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Electric Cloud's New ElectricFlow Addresses the Rise of Microservices

By Paula Bernier
November 30, 2016

The DevOps movement has begun, and now there’s a drive to decompose monolithic applications into microservices.

That will enable DevOps teams to be more agile. But the introduction of microservices also adds complexity during the production process, because it can difficult for developers to know which versions of these modules will work with the rest of their environments.

Electric Cloud is helping DevOps teams address that challenge with the introduction of ElectricFlow, explained Samuel Fell, vice president of marketing, in a meeting with me at the recent TMC Editors’ Day in Santa Clara, Calif. ElectricFlow automates manual, error-prone builds, tests and deployments, allowing teams to reduce the cost and risk of software releases.

“Often, when deploying containerized workloads or microservices into legacy production environments, teams find it difficult to coordinate their releases,” explained Electric Cloud CEO Steve Brodie in introducing this new solution earlier this month. “ElectricFlow easily and safely manages containers and microservices throughout the software delivery lifecycle to support legacy or traditional monolithic applications, hybrid data centers and clouds, and large-scale infrastructure requirements.”

This is part of 12-year-old Electric Cloud’s larger effort to help companies embrace DevOps and deliver better software faster, added Fell. The company’s flagship DevOps Release Automation platform enables companies to automate their software deployments at scale; accelerate their time to market; increase the quality, reliability, and traceability of their work; and reduce their delivery costs. It also enables teams to manage whatever part of the lifecycle they want to start with, and expand on that as needed. Going forward, Fell said, Electric Cloud expects to provide support for a wider variety of cloud environments, continue to scale its solutions, and provide users of its platform with a curated view of their work so they see only what they need to see (and don’t have to look at a ton of code).

Several very large organizations rely on Electric Cloud technology. The list includes Cisco Systems, E*TRADE, Gap, GE, HP, Intel, Juniper Networks, Lockheed Martin, Sony, Qualcomm, and many major banks.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Executive Editor, TMC

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