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Make Your SDLC More Agile by Using Cloud Environments

Published: 26 August 2014

ID: G00263278

Analyst(s): Sean Kenefick


Teams have found development and test infrastructure difficult to stabilize, leading to time-wasting searches for nonexistent problems or long testing queues. DevOps — and its requirement for continuous testing — pushes teams to use virtual lab management systems for nonproduction environments.

Table Of Contents


  • Controlled Environments as a Key to Effective Development
    • Environment Parity
    • Environment Availability
    • Environment Standardization
    • Environment State
  • Nonproduction Lab Management
    • Individual Developer Environments
    • ADLM PaaS Private/Public Discipline Tools
    • Shared Nonproduction Environment Management
    • Evaluating Shared Virtual Lab Management Solutions
  • Procuring a Virtual Development Lab
    • Do-It-Yourself Solutions
    • Public ADLM PaaS Discipline Tools
    • Traditional ADLM Vendor Solutions
  • Strengths
    • Product Speed to Market
    • Environment Parity and Availability
    • Disaster Mitigation
    • Metered Costs
  • Weaknesses
    • Creating a Private Virtual Lab Is Disruptive
    • Virtual Lab Management Requires Expensive Expertise
    • Automation Effort and Consistency



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