Server Configuration Tool from EdenTree Technologies® Reduces Configuration Complexity, Consolidates Computers in Test Labs

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Configuration Manager, the first configuration automation solution designed for labs, dramatically reduces test setup time by automating computer configuration.

Configuration Manager pays for itself quickly in labs that are constantly upgrading/downgrading applications by recapturing this lost productivity and eliminating unnecessary test beds and devices under test.

EdenTree Technologies, innovator of lab management and test automation solutions for network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprises, today announced the availability of EdenTree™ Configuration Manager, a breakthrough application that radically reduces software test cycles through automated reconfiguration of computers used in test lab environments.

EdenTree Configuration Manager allows test engineers to automate the setup, archiving and restoration of any UNIX, Windows, or Linux computer at any time in a fraction of the time it takes to manually reconfigure the computer. The solution allows test lab personnel to easily and quickly manage and share complex system environments consisting of hundreds of combinations of computer platforms, application versions, software releases and operating systems in active testing.

Rebuilding or updating a computer with an operating system and application can take hours or days with other methods. But Configuration Manager automates that process, reducing the time to between 15 minutes and an hour. The solution is designed for test labs, providing unmatched features required in these environments. Transparency of the solution to the configured device is a critical feature mandated by labs, resulting in devices under test that are identical to deployed systems.

"Configuration complexity is stealing away hundreds of hours of productive test lab time as lab engineers are stuck for days setting up for tests to support expanded product lines and support for multiple operating systems," said Jay Oyakawa, president and CEO of EdenTree Technologies. "Configuration Manager pays for itself quickly in labs that are constantly upgrading/downgrading applications by recapturing this lost productivity and eliminating unnecessary test beds and devices under test."

"By and large, test labs have been left out of mainstream server virtualization trend not because they don't need to better utilize their infrastructure, but because the solutions targeted at IT don't meet the OS independence and transparency requirements that are crucial to these labs," said Jessy Cavazos, industry manager for the Communications Test & Measurement Group at Frost & Sullivan. "EdenTree brings unique capabilities to this problem with its Configuration Manager, and we're optimistic that this pioneering effort will turn into a vibrant part of the industry."

Designed for Labs

In much the same way that virtualization is being used to reduce space and costs and improve computer utilization in production environments, Configuration Manager achieves these results for test lab environments, ensuring transparency of the solution, multi-OS support, a programmatic interface allowing automated configuration of devices without manual intervention, and other key features required for test lab environments.

Configuration Manager can be used to recreate a complete test environment. Application versions, databases, operating systems, test scripts, and test data can be saved and recalled, saving time and eliminating set-up errors when recreating a specific configuration at a later date. The system makes it easy to capture and resolve defects quickly, by reproducing complex configurations in an error state.

EdenTree Lab Operating System™ Suite

Configuration Manager is a member of EdenTree's Lab Operating System suite of solutions, and integrates seamlessly with the company's award-winning Lab Manager 5.0 application, a drag-and-drop topology manager and scheduler. Lab Manager automatically creates test topologies by managing physical layer switches that provide connectivity in a test lab. The two applications working together provide complete topology management, scheduling and automation of configurations, and include integrated user access permissions, event messaging, and reporting features. The combined solution is a powerful lab automation platform that is unique in the industry.

The Configuration Manager software runs on a standard EdenTree appliance. It communicates with computers and storage arrays using storage area networks (SAN) and Ethernet networks (LAN) depending upon individual customer requirements. Configuration Manager uses a LAN interface for computer command and control.

Each instance of the software can support hundreds of computers and up to 100 terabytes of storage depending upon the storage infrastructure used. More details are available from EdenTree.

Pricing and Availability

Configuration Manager is available today for Sun Solaris, Linux and Windows based computers. The price for Configuration Manager is between $1,000 and $5,000 per server, depending on customer configuration.

For more information, go to http://www.edentreetech.com or contact the company via info@edentreetech.com.

About EdenTree Technologies

EdenTree Technologies has been providing lab management and automation solutions to network equipment manufacturers, service providers, and enterprises since 2003. EdenTree's Lab Manager, the Lab Operating System™ and leading software platform for managing, configuring and scheduling lab resources, is used by industry-leading companies including Cisco Systems, Hitachi Data Systems, Ericsson, Verizon and AT&T, helping them to reduce testing time and costs, increase leverage of equipment investments, and improve asset tracking. EdenTree brings an unprecedented level of speed, efficiency, and productivity to network labs, by eliminating manual reconfigurations, enabling remote access, automating repetitive processes, and storing test configurations and results. For more information, please visit http://www.edentreetech.com.

EdenTree, EdenTree Technologies, "Lab Operating System" and the EdenTree logo are trademarks of EdenTree Technologies, Inc. All other marks used in this press release are the property of their respective owner.

Copyright © 2007 EdenTree Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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