, reproducible defects – this is what we have been waiting for and it is here today in the form of virtual lab technology.

We at voke recently released our Market Snapshot Report: Virtual Lab Management in which we surveyed 100 organizations using virtual lab technology. We found that virtual lab technology helped increase productivity, decrease the number of servers and physical machines required, and saved money. Check out the report available to voke Research subscribers at www.vokeinc.com.

We also launched a new free on-demand webcast series to discuss the most frequently asked questions of voke analysts. In the first webcast series, we answer the question “what tool should I buy for virtual lab management”. We are also joined by leading market vendors Citrix, CloudShare, and VMLogix to answer the question “how do I justify a virtual lab solution”. Listen to our on-demand webcast series here.

So, think about how your organization is working. Are you being asked to lower your capital expenses and do more with less? Do you have to wait for environments to be provisioned? Do you have the age old developer/tester conflict on non-reproducible defects because of differing environments? If you answer yes to any of these questions, virtual lab technology is a solution to investigate. The ROI is quick and easy to identify and calculate. And, best of all, there are solid solutions on the market today to help you on your way to creating peace and harmony between your developers and testers.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Your Next PC? The Personal Cloud, of Course
Since the introduction of the personal computer, we all like to longingly think about what our next PC will have. Will it be lighter? Will it have better graphics? Will it be faster? And the biggest question of all, do we really need all of the latest and greatest features. All of these are questions we ponder when a new operating system is released, or when our current PC just decides to quit functioning (usually at the most inopportune of times).

Well, what will your next PC be? No, it is not your next Personal Computer, it is your Personal Cloud! That’s right, the next PC you invest in may well be a Personal Cloud.

The Apple iPad is just the beginning of this move from the Personal Computer to the Personal Cloud. With the iPad, Apple has hit a grand slam, scored a hattrick, a touchdown, or any other superlative sports metaphor you can conjure up. The iPad is the next step in the computing revolution.

If you think Steve Jobs, the Roark of technology, would build a device such as the iPad to simply kill off wireless reading devices, well then DOS 2.0 with two 360Kb floppy disks is probably sufficient for your needs.

The iPad allows us to be free in many different capacities. The largest point of tethering for us all has been our favorite applications or apps in more modern parlance. Cloud companies are enabling infrastructure and allowing each and every one of us to work with the infrastructure we need and want instead of what we have.

The next step for the cloud? Offering up a PC, of course, a Personal Cloud to be more precise to go along with a device that truly allows technology to work for us.

The PC (Personal Cloud) will be available when, where, and how you need it. Your PC will have complete elasticity and give you only what you ask for – nothing more, nothing less. Think about having your business apps when you need them as well as your own personal apps when and where you need them.

There are software vendors in the market today that see the need to deliver upon the next PC, that is Personal Cloud. These vendors are enabling the business side of the PC, Personal Cloud, and know that rapid environment replication with the apps you need, when and where needed is essential.

Look at companies such as CloudShare and VMLogix to deliver on this new PC. And, look at companies such as Citrix and Salesforce.com that have been innovating on this idea for years.

When you think about your next PC, make it a Personal Cloud.

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