Serena Offers New Change and Release Capabilities for DevOps
May 13, 2013
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Serena Software announced new change and release management capabilities for itsOrchestrated IT solution set.

Serena’s newly enhanced solutions provide essential tooling for IT shops that are embracing the DevOps movement, as well as those that are simply looking to increase their change and release cadence.

DevOps has become a primary driver for IT organizations that are delivering Revenue Applications (RevApps), software applications that directly transact customer activity and bring in considerable revenue to the enterprise. The speed and frequency with which RevApps get enhanced directly impacts how quickly the business can respond to customer requests, competitive moves and changing market conditions.

Serena’s response is a series of enhancements that provide developers with self-service provisioning of environments (to go with previously available self-service application deployment), more cloud and virtualized infrastructure deployment targets, improved resource management and demand planning, as well as other enhancements that significantly reduce development and operations hassles.

The new capabilities available in version 4.5 of Serena’s Orchestrated IT solutions include:

- A new on-demand self-service portal enables developers and QA teams to immediately spin up, and later tear down, the environments they need for application development and testing.

- Developer self-service capabilities free IT operations staff from manual provisioning so they can focus on IT infrastructure and performance improvements for the business.

- Target deployment environments now include cloud platforms Windows Azure, and Amazon EC2, along with leading virtualized environments VMware ESX/ ESXi.

- Serena Release Automation now includes advanced load-balancing and failover capabilities simplifying enterprise adoption.

- Serena Release Automation is now localized into Japanese.

- Development managers can now easily capture the costs of specific tasks and easily link them to approved change requests. Low-impact capture and roll-up of the time spent on change request activities allows accurate assessment of the resources utilized by a project.

- Business change requests can be easily tracked from planning through to development.

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