QUEST Dallas 2010
April 19-23, 2010 in Dallas, TX
Session title: Deploying Virtual Lab Automation in Cloud Environments
When: Friday, April 23, 2010 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. CT
Where: Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center in Dallas, TX
Presenter: Sameer Dholakia, CEO of VMLogix (www.vmlogix.com)
Session overview: Development and test labs in software engineering organizations continuously demand computing, storage, and networking infrastructure upgrades and support. To address the challenges in providing these resources, IT administrators have moved toward lab server consolidation powered by virtualization from vendors like Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware. This lab consolidation is usually accompanied by a management layer called virtual lab automation (VLA). Together, this enables the lab to operate as a private, on-premise cloud. Many VLA technologies and products can now leverage public cloud infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services. This session will review virtual labs enabled in private, public, and hybrid clouds as well as how these virtual labs help the software engineering process of development, build, and test. Sameer will also discuss key areas of consideration for organizations adopting or evaluating this approach including security, the business model benefits of the public cloud infrastructure, operational flexibility, user access models and compliance.