A little over a year ago, we announced "IBM UrbanCode Deploy with Patterns" which extended our release automation capabilities down the stack. With it, clients could easily spin up and update full-stack application environments (from compute-network-storage layers to application configuration). We call this model a "cloud blueprint" or "pattern". Since then, what we have heard from the market is clear: this full stack approach is the future of application release automation.
Now, that left us with a problem. Our core UrbanCode Deploy offering (like its competitors) would be an incomplete solution for the new normal. Well, problem solved.
Today, we're excited to announce that we are including the cloud blueprint capability in UrbanCode Deploy. Existing customers can just download version 6.1.2, upgrade, and have the capability today.
So what new capabilities do UCD customers get today?
- A rich, graphical editor for OpenStack Heat that makes defining new environments easy and fast.
- Full-stack management of applications, being able to promote infrastructure changes with code changes
- The ability to provision or update cloud environments in SoftLayer, Amazon, VMWare and OpenStack compatible clouds.
- Access to sandbox testing environments that are quick to create and destroy.
How does it feel to use these cloud blueprints? It feels like the cloud actually helping our developers deliver quicker. So grab the new bits and start taking advantage!