Why now?Why the market is ready for Arcshell now.
Companies are struggling to find the right combination of solutions to meet automation needs. Automation is much harder than it looks. Simple tasks performed by human operators turn out to be quite difficult to translate into code. Although there are tools available which offer to solve these problems, few often do. They also come with substantial direct and indirect costs. Unplanned custom configuration and development is often unavoidable. Installing these products may require complicated multi-tiered architectures, new hardware, and extensive training.
The “hot” solutions in the market place don’t solve all of the problems. Products like Ansible, Chef, and Puppet solve some very difficult configuration management challenges; but they are primarily aimed at operating system administrators, especially those working in large development shops and cloud or cloud like environments. There is a market gap that is not servicing individuals, consultants, and application administrators working in traditional IT environments.
Arcshell can handle configuration management tasks but it is much more than that. It is a development platform that can be used to build all kinds of highly specialized backend applications. It works well alongside other tools that require scripting to solve your problems. Regardless of the solutions being used, Arcshell is an indispensible addition to your tool set.
Buzzwords are tiring, but they do reflect strategic directions for companies. Arcshell is in line with those directions. If you are in technology circles you see the buzzwords “Agile”, “Dev/Ops”, “Automation” and so on. These buzzwords do reflect a reality in what corporations are trying to achieve. Arcshell fits these spaces very well. Arcshell brings Agile like development capabilities to your shell scripts. Arcshell enables automation in areas which are not currently being automated, and those assets can be developed by very small teams and distributed throughout the enterprise or broader community.
The number of internet connected devices and hardware platforms running Linux as the operating system is growing. Arcshell is the only sophisticated programming framework actively being developed which enables users to write powerful management utilities, command line interfaces and deploy using simple shell scripts.
Although many companies are working to make the move to Linux, this is going to take a long time. In the meantime, they are still running on other Unix operating systems. One challenge they face is that many tools are geared exclusively for Linux. Arclogic Software has worked hard to ensure that Arcshell can run in all Linux and Unix environments. Arcshell is fully tested to work in Bash and Korn shells and has worked hard to operate on all posix compliant systems
It is difficult for IT service providers to distinguish themselves from their competition. They hire from the same talent pools. They deploy the same off the shelf solutions. They run on the same hardware and so on. Arcshell is unique. It is a platform for deploying scripted assets and solutions to very large user bases quickly. Service providers running Arcshell can rapidly build and deploy solutions. This sets apart the quality of their service offerings and employee performance from the competition. Arcshell is being built with reporting in mind. Arcshell can provide environment health and relevant metrics to higher level stakeholders automatically and enable them to act on issues before they threaten customer relationships.
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