AppOrbit: Managing Next Gen Applications Across Hybrid Environments

Rahul Ravulur

Co-founder & CEO

The dynamics of application development have changed significantly in the past few years creating challenging circumstances for application development and testing teams. Owing to the complex application landscape, the need to move to the Cloud, and talent crunch,development teams have been on the lookout for solutions that don’t just help them deal with the problems at hand but to continuously improve and be responsive to the business. This is where appOrbit acts as an enabler with its converged DevOps platform. It allows customers to build, test, and release software much faster than they could do earlier while enabling their software engineering teams to be more responsive to the business. The platform helps focusing engineering efforts on innovation in order to create better features to make the applications more competitive and deliver better customer experience.

appOrbit platform abstracts out the underlying infrastructure so that it doesn’t matter which cloud it is running on

Rahul Ravulur, CEO, appOrbit adds, “We give customers an evolutionary path for existing applications, so that they can modernize these applications and move to modular architectures, making them more cloud friendly so that these applications can be componentized into smaller building blocks. These building blocks can later be updated with essentially newer software packages.” appOrbit enables packaging of both existing and new applications into containers and allows them to be versioned and re-composed on any infrastructure. It helps building a cloud portable application stack which can be migrated to any other cloud device in a click. The appOrbit platform makes the entire development process effective and productive by reducing the time taken for setting up the application test environment. Through this platform, the developers, QA engineers, and even business users can very easily synthesize a comprehensive application environment.
Ravulur proudly claims that appOrbit creates a comprehensive app environment in a few clicks.

The development teams today aim to move with the speed of DevOps. Multiple teams concurrently make changes to application stacks very quickly, which can prove to be troublesome for them. This speed can cause integration challenges leading to a poor customer experience. This speed of DevOps calls for advances in automated testing, but also requires different teams including the business to have a seat at the table to provide contextual integration testing, performance testing, feature integration testing, and user acceptance testing. appOrbit simplifies this by allowing its clients to shift-left their entire testing experience. “The idea is that a developer who is even working on a small component of a code can very easily create a complex application environment and test that code against the application environment and be able to actually rewind that environment back and forth,” clarifies Ravulur.

While the company creates a productive application environment for the developers, it also ensures that security is not compromised at any point of time. In cases where providing access to production data to testers and developers becomes essential to carry out production like systems testing, appOrbit creates data pipelines. These pipelines,through data masking and data sub-setting,remove all the personally identifiable information creating data templates that can be made available to the test teams. The test teams can thereafter access data templates with the right access control permissions and once this pipeline is setup, one can refresh that pipeline in a very efficient way by being able to get that data. Highlighting another major aspect of security that appOrbit takes care of, Ravulur says, “A lot of times when you are making changes to your application stack, you want to be able to run through security tests. In such situations, we allow you to spin up these security testing environments.”

In a very short span of time, appOrbit has attained capabilities that keep it at the forefront of managing next generation applications across hybrid environments. Applications running on appOrbit can not only be deployed on any cloud but be migrated to a different cloud if the business need demands it. Additionally, the company’s association with Google Cloud allows it to assist clients who need assistance to spin up large test environments on demand and they can spin up a large performance test environment that sometimes has 100s of servers. They can spin that up on demand, run this very quickly on a cloud provider like Google Cloud, and tear it down.
The appOrbit platform abstracts out the underlying infrastructure so that it doesn’t matter which cloud it is running on. appOrbit also invests its efforts and resources on providing the software defined storage aspects of Application defined infrastructure. Working in this direction, the company has also been associating with leading technology companies. One of these associations has been with Juniper. With Juniper Contrail, the company programs the underlying infrastructure from a network and security policy perspective. These network and security policies help program at a very granular level the access flows between different components in an application and across application components as well..

Banking on its expertise and these partnerships, appOrbit has served an impressive client base since its inception. A case in point here is that of a large telecommunication company, which uses a billing software stack that was developed last decade. As the telco industry is undergoing a large transformation to software-based services, this challenge is given to a large engineering team that needs to retrofit its IT processes so that whenever a new service is added into its portfolio, the billing software is updated with new products, subscription models. To respond to these needs quickly and cost-effectively, the client needed help with these services and DevOps pipeline. “They asked us if we can cut short the time that it’s taking to release the new features to market that actually would be valuable. Earlier they were spending about three weeks for setting up these application environments and these were large environments,” elaborates Ravulur. appOrbit implemented its platform to automate their DevOps pipeline. As part of their DevOps pipeline, appOrbit automated the testing environments that changes many times a day, as and when new versions of code are checked in. appOrbit has now reduced the time taken for setting up the application environments to an hour, providing unprecedented speed with the same level of confidence in quality to its client.

With a team geared up to assure the best to the clientele, appOrbit has added many such successful customers to its list of accomplishments. Ever since the beginning of its journey, appOrbit is following the vision of seeingthe customers being able to build dynamic applications. “We are seeing some big companies and very sophisticated start-ups are able to do that. Today, setting up these applications on the cloud environments in a very sophisticated manner is only available to few companies. It should be democratized and made available to everyone,” concludes Ravulur.