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The Cloud Server Mantra: Elastic-&-Continuous Build-&-Test

CollabNet has opened the doors on Lab Management 2.4, its build-and-test server provisioning platform. This latest version release sits very close to requirements for cloud server management and sits alongside the company's TeamForge 6.1 ALM platform.

The company promises data-focused software engineers and admins a "fully integrated, elastic continuous integration framework" that simplifies profile definition. This proposition (if evidenced in practice) could lead to easier provisioning of fully configured virtual servers, global role management capabilities for simplified role-based access control (RBAC), and faster performance and better reliability for enterprise scalability.

In conjunction with the new Lab Management release, CollabNet also announced the availability of a new suite of professional services designed to help implement continuous build-and-test integration.

"Server provisioning systems are characterized by their high cost and complexity and many deliver only virtual server provisioning," contends David Parker, vice president and general manager, Scrum business line, CollabNet. "The CollabNet Lab Management elastic provisioning solution is a platform for both hosted and on-premises clouds and for both virtual and bare-metal servers."

CollabNet Lab Management is a cloud-based service that enables IT users to configure environments, upload software assets, set up and tear down lab environments, and manage projects.

As an integrated option to CollabNet TeamForge, it is essentially an elastic provisioning solution completely integrated into an ALM tool suite — offered from a single vendor. The new Lab Management version provisions from a pool of virtual and physical servers in a private corporate data center or a public cloud.

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