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HP tackles redesign and delivery challenges with ALM suite

Software mainstay HP is looking to addresses application life cycle management needs for applications embracing the new cloud computing architecture.

As cloud computing finds increased use, effectively bundling composite applications will become more important. To help address this issue, HP has introduced software that promotes better collaboration among application development and delivery teams.

Today, enterprise applications typically must undergo changes before being placed into a cloud based environment, said Jonathan Rende, Vice President and General Manager of Application Solutions of HP Software. He said HP has created a single platform for delivery and lifecycle management to aid companies in the rebuilding of software for the new cloud architecture.

The three new software solutions for ALM include: HP Service Virtualization 1.0, which helps organizations speed up the delivery of applications and services by testing performance in a simulated environment; HP Application Lifecycle Intelligence (ALI), which offers companies the ability to validate a tightly integrated set of applications; and HP Agile Accelerator 5.0, which links businesses, testers and developers.

“The technologies and platforms that are now available, both in private and public clouds, have accelerated the development process and accelerated what can be done from the deployment process for applications, and especially composite applications,” said Rende.

Cloud computing, the model for enabling convenient access to a collective pool of resources that can be administered and dispensed with minimal interaction from organizations, has become the new-age client-server model. In the past, computing tasks such as word processing were not possible without the installation of application software on a user's computer. Now, centralization grants cloud service providers total control of the browser-based applications offered to clients, dismissing the need for version updates.

HP’s application lifecycle offering for cloud enables developers on a premise level or in a hybrid public or private environment to share information in the same single system platform. This all-in-one model can help companies target problem areas faster, allowing them to fix issues without going through multiple outlets, according to Rende.

“People realize they now have the ability to do things they could never do before at a lower cost,” said Rende, noting new opportunities available for the deployment of applications due to the evolution of cloud architecture.

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