Serena Software Gives its Blessings to DevOps

Serena Software, a provider of orchestrated IT solutions, announced impending new change and release management capabilities for its Orchestrated IT solution set, intended to provide tooling for IT shops that are embracing the devops movement.

The new capabilities available in version 4.5 of Serena’s new Orchestrated IT solutions include self-service provisioning of environments; a new on-demand self-service portal enables developers and QA teams to immediately spin up, and later tear down, the environments they need for application development and testing. In addition, the new toolset includes developer self-service capabilities.

Cost estimating is a key part of the package, David Hurwitz, senior VP of worldwide marketing for Serena, tells 5 Minute Briefing. “In the past, companies have relied on time-sheets getting filled out at the end of the week to capture the time spent on projects,” he explains. “Our new capabilities provide individuals with the ability to enter the time spent on each activity at the time of completion. This makes for much more accurate cost estimations. It also allows for individuals to record the time spent collaborating with others on a specific task.”

Another feature is automatic cloud provisioning for testing applications, Hurwitz adds. “You can spin up or tear down your own cloud-based or virtualized environments automatically,” he says. “You can point to any server that you want.”

Release automation targets now include Windows Azure and VMware ESX/ESXi, and target deployment environments now include cloud platforms Windows Azure, and Amazon EC2, along with leading virtualized environments VMware ESX/ ESXi.

Orchestrated IT integrates with Serena's line of other mainframe management products, Hurwitz says. “Serena’s Orchestrated IT solutions integrate with our mainframe products, such as Serena ChangeMan,” he says. “We provide a single platform to orchestrate change and release management across both Windows-UNIX-Linux and mainframe environments.”

For more details, visit the Serena website.