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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Seattle-based Skytap, formerly Illumita, has unveiled a Web-accessible testing lab for servers, software, networking and storage. It's designed to let firms quickly assemble testing and development environments to modify applications and storage configurations before moving them into production. The Skytap Library includes pre-built virtual machine (VM) images of major operating systems, databases, apps and test tools. The Skytap Virtual Lab can be provisioned with any browser by dragging and dropping preconfigured VMs. A configuration could consist of multiple Windows Vista client machines, an Oracle database server and a WebSphere Application Server. The lab would let a QA testing team and an app development team in different locations collaborate on software issues in real-time. The "biggest performance gains occur through application tweaking, not necessarily from upgrading [storage and server] hardware," says early lab user Clay Roach, president at J9 Technologies, an app tuning and debugging consultancy in Seattle. Building and tearing down a ... Access >>>

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