Electric Cloud releases DevOps solution
July 18, 2012 —
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This “failsafe” capability is provided through three mechanisms, he said: Codesafe, Runsafe and Recoversafe. ElectricDeploy comes with an IDE-style environment where developers—or any stakeholder in the process, for that matter—can actively debug the deployment process. “It’s a developer-style interface where you can put debugs, you can stop at a particular step, you can change configurations, you can define what you want to do next, you can skip things on an as-needed basis, and you can restart the process and see that the right things happen at the right times,” he said.
The second mechanism—Runsafe—enables users to threshold what is defined as a success or failure. As an example, Ramanathan said, if three of 10 servers on a Web tier fail to deploy, but the application still runs at an acceptable performance level, the user could choose to call that a success and let the remainder of the deployment continue. “The whole notion of Runsafe here is to say, ‘Look, the world is complex, applications are complex, the environments are complex...things will fail.’ Try as hard as you want to, but things will go wrong anyways. So what you need to have is the ability to dynamically account for and compensate for things going wrong.”
The ability to threshold, he said, “allows us to compensate for and accept real-world challenges that you would see in just about any environment.”
The final aspect—Recoversafe—is all about gracefully recovering from errors, Ramanathan said. “If 99 servers worked well and one didn’t work right, we have the ability to create rollback procedures, so you can roll back the 99 if you didn’t think it was the right thing, or roll forward and fix the one server that had the problem.”