Electric Cloud has fired up its newly announced ElectricCommander 4.0 product this week. The new tool features software artifact management, policy-based cloud resource management, and integration with Eucalyptus 3 IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) software.
With the aim of creating so-called "smart development clouds", Electric Cloud is positioning its latest release as a means of providing end-to-end automation inside the build-test-deploy cycle. It's a simple theory — automated resource management for developers' core needs, plus workflow orchestration, equals better resource utilization and faster, more accurate software development.
ElectricCommander 4.0 features an artifact management function that manages software artifacts produced and consumed in the application development process. While IBM and a litany of other vendors also operate in this space, Electric Cloud has tried to set its new launch apart by emphasizing its product's searchable repository to store the artifacts — and further enable developers to track the origin and usage of the artifacts at every step of the development process.
The company further enthuses that ElectricCommander 4.0's artifact management capabilities enable users to improve predictability and traceability of their application components — and also improves cross-team collaboration by sharing approved artifacts.
ElectricCommander 4.0 provides policy-based management and scaling of cloud resources. Users can configure resource assignments based on dynamic policies such as disk space or load/CPU utilization. In addition, ElectricCommander 4.0 provides automatic scaling of resources pools to support development process requirements while keeping consumption within policy-defined limits.
"With this release, we've enhanced the ElectricCommander automation and workflow management that enterprises rely on by adding a fully integrated artifact management system," said Electric Cloud CEO Mike Maciag.
"This, combined with our new dynamic resource management system, further empowers development teams to work together more efficiently to produce the highest quality software, rather than spending time wondering who has the most up-to-date version of a build or trying to secure the resources they need to run a test."
ElectricCommander 4.0 integrates with Eucalyptus 3 to automatically manage the lifecycle of cloud resources. With a smart development cloud powered by ElectricCommander and Eucalyptus, developers have ready access to the resources they need.
To support the development process, cloud resources are automatically provisioned and configured to the required specifications. When a development task is completed, resources are automatically torn down and returned, allowing teams to more efficiently use their resources and eliminating virtual machine sprawl.
"Our joint customers will continue to benefit from our close partnership with Electric Cloud, especially now that this includes integration between our newest products, ElectricCommander 4.0 and Eucalyptus 3," said Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus Systems. "ElectricCommander seamlessly automates the virtual cloud infrastructure resources running on Eucalyptus to support the speed and precision today's enterprises need from their software development teams."