There are many good arguments for provisioning test environments management, and the most convincing among them will inevitably tie back to resource efficiency and cost saving. Programmers and other IT professionals can tell you - even if a new IT architecture promises to create exciting new possibilities for development and expansion, company management will be slow to cotton on unless there’s a clear financial benefit, or the sea change is already occurring among other businesses in the industry.
Here are a few good reasons why your company should be provisioning multiple test and development environments within a system that allows you to manage and monitor them efficiently.
#1 Less Risk in Releases and Easier Fixes
In many cases, a bad quality product is the result of poor test environments management - or a complete lack thereof. The wider the gap between the test environment and the production environment, the higher the chance of delivering a buggy or defective product, and the harder it becomes to trace a problem back to its root source. Multiple environments will differ in terms of their configuration, but should be managed within the context of a single cloud management platform for maximum compatibility.
#2 More Stable and Productive IT Expenditures
Poor management of IT assets leads to a general lack of knowledge regarding the current state of each environment and a limited capacity for predicting appropriate resource allocation. This can create unpleasant surprise budget spike and cause costly delays as time is lost trying to identify and implement solutions.
#3 Improved Organization and Separation of Roles
Using multiple test environments is a great way to ensure that you can clearly separate roles and limit access. Each environment can now be assigned specific security protocols, best practices and procedures, allowing users to better optimize each environment for its specific purpose within your operations. In this scenario, different groups can test new features without getting in each other’s way or having to wait until the previous group is finished with their test.
#4 Reliability and Dependability
Using only one test environment increases the risk of downtime and interruptions that can cause significant loss of profit. Using multiple test environments allows companies to consistently deliver a user experience that reflects well on the reliability of their business. Multiple test environments also protects businesses against loss of data should one of the environments experience a problem.
Increase Provisioning Speed with vCommander
vCommander has proven to increase provisioning speeds by 10% and reduce infrastructure costs by 40%. This is because the platform serves as an all-purpose control center for test environments management and development requirements. Unlike other IT self-service solutions, it does not require repetitive configuration or much ongoing effort in terms of maintaining operations.
The program offers automatic report generation, allowing you to easily track the value and efficiency of your assets, and features on-the-spot calculations and suggestions for resource costs as they are requested. Provisioning multiple test environments management is one of the most effective ways to overhaul your IT expenditures for the better, and using a cloud management platform will help you achieve the greatest cost savings and efficiencies from your new IT landscape.
Want to see how vCommander increases provisioning speeds? Read this case study on how the University of Birmingham dramatically increased provisioning times with Embotics.