Initially, the solution was designed to be provisioned in Oracle Cloud because the timeline for the whole project was only 4 months. Imagine how to put toguether all the stuff I mentioned in such short TTM!! You’d better utilize an agile and cloud-oriented approach or basically you are died!!!
For several reasons the project is going to be deployed on Customer premises, thus the Q&A environment was not ready in time. For that reason we decided to utilize Ravelo Systems to create a test environment just uploading the VirtualBox vm’s that we had in the developement environment. In less than 2 hours you can upload a 5Ogb vm and in our particular case in only 2 days we got up&running 5 VM’s with all security configurations to keep the environment safe.
- End users can perform acceptance testing in time while on-premises environments are installed and deployed with the business as usual approach
- The created environment can be cloned easily giving the ability to create Q&A, certification or R&D environments in minutes!
- This approach give us an idea of the diferences between the real costs of cloud computing approaches (less than 3$/hour in my particular use case) against the huge costs of traditional strategies. Just one meeting to decide how to execute a sql script on-premises may involve 10 people during 2 hours wich costs near 600$. With that money you can run the cloud environment during 200 hours…