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1 Virtual Environments for Software Development Architecture, Application and Hardware Considerations

2 Virtual Environments For Software Development Architecture, Application and Hardware Considerations Presented by Schley Andrew Kutz Lead Application Architect The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin

3 Abstract This session provides practical advice on development issues that are relevant to any IT professional in charge of or involved with application deployment and management in virtualized environments and handling topics such as hardware and vendor selection and the rapid deployment of build agents.

4 Check And Mate Software development is a lot like a chess match The environment is constrained; the number of possible situations, seemingly endless All possible situations must be accounted for ahead of time Unexpected scenarios must be handled gracefully

5 How Virtualization Can Help Virtualization may ease the software development process by assisting with… Application development cycle Application lifecycle management Continuous integration (hub/spoke model) Secure networking Test lab

6 Agenda Application development cycle Application lifecycle management Continuous integration Secure networking Test lab Vendor selection suggestions

7 Application Development Cycle The application development cycle (ADC) process handles… Turning ideas into code Testing code Putting code into production Processing bug reports

8 Application Development Cycle (Continued) An iterative ADC gaining popularity is the Scrum methodology

9 In Scrum, the Sprint is where the development team implements new ideas or bug fixes The sprint typically lasts only a couple of weeks Entire development environments must be created and torn down to cope with the requirements for each sprint Application Development Cycle (Continued)

10 The need to quickly provision development environments (DevEnvs) can be satisfied by virtual machine (VM) templates In addition, DevEnvs can be taken offline when not needed, freeing up resources and decreasing any security risk they might pose Application Development Cycle (Continued)

11 Application Lifecycle Management Application lifecycle management (ALM) is perhaps the most important component of software development and a service oriented architecture (SOA)

12 ALM in the context of software development and a SOA encompasses the ADC as well as facilitating multi-tier synchronization. Development (Dev) -- Active development Qualification (Qual) -- Quality control Production (Prod) -- Production environment These tiers are an integral part of ALM Application Lifecycle Management (Continued)

13 Each ALM tier should be built identically, and this can require several servers to accomplish. Two servers, for the application and data tiers, for each development environment equals at least six servers. Virtualization provides a cost-effective platform on which to host these servers. Application Lifecycle Management (Continued)

14 Continuous Integration Continuous integration (CI) is the process by which code is built, tested, and any number of other automated tasks (example: Document generation). Popular CI platforms, such as Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2008 and JetBrains TeamCity 4.0 operate in a hub/spoke model.

15 The hub is the controller -- it schedules builds and provides a user interface The spokes are build agents -- servers configured specifically for languages, project requirements or other reasons (examples: Security concerns, departmental ownership) Controller Build Agent (Java) Build Agent (Proj1) Build Agent (.NET) Build Agent (Proj2) Continuous Integration (Continued)

16 Server virtualization platforms such as ESX and Hyper-V can host as many build agents as necessary. The ability to easily host build agents facilitates a cleaner CI architecture by enabling silos; the separation of build agents for any number of reasons. Continuous Integration (Continued)

17 Secure Networking One aspect of software development not discussed with enough frequency is secure networks. Active development environments should not be trusted. Even the qualification environment should be considered to be a medium-risk target.

18 Server virtualization platforms can facilitate the painless creation of segregated development networks. To enable secured networking, a virtualization platform should have built-in network address translation (NAT, dynamic host control protocol (DHCP) and routing capabilities. Secure Networking (Continued)

19 Test Lab Software developers often like to test out new technologies; technologies which may have not yet endured rigorous security tests A physical, dedicated, network secure, test lab is an expensive proposition A virtual, network secure, test lab, however, is extremely achievable

20 The Requirements Based on software development practices, a virtualization platform must support A VM templating solution NAT, DHCP and routing VM snapshots

21 Virtualization Software There are several virtualization software packages that may satisfy the aforementioned requirements: VMware Server 2 VMware VI (Free to Premium) Citrix XenServer (Free to Premium) Microsoft Hyper-V

22 Software Family Software Package VM Snapshots VM Templates NAT, Routing VMware Server 2 Yes/No Yes VMware VI FreeYes No FoundationYes No StandardYes No EnterpriseYes No Virtualization Software (Continued)

23 Software Family Software Package VM Snapshots VM Templates NAT, Routing Citrix XenServer ExpressYes No StandardYes No EnterpriseYes No PlatinumYes No Microsoft Hyper-V Yes No Virtualization Software (Continued)

24 Hardware Selection Virtual developments do not have the same uptime or load requirements as production environments Take advantage of more cost-effective hardware solutions iSCSI or NAS Lower-cost servers

25 Servers A server for a virtual development environment will range from $5,000-$10,000 Dell PowerEdge R805 -- AMD Quad-Core PowerEdge 2950III -- Intel Xeon Quad-Core Dell and VMware -- Dell and Citrix -- Dell and Hyper-V -- Hardware Selection (Continued)

26 HP ProLiant DL Series HP and VMware -- HP and Citrix -- HP and Hyper-V -- IBM System X Series IBM and VMware -- Hardware Selection (Continued)

27 Storage Sun StorageTek NAS Appliances -- EMC CLARiiON AX4 -- NetApp S-Family -- Dell EqualLogic iSCSI Arrays -- PS5000E Series Hardware Selection (Continued)

28 Recommendations If you are comfortable with manual templating, VMware Server 2 may be the best virtualization solution for development shops Server hardware vendor selection is becoming agnostic, however VMware is aligning itself with Intel (VMworld 2008) Take advantage of iSCSI

29 Questions?

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