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Managing databases and newer, more exotic NoSQL stores, is an emerging challenge in an industry under constant pressure to move faster. While the industry has perfected the art of cloud-based provisioning and configuration of application servers, databases continue to be a pain p... (more)
Test environment conflict is when two projects or two releases require access to the same testing resources at the same time. For a Test Environment Manager, this might mean that two projects need to test against the same database or deploy to the same environment at the same tim... (more)
Test Environment Managers are challenged  to allocate a limited set of test environment resources across several projects in a way that maximizes productivity. It is up to them to model and forecast future demand and to assess release risks associated with potential test environm... (more)
Environment “shortages” always start with a test environment emergency – some unforeseen need for a new environment. Maybe a high-profile project has both an urgent production bug to fix and an unrealistic deadline to meet at the same time. This project’s QA and staging environme... (more)
Test Environment Churn and Test Environment Pollution are two things that happen when environment managers create hundreds of environments to support hundreds of projects across several departments. In this post I’m going to focus on Test Environment Churn: What is it? and, what ... (more)
Take thousands of developers, distribute them over several departments, and split them up into small teams of 10-20. Now take these 20-50 development groups and ask them to create a distributed, service-oriented architecture. Without a solid approach to test environment managemen... (more)
Take thousands of developers, distribute them over several departments, and split them up into small teams of 10-20. Now take these 20-50 development groups and ask them to create a distributed, service-oriented architecture. Without a solid approach to test environment managemen... (more)
In an environment where infrastructure is shared across several development teams, test environment conflict can happen when more than one project needs to use test environment resources at the same time. It can also occur when competing release trains of the same project have ov... (more)
Test environment pollution and test environment churn are two of the biggest factors contributing to delay and inefficiency in test environment management. Test environment churn is a measure of how quickly test environments change and it’s stability. Test environment pollution i... (more)
DevOps at a startup is defined by developer-driven automation. Instrument everything, establish a culture of automation, and enable your developers to deploy software to production frequently and you’ll be practicing DevOps. You’ll be using any number of accepted tools to achieve... (more)
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