rPath rBuilder 5.8 targets 'deployment dysfunction' for Windows apps, expands from Linux base
The lives of IT admins in Windows environments should get a little easier with the launch of rPath's rBuilder 5.8 for "push-button" deployment of Windows Server instances.
The Raleigh, N.C. company's rBuilder 5.8 introduces release automation to the world of Windows Server applications. With the new software, rBuilder 5.8 earns bragging rights as a first commercial solution to address deployment automation for Windows instances and apps. [Disclosure: rPath is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]
The deployment challenge
most IT organizations, deploying Windows apps into production is
complex, cumbersome, and time-consuming. That complexity can lead to
long delays in full deployments that leave a dark cloud hanging over
service levels and business agility.
The rise of public cloud services such as Amazon EC2 has further motivated IT to become more responsive to business lines.
its automation approach, rBuilder 5.8 is wrestling that challenge to
the ground with what it calls “push-button deployment” of Windows apps.
This software helps to automatically resolve dependencies to virtually
eliminate deployment-time failures, automatically generate standard MSI packages that are ready to deploy, apply version control to all packaged elements, and eliminate drift between dev, test, and production release stages, says rPath.
rBuilder 5.8 also generates image output on demand for rapid deployment or retargeting between physical, virtual, and cloud
environments, makes way for targeted changes for low-overhead,
conflict-free maintenance, and provides a single enterprise solution
for automated deployment of any application, running any platform,
deployed to any execution environment -- physical, virtual, or cloud,
There are some more resources available on the capabilities and new release: Attend a free, live webinar Nov. 16; watch a short video; read a whitepaper, and learn more.
The need for deployment speed
dysfunction is a primary source of delay in delivering IT services in
response to business demand. The rPath solution also works to
complement Microsoft development and operating environments, including Team Foundation Server and System Center Configuration Manager.
some 70 to 80 percent of IT spending due to operating expenses, nearly
half is attributable to deployment-related tasks. This is
particularly true for Microsoft Windows environments, which constitute
74 percent of the data-center server market. If rBuilder 5.8 lives up
to its promises, it could find a home in many Windows-based IT
departments. And it lends a hand in migration and hybrid deployments,
rPath has also joined the Microsoft System Center Alliance,
a partner community in support of the System Center ecosystem. The
System Center Alliance provides an online community that aims to help
partners collaborate on the creation of solutions for the System Center
and deliver an information resource about these new solutions for
customers and sales channel partners.
BriefingsDirect contributor Jennifer LeClaire provided editorial assistance and research on this post. She can be reached at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jleclaire and http://www.jenniferleclaire.com.
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