Virtualization is a groundbreaking technology that promises quantifiable benefits for application development and QA organizations: faster lab deployment, less manual set-up work, greater resource flexibility and utilization, and easier reproduction of defects.
However, adopting virtualization in a development or QA organization is not without issues. Often it is not obvious whether to build out a custom virtualization framework or make a strategic bet to implement a full virtual lab management solution, complete with automation and a pool of centralized hardware.
This paper discusses the software quality challenges commonly faced by application development teams and how virtual lab automation can lead to a more strategic approach to QA practices. It describes the best practices for virtual lab automation adoption and also highlights the common pitfalls organizations face during implementation. Finally, this paper outlines the steps to evaluate a virtualization solution for your QA organization and provides further resources to help you get started.
Ian Knox is the Director of Product Management where he has been responsible for all aspects of Skytapâ€™s product management and go-to-market strategy. Ian has spent over 15 years in the software development industry, including numerous positions in software development and product management. Ian joined Skytap from Microsoft Corporation where he was group product manager for Microsoft Visual Studio. In this role, Ian led the product management team responsible for introducing Visual Studio Team System, an industry-leading application development and testing platform. Prior to Microsoft, Ian was a Principal Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where for 7 years he worked on global software delivery projects for Fortune 500 clients.
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