Large enterprises face unique challenges when adopting DevOps and Application Release Automation (ARA) to optimize their software delivery processes. When releasing software, these organizations need to support large numbers of distributed teams, distributed infrastructure, and multitudes of (inter-dependent) applications and product releases. In addition, the overhead of regulatory and security requirements, supporting legacy systems, tool variety, complex internal processes and the risk and cost of failed releases—all further compound these challenges.
For over a decade, Electric Cloud has been helping large enterprises automate and accelerate their software delivery—enabling faster innovation, while ensuring quality, security, compliance and control.
ElectricFlow is the company’s end-to-end DevOps Release Automation platform. Chosen by top industry analysts as a Leader in ARA and DevOps Release Management, ElectricFlow is used by some of the largest organizations in the world to transform their software releases from a laborious, slow, risky and painful process—to a competitive advantage.
ElectricFlow orchestrates and automates the entire “Pathway to Production”—all the toolchain, apps, environments and processes involved in your software delivery—from code check-in, through testing, deploying, all the way to a successful Production Release. The tight integration between the various tools and processes eliminates manual handoffs and silos of automation, thus speeding up cycle times and improving productquality and resource utilization. Replacing error-prone processes with predictable, model-driven delivery pipelines, ElectricFlow gives Operations confidence as code is promoted into later stages in the lifecycle. Furthermore, it provides the business security access controls, easy auditability, approval gateways and visibility into the entire release process.
Electric Cloud’s clientele is growing exponentially as more organizations from financial services, government and retail embrace DevOps Release Automation for faster and safer software delivery.
“Some of our customers use ElectricFlow to deploy more than 20,000 applications, or serve over 40,000 developers who use our solution for build/ test.
Some of our customers use ElectricFlow to deploy more than 20,000 applications, or serve over 40,000 developers who use our solution
Others are doing 10,000 product releases per year, 100,000 builds per day, 1 million integration tests per year, or hundreds of millions of test cases per day,” says Steve Brodie, Electric Cloud CEO.
This extreme scalability goes hand in hand with the platform’s flexibility and extensibility, which allows users to automate any workflow and plug-in any tool or technology stack. ElectricFlow supports hundreds of plugins, as well as robust DSL, CLI and APIs that provide programmaticcontrol over legacy tools, resources and processes.
“This also enables Bimodal IT,” explains Brodie. “Allowing organizations to support both traditional release practices and legacy apps—often more complex, and require coordination of many inter-dependent components/ environments—as well as more modern container/microservices architectures and CD pipelines.”
Since it allows enterprises to normalize their “Pathways to Production” as much as possible for faster feedback loops and reusability across teams, while allowing for flexibility to support specific needs of different teams/applications—many customers have set up the platform as a shared internal service that powers their software delivery across all teams and releases world-wide. By standardizing on their tools and processes—and having consistent build, test and deployment processes across the organization— enterprises eliminate configuration drift, bottlenecks in the pipeline, etc. and also reduce IT CAPEX and OPEX costs.
Leading organizations such as Fortune-500 banks, E*TRADE, GAP, GE, HP, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Cisco, Qualcomm and others, use Electric Cloud’s solutions to boost DevOps productivity and provide a safe, scalable, auditable, Pathway to Production. “In a world where IT is struggling to release software at the rate the business demands, ElectricFlow makes your software releases safe, fast and routine,” concludes Brodie.