Loudcloud Takes The Pain Out of Change Management With Automated Code Deployment System 2.0 Monday 14 January 2002 PDF Print Press Contact: Hannah Summers Éclat Marketing T: 01189 89 5600 M: 07767 657716 E: email@example.com Industry's Only Automated Code Deployment System Increases Security, Adds Integration With myLoudcloud Customer Portal and On-Demand Back Up and Restore London, January 14, 2001 -- Loudcloud today announced the new version of Loudcloud Code Deployment System(tm) 2.0, the industry's only automated solution for updating Web site application code. The company, which manages the Web operations for large enterprise customers, introduced CDS 2.0 to give customers more security and control over their Web site code deployment. The system also includes on-demand back up and restore of "safe" code, mitigating risks associated with poor change management procedures. Powered by Loudcloud's Opsware(tm) automation technology, the Loudcloud Code Deployment System 2.0 is a Web-based application that makes it easier, faster and safer for customers to deploy new application code and content for their Web sites. The average Loudcloud customer makes over 100 changes to their site every year, and many customers, like Atriax, the world's leading foreign exchange portal with over 70 member banks and over 7,500 registered users, make changes on a daily basis. To keep pace with business demands, customers need to make these changes quickly and authorize certain users to make those changes. Loudcloud CDS 2.0 is the only technology-based system that solves these challenges. Now, through the integration of Loudcloud CDS 2.0 with myLoudcloud(tm), Loudcloud's award-winning customer portal, customers get a Web-based, self-service interface for controlling complex code deployment. In addition, customers can authorize specific users to perform certain tasks and restrict access to unauthorized users, improving security. Code changes are one of the most frequent causes of site outages and instability. Deploying new code or content typically involves hundreds of steps, and without automation, the process is complex, error prone and time consuming. If the new code doesn't work, customers must undo, or "rollback," the changes that have just been applied. Loudcloud CDS provides easy deployment and rollback, dramatically cutting the time and effort to deploy new code. Customers like StatementOne, the leader in enterprise financial data consolidation and performance reporting, can also use the new Loudcloud CDS 2.0 on-demand back up and restore feature to designate a version of code and content as the "last known good" version to be used for restore purposes, ensuring that "safe" code always exists in the event of an emergency. All Loudcloud customers can use the Loudcloud Code Deployment System. Loudcloud customers such as Atriax and StatementOne consider this system a critical solution for managing their Internet infrastructure and have seen specific benefits that have dramatically improved their Web site maintenance and management. "Loudcloud manages an immense server farm for Atriax, and making changes across the entire environment could be quite complex and time consuming. The automation of Loudcloud CDS lets us make accurate and consistent changes simultaneously," said Stephen Epstein, Chief Technology Officer at Atriax. The world's leading foreign exchange portal backed by Citibank, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Reuters, Atriax has over 70 member banks and over 7,500 registered users. "StatementOne manages a rapidly growing data flow, currently consisting of over billion in assets, representing more than 17,000 financial advisors, over 1,450,000 investors and 3,300,000 individual accounts. In a fast-paced business environment, I have to be able to maintain control over our code deployment. With Loudcloud CDS, a dramatic time-savings is achieved and I stay in control," said Larry Greenberg, CTO, StatementOne, which uses its Internet site to deliver consolidated securities data to financial advisors and their clients. Adds Greenberg, "Because of CDS 2.0's tight integration with the 'myLoudcloud' portal, we get the benefit of an automated code deployment process, and yet maintain a proximity to our application that is critical to our success." The new features in Loudcloud CDS 2.0 are: * Complete Integration with myLoudcloud: Integration with the myLoudcloud portal provides role-based access control that allows customers to authorize users tasks appropriate to each individual, increasing security. This integration also provides self-service control over the code deployment process determining how and where code is deployed. In addition to the Web interface, a command line utility is also available if customers prefer to "script" their code deployment. * On-demand Backup and Restore: Customers can designate a version of code and content as the last "known good" version to be used for restore purposes, ensuring that "safe" code always exists in the event of an emergency. * Incremental Update: By only deploying code and content that is different from the existing code and content, customers can update large and complex sites in minutes rather than hours. * Extensible Framework: Customers can customize the behavior of the Loudcloud CDS 2.0 to meet the unique needs of their environment by writing plug-ins that can be executed before or after any operation. For example, Windows customers can update their registries after new code is deployed. Or, scripts to update configuration files can be executed before or after new code is pushed. * Code and Content Verification: Loudcloud CDS 2.0 verifies file changes between staging and production server directories before applying changes, providing another safety check for potential code problems. "One of the largest pain points for customers is updating code and content on their site. This is a complicated and risky undertaking that requires detailed tracking and coordination," said Tim Howes, CTO and EVP of Development. "Loudcloud CDS 2.0, powered by Opsware technology, automates these tasks, reducing human error and mitigating the risk of site problems and downtime that occur due to poor code or content. The ease of use of the system also gives customers the control they desire over the updating process." Loudcloud, Inc. offers a comprehensive suite of managed services that allow enterprise corporations to outsource their complex Internet operations. Loudcloud deploys, manages, secures, scales, and monitors e-business systems using its unique Opsware technology, which automates functions otherwise done manually, delivering customers higher quality, cost savings, and increased flexibility. Customers maintain control over their systems via myLoudcloud(tm), Loudcloud's award-winning customer portal. Customers also enjoy the peace of mind of high-quality, 24x7x365 operations backed by Loudcloud's award-winning service level agreement (SLA). About Loudcloud, Inc. Loudcloud is the leading managed services provider, offering a complete solution to enterprise customers for outsourcing global Internet operations. Loudcloud deploys, manages, secures, scales, and monitors e-business systems using its unique Opsware technology, which automates functions otherwise done manually, delivering higher quality, cost savings, and increased flexibility. 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