Harnessing the power of the cloud: continuous integration vs. legacy systems | #reInvent


With software integration becoming a key factor in the enterprise’s efforts to bring the capabilities of cloud to a wider audience, ease and expediency in delivering that integration are getting picked out as the big benchmarks in selecting one service over another.

At the AWS re:Invent 2016 conference in Las Vegas, NV, Leo Cheng, VP of Strategy and Business Development at Solano Labs Inc., joined Stu Miniman (@stu), co-host of theCUBE*, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to discuss how his company is looking to meet customer needs and where he sees the importance of developers influencing business upgrades.

Deployment platforms

Introducing his company, Cheng described its efforts as “trying to harness the power of the cloud to make software development and deployment faster, more reliable and lower-cost.” He also highlighted the company’s flagship product, Solano CI, a tool for continuous integration deployment.

Noting that the company’s customer base covers a wide range of sizes, Cheng felt the scalability and automation of its platform had been what enabled Solano to help customers scale through their growth, with a number of the smaller customers they’d had when starting out in 2011 now either IPO-bound or already having put out their IPO.

Cheng also felt that while there were a number of tools out there to help customers get started on continuous integration deployment, “Once you want to really focus on your objective, focus on customer-critical issues and not worry about infrastructure, that’s when you want to use a platform like ours.” He cited the automation, scaling and abstraction as big draws for both small and large companies.

Quick upgrades

As the options open to users looking for modern ways of enhancing their development and deployment methods continue to multiply, simplicity and ease of use are where Cheng sees those customers gravitating. “Today, the open-cloud versus VPC … and on-prem, those lines are kind of blurring,” he said. “Most of what our customers want is the agility and the cost-savings of the cloud, without having the headache of managing it, so this is where automation through AWS partners like us really come in to help them.”

With that ease of use, he added, quick turnaround on the deployment should follow the “coffee time” level of quickness, with rebuilding and testing taking only as long as it would to go get a fresh cup of coffee. He felt that business people could use a better grasp of the importance of time to their developers and that as these new tools improved, developers would make that need more obvious.

“There’s a point where developers are starting to move toward companies that want to actually have these advanced tools, because frankly, these developers don’t want to work for companies that have these legacy tools,” Cheng said. As his company continues working to make these operations more accessible for both the technical and business sides of companies, he expects to see more and more of them either upgrade or be left behind.

Amazon Advanced Technology Partner

After the cameras stopped rolling, Cheng was compelled to provide additional information about his company, including that Solano Labs is an Amazon Advanced Technology Partner, with a DevOps competency designation.

He also added that Solano launched its 30/30 promotion at re:Invent, where customers can choose 30 percent faster builds or 30 percent lower cost. “This is consistent with our scalability value proposition,” Cheng said. “We welcome folks to read more about this on our blog or take advantage of the offer by visiting our website.”

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of AWS re:Invent. (*Disclosure: AWS and other companies sponsor some AWS re:Invent segments on SiliconANGLE Media’s theCUBE. Neither AWS nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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