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Atlassians Elastic Bamboo testing in the cloud

Steve Hodgkinson | March 26, 2009
Australian software company Atlassians Elastic Bamboo further illustrates the growing pervasiveness of cloud computing thinking in the IT industry.

Multiple remote agents can be set running in parallel under the control of a supervisor for example, to run tests on multiple different operating system platforms.

Flexible cloud great, just dont forget to keep an eye on the bill

Bamboo has quite a few competitors, including commercial software such as Microsofts Team Foundation Server and open source software such as Apache Continuum. However, Atlassian is continuing its track record of light-touch innovation demonstrating how cloud computing can provide an elegant solution to the problem of resource bottlenecks in continuous integration.

Tools such as Elastic Bamboo provide a glimpse of a future where developers will learn to seamlessly integrate on-premise and cloud computing as a matter of second nature. Applications will at a click run on premise, in the cloud, or burst to resources in the cloud as and when required.

As long as someone keeps an eye on the charges being racked up on the Amazon Web Services bill...

Steve Hodgkinson is a research director in government at Ovum    


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