Applications drive your business – whether that means registering patients, tracking inventory, processing web orders, or controlling the order-to-cash cycle. With so much riding on your applications, you need to be able to push out new applications and enhancements to current applications with clockwork regularity.
But what happens if your infrastructure can’t support the application development speed that you need? The loss in revenue, reputation, and productivity can be astounding, and potentially even insurmountable.
To accelerate your time to market, you must create an agile IT environment by letting your applications drive your infrastructure decisions.
A Slow Slog: Application Development In A Non-Agile IT Environment
Traditionally, to put out a new release, your development team would need to write new code and test it multiple times in an established development area. Then, the new code would be put into a staging environment to undergo user acceptance testing. From staging, the code would be moved to a pre-production holding tank. Finally, the new application or update would be promoted to production.
There is nothing agile about this process. There are four separate steps. Four separate sets of hardware. Four times you have to wait for 12 to 45 days while copies are made or compute resources are freed up. The problem is that the applications aren’t driving the infrastructure. Instead, the infrastructure is hampering the applications.
Instant Gratification: Application Development In An Agile IT Environment
Contrast what happens when applications drive infrastructure. You know that your developers need:
- a test/dev environment in which to work
- swift provisioning at multiple points in the development cycle
- real-world data on which to test their new or enhanced applications
How might that drive your infrastructure decisions? Consider this scenario: you leverage the cloud to serve as your recovery environment. A full copy of your production environment resides at all times in that recovery environment. But that copy is not locked away in an ivory tower – it is available to be used.
Now, if you need a copy of your environment for your development team, that can be set up in hours … not four or fourteen or forty days. In fact, multiple groups – testing, staging, developers – can all have their own copies to work with, anytime they want. Your time to market is drastically reduced by allowing your applications to drive your infrastructure.
The Many Benefits Of Applications Driving Infrastructure
Accelerating time to market for your applications is perhaps the primary benefit you receive when you use your applications to drive your infrastructure, but it is not the only one. By letting your recovery environment do double duty for test/dev, you also:
- Reduce the risks inherent in allowing developers to use a public cloud, since now they can do their work in a secure environment.
- Increase the quality and reliability of your new and updated applications by testing them under real-world conditions, rather than using old data or an incomplete facsimile of your production environment.
- Eliminate the costs and complexity of infrastructure sprawl since you no longer need to have different environments for dev/test, disaster recovery, sandbox, archive, snapshot, etc.
When your applications drive your infrastructure, you create an agile IT environment. With such agility at your fingertips, you achieve an accelerated time to market for applications that deliver superior performance, increasing customer satisfaction and business productivity and giving you the competitive advantage you need.