Cloud Tools now supports Amazon Elastic Block Store


One of the exciting new features of Amazon EC2 is Elastic Block Store, which provides truly durable storage for your instances. Prior to EBS, the contents of the file system disappeared once an instance was terminated. This meant that if you wanted to run a database server on EC2 you had to use MySql master-slave replication with frequent backups to Amazon S3. With EBS running a database on EC2 is a lot easier. You can simply create an EBS volume, attach it to an instance, and create a filesystem that gives you long-lived disk storage for your database. Moreover, you can easily back up an EBS volume by creating a snapshot (stored in S3). And, if you ever need to restore your data, you can create a volume from a snapshot.

Cloud tools now supports Amazon EBS. You can launch an application with a database stored on a brand new volume; on an existing volume; or on a volume created from a snapshot. You can also convert an already running application to use elastic block storage. Finally, you can create an EBS snapshot of the database. Currently, only the Maven plugin supports this functionality but I plan to update the Grails plugin shortly.

Please check out the project’s home page for more information and send me feedback.

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AnthillPro 3.6 Released – What’s New Features in AnthillPro?


Major New Features In AnthillPro 3.6


Improved support for geographic distribution. The server-agent communication layer has been reworked for better performance. The new approach also supports the use of a Relay Server that acts as a proxy for agents behind a firewall or in another location. Distributed web front ends can also be employed to improve responsiveness for users connecting over the WAN.

Preflight builds. At the push of a button, preflight builds integrate the developer’s changes with a snapshot of the latest source code, and then run a build in the build environment, not on the developer’s machine. If a Preflight Build fails, the developer is immediately notified.

Test and coverage trending and metrics. Discover test and coverage trends. Compare any two builds and see which tests and suites fail the most or take the longest. Or see if coverage is improving or decreasing.


New and Improved Integrations


EMMA code coverage integration. Run EMMA and publish coverage reports with the EMMA integration. In addition, AnthillPro users can generate a coverage report for every project that uses EMMA.

Mercurial integration. Set up AnthillPro projects that use the Mercurial repository to check out code, build, tag, and more.

AccuRev integration expanded. AnthillPro can now automatically generate and manage a pool of AccuRev streams, making configuration and maintenance easier.

Team Foundation Server 2005 and 2008 are now supported concurrently.

Jira Integration updated. AnthillPro can now update issue status and leave a comment regarding what it did.


Other Improvements


 Remote agent management. Agents can be restarted from the main UI.

 Easier view of source code changes across builds. Any two builds can be compared with AnthillPro listing the changes between them as well as changes to their dependencies.

 Copying projects, workflows and jobs has been made easier and more flexible.

 The types of user defined workflow properties can now be changed. Fields can also be marked as password fields.

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