Electric Cloud updates software production offerings with parallelization features

With Electrify, developers can conduct parallel testing or data modeling on their desktop, in a private cloud or on a dedicated server. Meanwhile, the subbuild technology works to help developers avoid unnecessary or broken builds by identifying only the components required for the current project.

Electric Cloud has accelerated the software production management field today with improvements to two key products: ElectricAccelerator and ElectricCommander 3.5.

ElectricAccelerator boasts a new feature that provides parallel processing and subbuild technology. Dubbed "Electrify," the patented technology promises to speed development on private or public compute clouds by applying the benefits of parallelization to new development tools and tasks.

With Electrify, developers can conduct parallel testing or data modeling on their desktop, in a private cloud or on a dedicated server. Meanwhile, the subbuild technology works to help developers avoid unnecessary or broken builds by identifying only the components required for the current project. [Disclosure: Electric Cloud is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]

Removing production bottlenecks

“Our goal is to remove the bottlenecks in software production wherever they exist,” explains Electric Cloud CEO Mike Maciag. “ElectricAccelerator speeds Make, NMAKE, Visual Studio, and Ant builds by 10-20x. With Electrify we are broadening the technology to enable these benefits for virtually any compute-intensive development task.”

Maciag offers the example of teams standardizing on tools like SCons. With Electrify, he says, those teams can leverage the benefits of centralization to speed builds, reduce hardware costs and curb server sprawl. The technology also makes way for developers to support multiple configurations through ElectricAccelerator’s virtualization capabilities. All this means more control for developers and fewer headaches for IT.

Commanding the cloud

Electric Cloud's ElectricCommander 3.5 offers a customizable and extensible version of its tool for automating and managing the build-test-deploy process in software development. Developers can customize ElectricCommander 3.5 to extract and display data from the defect tracker along with relevant build and test results. This lets build managers track the status of each fix and receive notification when QA has resolved the issue.

ElectricCommander 3.5 also offers user interface (UI) customization that lets development teams or managers create a custom screen to create and execute a build or test request with the appropriate parameters.

In other words, the UI is purpose-built for the developer’s role or environment. The new version also automates and manages what Electric Cloud calls “error-prone, manual pieces of the build-test-deploy process” to make software production faster and more efficient.

BriefingsDirect contributor Jennifer LeClaire provided editorial assistance and research on this post. She can be reached at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jleclaire and http://www.jenniferleclaire.com.

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