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Smashing Deployment Windows For Software Factories

Agile web application platform player OutSystems has updated its flagship Agile Platform 7.0.1 this week. The product is focused on very large mission-critical application deployment windows and the opportunity to reduce them via intelligent use of its enhanced deployment algorithm, which allows for a massive reduction in the storage needed for large complex applications.

The firm claims that its beta customers (with large software factories) that have a high number of reusable components are reporting a more than 90 percent reduction in storage requirements.

This new deployment algorithm is also said to improve the ability to automatically deploy to multiple front-ends in parallel. The result is a 30-percent reduction in time to deploy applications to large production farm environments.

There is a two-stage deployment process here so that: Development and Operations teams can perform the more time-consuming steps of an application deployment (like impact analysis, compilation, database scripts generation, and file distribution) in the first stage without impacting running applications — and second, on the actual go-live date, IT teams can finish the One-Click Publish process in a very short amount of time (just a few minutes, if we believe OutSystems), while making sure all applications built with the Agile platform keep running without downtime.

"SQL Server 2012 support is included in the Agile Platform 7.0.1, ensuring that customers can keep their applications compatible with the latest DBMS release with minimal effort," said Paulo Rosado, CEO at OutSystems.

"The Agile Platform 7.0.1 allows the most complex steps of application deployment to be conducted outside of the actual deployment window, ensuring that any downtime or problems arising from deployment do not affect the live application, an absolute necessity in an on-demand business world."

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