Archive for the ‘software testing’ Category


New VMware Stage Manager tackles application lifecycle management

January 22, 2008

j0401818.jpgArticle from regarding VMware’s recently announced Stage Manager product. The product claims to cover the application lifecycle to help promote applications into and from production. My question is how is this different from Lab Manager?

Confusing to Lab Manager customers? For most enterprise applications, the environment employed outside of production is the test environment. Why would a customer use both VMware Lab Manager and VMware Stage Manager? Stage Manager seems the stronger of the two, and certainly closer to what we do at Surgient with our lab management platform and VQMS. Is this the death of VMware Lab Manager? How will VMware deal with confused customers, especially Lab Manager customers?

VMware only? Then there is the question of a tool that is meant to support enterprise apps but only supports VMware virtualization. Most enterprise data centers are heterogeneous environments, and the majority of applications are not yet deployed in virtualized containers. The shortcomings of Stage Manager seem to be its presupposition that the world be 100% virtualized in the short-term. Most customers we speak to are nowhere near that as a decision or a reality.

 What do you think?

New VMware Stage Manager tackles application lifecycle management


Surgient’s Future After a Strong Third Quarter

December 3, 2007

j0387734.jpgDavid Marshall interviews me in his InfoWorld Virtualization Report blog, regarding Surgient’s recent announcement of a strong third quarter for virtual lab management applicaitons.

InfoWorld Virtualization Report | David Marshall | InfoWorld | Surgient’s Future After a Strong Third Quarter


The big question in Testing Outsourcing

October 31, 2007

virtual labSome interesting thoughts/questions on outsourced testing and a very interesting graph on relative market sizing found here.

To be or Not to be: The big question in Testing Outsourcing « Perpetua knowledge Services Weblog


Virtual Lab Case Study: A Better Way to Test

July 18, 2007

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Health Leaders has published a short case study of how Sisters of Mercy Health System is using virtual labs and test automation as part of their ERP system rollout. They note that the combination has allowed them to reduce the middle portion of their test cycle from 5 days to 4 hours!

Health Leaders: A Better Way to Test


SD Times – Automating the Virtual Testing Lab for Fun and Profit

July 3, 2007

Nice article in current SDTimes discussing a recent survey by voke, inc. (see previous blog posts by Theresa Lanowitz) that demonstrates that virtual labs used in the context of software testing (think regression tests, configuration tests, user acceptance tests, etc) can reduce test cycle time by up to 50%.

SD Times – Automating the Virtual Testing Lab for Fun and Profit


Small solution to an Enterprise problem « Geeks in the West Country

June 28, 2007

Very cool description of the work required to implement a small home-grown lab management environment. Will be great to track this project and see where the limitations are/aren’t

Small solution to an Enterprise problem « Geeks in the West Country


Redmond – Surgient To Support New Microsoft, VMware Virtualization Offerings

June 28, 2007

Surgient’s Marcus MacNeill discusses the importance of supporting hetergeneous virtualization environments in virtual labs in a Redmond article.

Redmond | News: Surgient To Support New Microsoft, VMware Virtualization Offerings