SOURCE: Akimbi Systems

June 05, 2006 08:00 ET

Akimbi Systems Announces Support for IBM Rational Release 7, Team Products, Including Out-of-the-Box Integration of Akimbi Slingshot

Akimbi Slingshot Now Certified Ready-for-Rational, Enhancing Integrated Test Management Across Distributed Development Teams

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 5, 2006 -- Rational Software Developers Conference, Booth #331F -- Akimbi Systems, a global leader in Virtual Lab Automation software, today announced its support for IBM Rational Release 7, Team products including out-of-the-box integration of Akimbi Slingshot with IBM Rational ClearQuest™ and Rational test automation products. Through Akimbi Slingshot, which has achieved Ready for IBM Rational software validation, users are able to reduce test setup time by 40% or more, as well as instantly capture and reproduce software defects -- all of which substantially streamlines processes across globally distributed application development and test organizations.

"IBM helps customers govern their software development environments to accelerate global software delivery," said Michael Loria, vice president, business development, Rational Software, IBM. "The integration between Akimbi Slingshot and Rational ClearQuest amplifies one of the key benefits of our Team products -- supporting geographically distributed development teams, allowing our customers to customize their test management workflows."

Akimbi Slingshot eliminates the need for time-consuming setup and teardown of test environments by providing rapid image-based provisioning, capture, storage and sharing of complex, multi-tier test configurations. These capabilities are exposed through the Rational user interface -- requiring no knowledge of Akimbi Slingshot by end users -- and dramatically accelerate the rate at which test sets can be executed and defects resolved by distributed teams using Rational test products. Rational and Akimbi now provide the industry's only out-of-the-box solution for capturing complex defect states which can later be accessed by developers, ensuring the ability to rapidly reproduce, troubleshoot and resolve even the most complex, environmentally sensitive bugs -- whether found by a co-located quality team or one located a continent away.

"Akimbi Slingshot and IBM Rational Release 7, Team products combine to empower globally distributed teams by addressing a set of challenges that have historically combined to impede distributed team success," said James Phillips, CEO of Akimbi Systems. "By pooling and sharing lab resources, our customers are able to capture and redeploy live defect-state test configurations."

The integrated solution announced today creates a closed loop system that automatically launches the correct test configuration for an IBM Rational ClearQuest test case. Once a virtual test configuration is deployed -- which takes less than a minute -- users may execute tests against it using Rational test products. When tests fail, users can capture a snapshot of the test environment at the time of failure, and embed an Akimbi LiveLink™ URL in the ClearQuest defect report. When the developer reads the report, he simply clicks on the URL to view the defect in its "live" failed state, bypassing the multi-hour exercise of reproducing it.

For more information, or for a demonstration of the Akimbi Slingshot Ready for Rational solution, please visit Akimbi Systems at the Ready for Rational Partner Pavilion (Booth 331F).

About Akimbi Slingshot

Akimbi Systems' flagship product, the Akimbi Slingshot Virtual Lab Automation System, leverages virtual machine technology from companies like VMware and Microsoft to help Global 2000 IT organizations better support their enterprise application development teams, addressing a number of critical challenges, including:

--  controlling test lab server, storage and network equipment sprawl;
--  minimizing the overhead of manual, time-consuming test setup and
--  eliminating the cost of system failures due to latent defects in
    software systems.
Akimbi Slingshot automates the rapid setup, capture and teardown of any number of complex software configurations, and makes them available to users on a self-service basis, saving time and accelerating application development processes. With Akimbi Slingshot, organizations can pool and share servers, storage and network equipment resources, lowering the server-to-staff ratio and reducing capital expenditures.

About Akimbi Systems

Akimbi Systems is the Virtual Lab Automation technology, product and market share leader. Since 2002, Akimbi technology has been a mission-critical infrastructure component within some of the world's most effective software development organizations. Over two dozen Global 2000 enterprises including Coldwater Creek, Experian, Intel, Juniper Networks, RSA Security, and Sara Lee Corporation have selected the Akimbi Slingshot™ Virtual Lab Automation System to power their Virtual Lab Automation initiatives. Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., with regional offices in Europe and Asia/Pacific, Akimbi is a privately held company and has received funding from Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, Partech International and Stanford University. Strategic partners include VMware, Microsoft, PlateSpin and Mercury. For more information, visit

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