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IBM and CloudShare: Agile Development Partnership

October 24, 2012

Selecting a VM Template

IBM recently announced its partnership with CloudShare enhancing the world of cloud application development. The partnership provides advanced application lifecycle management capabilities for agile development in a single virtual package. IBM and CloudShare provide you with a complete development environment using Rational Team Concert, pre-installed and ready for your development projects. And, you also have ready-made client systems setup with the Eclipse IDE for rapid development.

CloudShare’s environment offers quick setup from single client systems to multi-server farms. The interface is very easy to use–so easy, in fact, that you could be logged into your new system in as little as five minutes.

The eight easy steps to your own CloudShare Cloud infrastructure:

  1. Register
  2. Login to CloudShare
  3. Select your Template
  4. Add Machine
  5. Save and Run
  6. View Machine
  7. Login
  8. Get to work

Working with a Linux VM

You might have a difficult time selecting from all of the available operating systems and setup options. Although, the CloudShare Available Machines site lists just over 30 options, you’ll find more than 60 when it’s time for you to setup your infrastructure. From classics such as Windows XP, CentOS 5 and Windows Server 2003 to Windows 8 Enterprise, Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows Server 2012 and everything in between and a few beyond, they’re all there and ready to serve.

Cloud computing addresses one of the more frustrating aspects of traditional application development, according to Guri Stark, CEO of CloudShare. “Getting additional resources and new versions of servers and software is costly and takes a long time,” he said. In contrast, a cloud service can spin up new virtual machines in minutes.

If you’re looking for spectacular, CloudShare has it with 23 different SharePoint Templates in every possible configuration. And, to get you up and running rapidly, you can deploy an entire SharePoint Development farm with a single click. For example, you can deploy the community written SharePoint farm for developers.  This “Small Farm” configuration has a separate SQL Server, separate Active Directory, a Web Front End, and an App server with all your favorite SharePoint development tools.

Deploying a SharePoint “Small” Farm

Imagine the possibilities with your own N-Tier, shareable, Cloud-based application development environment consisting of an Active Directory Server, two SharePoint Enterprise Servers and a SQL Server 2008 R2 deployed in under ten minutes.

The benefits of this type of environment and service are that SMBs can take advantage of low cost Cloud-based solutions without any capital expenditures or long-term contracts.

For those of you who’ve wrestled with Amazon.com’s AWS, you’ll thank IBM and CloudShare for this easy to use and rapid deployment solution.

Further information regarding the announcement and platform. If you’d like to try CloudShare for yourself, check out the 14-day free trial.

IBM for Midsize Business

This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.

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