StackSafe, a provider of pre-production staging and testing solutions for IT Operations teams, announced today the external infrastructure connectivity upgrade to its staging and testing solution, StackSafe Test Center, which it recently unveiled at the DEMO 2008 Conference.
The solution creates a virtual copy of the software infrastructure, and thanks to this upgrade, the virtualized Test Center environment can now be extended to interact with non-virtualized system components that reside outside of the Test Center environment.
“Virtualization technology offers the potential to deliver time-stressed, resource-thin IT operations staff a low risk way to test and assess the impact of making changes to the IT production environment,” commented Richard Ptak, Founder and Analyst, Ptak Noel & Associates. “StackSafe’s Test Center provides a validation environment that resolves a number of existing application deployment issues.”
According to the company, complex software infrastructure environments may include components that cannot be virtualized into StackSafe Test Center. These include physical storage tiers, large databases, hardware-based network topologies, or distributed components not owned by the IT Operations team. By enabling the inclusion of these components in the test scenarios, users can now have a more complete view of the impact of changes across the entire end-to end IT service.
The addition of external infrastructure connectivity adds the following features:
- Enabling inbound connectivity from external infrastructure components and services into Test Center
- Enabling outbound connectivity from Test Center to external infrastructure components and services
- Customized control of connectivity options
As part of StackSafe Test Center’s subscription licensing model, the updated release of Test Center is generally available to current Test Center users at no charge.