Customers are a funny lot. No matter what you give them, they always demand more (and to do more with less): more options, more platforms, less time to build, less hardware needed, etc. We don’t mind because, at the end of the day, they just want to release better software faster.
Here are some of the latest examples of more/less requests from customers:
“We’d like to build faster on Amazon with ElectricAccelerator while keeping my cloud expenses in check.”
“We want to use ElectricAccelerator and containers to build every platform I need to support.”
“We want to eliminate re-work and go even faster with ElectricAccelerator.”
“We would like to try Accelerator for free before we buy it.”
“We’d like to improve productivity by speeding up builds leveraging idle CPU’s on developer workstations.”
We listened and are happy to announce that ElectricAccelerator version 10, is now available, and it does a lot more, and does more with less. We’ve greatly expanded support for clouds and containers. We’ve made JobCache more efficient and faster. Since extra resources are always a challenge for small teams we’ve eliminated the need for a dedicated server farm.
And that’s just for starters.
Here are just some of the highlights of the new release:
1.Migrate Build Clouds to Amazon EC2
Now with built-in AWS support, migrating build clouds to Amazon EC2 becomes easy, as does dealing with bursty loads. We’re introducing native integration for dynamically provisioning and tearing down ElectricAccelerator agents using Amazon EC2 resources configured in the Cluster Manager. Automatically tearing down those instances eliminates surprise cloud charges caused by “zombie” instances that are always on and always chargeable even if no one is using them anymore.
2.Containers in the Development Process
Containers are typically thought of in terms of deployment but they can have a role in development, too. They provide better performance compared to virtualized infrastructure as well as overcome latency issues but had the challenge of high startup costs and the need to create VMs for each distro. Now you can run all ElectricAccelerator components, including the Cluster Manager, eMake, and agent components, in all types of Docker containers. You can run builds across a plethora of platforms without having to stand up a VM pool for each Linux distro. Instead, you can spin up containers for each Linux distro – and dispose of them once the build is completed – to speed up builds and make more efficient use of available hardware.
3.Accelerate Faster with JobCache
We’ve added several performance enhancements to JobCache that improve full build times by 10-50%. Like gas mileage, your results may vary depending on the proportion of cacheable work in the build.
4.ElectricAccelerator for Teams
In addition to adding more features, speed, and platform support, we’ve made it easy for small teams to use ElectricAccelerator. Now teams can speed builds and tests by pooling their desktops and laptops to form a virtual super computer. This also eliminates having to rely on IT to setup dedicated servers.
5.Accelerate on More Platforms and Operating Systems
ElectricAccelerator now supports the latest version of Android Oreo with a simpler build procedure. Plus, we’ve extended eMake support of the Ninja build system to Windows platforms. ElectricAccelerator also now supports more RHEL and Ubuntu Linux platforms.
Try It FREE
Free is the ultimate in ‘doing more with less.’ Now you can download and try ElectricAccelerator yourself, free, for 30 days. You can use it with up to 4 concurrent users/builds and up to 48 shared cores.
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