Issue No. 05 - Sept.-Oct. (2012 vol. 29)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MS.2012.125
Diomidis Spinellis , Athens University of Economics and Business
Modern virtualization technology allows us to run operating systems in a virtual machine that can be hosted on facilities ranging from our laptop to a datacenter in the cloud. It's thus possible to create a virtualized development environment that contains all the tools, applications, and libraries that a programmer requires. This speeds up developer setup time, brings economies of scale, introduces parity between development and production environments, allows the use of platform-specific tools, and simplifies embedded-system development. Using VMs, testers can ensure a pristine environment and access to diverse (virtual) platforms. Deployment is also simplified by packaging all the system's components and setup into a VM appliance. Finally, on the operations side, VMs make it easier for a system to support application provisioning, maintenance windows, high availability, and disaster recovery.
Virtualization, Virtual machining, Software development, operations, virtual machine, virtualization, appliance, testing
D. Spinellis, "Virtualize Me," in IEEE Software, vol. 29, no. , pp. 91-93, 2012.