One of the things the economic down-turn has done, is refocus teams on efficiently using resources. Virtualization was already accelerating but remains an area where teams are trying to use the same hardware for a number of different purposes.
AnthillPro plays nicely in a virtualized environment. Build machines tend to always be needed, so having at least most of the build machines be always present makes sense. Machines for automated functional tests are more likely to be used off and on. We see numerous teams looking to start their VMs, run the tests, and then shut the VMs back down. The AnthillPro VMWare LabManager integration can help streamline this process. Continue reading