Virtualization

Software Vendor Speeds Testing, Improves Collaboration, and Wins New Business

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Executive Summary

Readify, a software vendor based in Australia, performs most of its consulting work at customer sites, billing on a time-and-materials basis. To appeal to customers who need high visibility into the development process for cost-estimation purposes, Readify wanted to be able to re-create customer environments and perform the work in-house on its own virtual machines. Readify deployed Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, Visual Studio Lab Management 2010, and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010. Now, Readify can accelerate virtual machine setup, teardown, and restoration to known states by managing multiple virtual machines as a single environment. For one project, build creation activity that used to take a full workday can now be completed within 10 minutes.

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