Ratheon’s use of the cloud for lab functionality pays dividends. The same methods can be used by small and medium sized businesses as an equalizer. They can develop global environments without incurring the cost of an on-premises lab. Ratheon’s use of the Scrum and DevOps methodologies to break down a problem into smaller elements takes away the overwhelming nature of some enterprise level projects. In addition, the ability to scale in the cloud enables relatively easy modeling of a global infrastructure. For example: If a global organization needs to mimic functionality to 10 countries, is it going to build out the entire routing and switching infrastructure along with the systems? The answer is no. However, it can potentially reproduce the global environment with greater accuracy than in an on-premises lab. Additionally, the ability to use cloud resources on demand will save money if managed. It is important to mention that leveraging the cloud is not free. With that said, I can see how the solution shortened the development cycles for new tech insertion. Small to medium sized businesses would do well to adopt the same construct for testing, development and solution pre-positioning.
-Angel Montero, CMDSS CTO