Breaking down silos with automation and visibility
DevOps is characterized by better collaboration across functional groups, especially between development and operations. Moving towards Continuous Delivery and taking advantage of the shift to cloud are common initiatives for teams adopting DevOps. With IBM UrbanCode Deploy developers and production support teams can use the same automation to deliver changes throughout the lifecycle. Developers benefit from rapid feedback when new builds are automatically deployed into test environments, while operations benefits from running the same, test process, in production to avoid mistakes. With IBM UrbanCode Release, release planning is streamlined. Developers and testers can easily capture configuration and infrastructure tweaks made to labs that will need to be repeated in production. Meanwhile, release managers can easily see which projects are trending towards completion and which might miss the release train.
Scenario 2: Full-stack environment management
Developing in and for the cloud presents unique challenges. Today, IT organizations are automating their builds, tests, infrastructure deployments, and application deployments in an attempt to align with a certain level of Continuous Delivery. Managing the environments for these activities requires more than the application layer, environments are comprised of multiple layers (compute, network, storage, configuration and applications) known as the full-stack. Typically, stakeholders have to log into individual tools to stand-up and manage their environments. With IBM UrbanCode Deploy, stakeholders can leverage Openstack standards to create a reusable full-stack environment blueprint that is portable across multiple cloud providers.
Scenario 3: Coordinating Change
Making sure what was tested together is released together
Applications are increasingly assembled out of interdependent services and components. Keeping track of what has been tested together, and what should be released together is increasingly a challenge. IBM UrbanCode Deploy is a release automation tool that models applications as a collection of component parts. When tests pass, it can create a “Snapshot.” IBM UrbanCode Release is built to track operational releases containing many related application and infrastructure changes. It generates a manifest of all changing applications known as a “Release Version” to create a unit of promotion that spans applications. With impact analysis, and deployment day orchestration, UrbanCode Release helps delivery teams stay in control.
Scenario 4: Manage and Migrate WebSphere Application Server
UrbanCode Deploy, with plugins for WebSphere Application Server, helps you to automate and simplify the management of configurations across environments. These plugins enable configuration management automation in concert with application deployments and allow for better tracking of configurations in you software delivery lifecycle. Perhaps most importantly, the The WebSphere Application Server – Configure plugin will simplify and automate migration of older versions of WAS to version 9.