case studies
Visual Network Design, doing business as Rackwise, develops innovative software technology for data centers. The software visualizes, documents, models, analyzes, and manages the data center physical IT infrastructure. Rackwise’s product family is broadly used by original equipment manufacturers to intelligently configure rack-based telecommunication and computer systems, as well as Fortune 1000 companies and service providers that wish to properly plan and manage their data centers.
Technology
  • NET Framework 2.0 (C#, ASP.NET)
  • Windows and Web client apps
  • Web service
  • MS SQL Server 2005 backend
Challenge
 
Rackwise core product is called Data Center Manager. The software uses a Windows application (an MS Visio add-on) to model a data center, a navigation portal, drill-down data center capacity search, executive reports, advanced device configuration information and the detailed device analysis for more than 20,000 data center IT devices. It allows organizations to manage their entire data center infrastructure from a central location, managing IT assets and physical infrastructure associated with power, cooling, space and connectivity.
 
The company has an aggressive plan to enhance the application and considerable effort is required to implement it. Quality is of the essence, as the application is used extensively by a large number of clients and a single error could make a client pull out. The client has retained Roxosoft to improve the quality of the application and significantly reduce development costs.
Solution
 
Roxosoft provides off-site development of the product, maintaining close contact with client managerial and development teams. Throughout the project, the Roxosoft team is involved in the following activities:
  • Setting up effective and transparent communication with the Rackwise development team in different geographic locations and time zones
  • Integrating an off-site Roxosoft team into the client’s environment and maintaining all the client’s development processes and automation tools
  • Communicating requirements with the Rackwise management team
  • Developing new DCM features
  • Fixing bugs
  • Participating in solution re-architecture and code refactoring
Benefits
 
Partnership with Roxosoft helped Visual Network Design reduce development costs while maintaining excellent product quality and contributed to the product’s stability and reliability.