We have several posts on this blog discussing various aspects of virtual lab automation including specific product features, benefits, use cases, product integrations, customer experiences and so on. Sometime back I had mentioned that we would also look into a model to quantify the savings (and hence your return on investment) you should expect on your testing/software engineering cycles from deploying a virtual lab automation solution like VMLogix LabManager.
We do believe that virtualization is a must have technology for software testers and that Virtual Lab Automation offers a lot more over a hypervisor (like VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix XenServer) – making it a compelling deployment in your software test lab.
For the model, we looked at two important parameters of the software testing cycle — (1) Manual provisioning costs and (2) Bug reproduction costs. The model first helps you determine your current costs for these two parameters and then projects a savings based on experiences with deploying a virtual lab automation solution.
Here is our model:
Does this help you make a projection of the savings you should expect to see from the deployment of a virtual lab automation solution like VMLogix LabManager? How can VLA help control costs of your software testing efforts?
If you would like to learn more about VMLogix LabManager, go ahead and register on our virtual portal. You will also have access to a free whitepaper “Five Best Practices for Improving Software Development and Testing“.
Alternatively, you can also make a request for a free LabManager 30 day evaluation (VMLogix LabManager supports all leading hypervisors from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, including the recently announced Microsoft Hyper-V. You can read more about the LabManager system requirements).
– Srihari Palangala