On March 21, version 6.2.4 of UrbanCode Deploy will be available to our customers. This release addresses two important aspects of the product:
UrbanCode Deploy is better with Cloud… and …
UrbanCode Deploy continues to address tricky deployments.
In the first category, “Better with Cloud,” in version 6.2.4, the UCD Blueprint Designer adds Google Cloud to the growing list of supported clouds: SoftLayer, AWS, Azure and Openstack clouds. The team has also enhanced the UCD Blueprint Designer’s integration with VMWare:
- For VMWare vCenter provisioning, support has been added to allow using customization specifications, provisioning software without cloud-init via VMWare tools, and the ability to use both static and DHCP networking constructs.
- For VMWare vRealize Automation (vRA), the blueprint designer supports adding additional disks to a virtual machine definition, leveraging custom machine prefixes, and enhanced validation and support for deployment request properties. Why use UCD with vRealize? That way you get the best of deployment usability and the best integration with VMWare.
UrbanCode Deploy is well positioned to enable its users to benefit from a hybrid IT environment where deployments take place in cloud environments, to on prem data centers and the mainframe.
This new version of UrbanCode Deploy exploits the power of cloud computing with the new DevOps Connect plugin. The new plugin enables mobile app usage for UrbanCode Deply and reporting functions never before available. Use the plugin to:
- Enable an UrbanCode Deploy mobile app for your smartphone. With the UCD mobile app you can monitor the status of deployments and manage approvals, all from you iOS smartphone.
- Connect to the currently free, experimental reporting solution for UrbanCode Deploy named DevOps Insights, which will enable you to monitor deployment metrics such as throughput, and cycle time.
Version 6.2.4 of IBM UrbanCode Deploy addresses “Tricky Deployments” with usability improvements that make rolling deployments across servers easier. You can now specify how many servers to deploy to at a time within an environment, providing better control of changes across servers. Deployment Processes can now run against specific (and multiple) tags, reducing process creation overhead, and greatly simplifying Blue/Green, Dark/Light, and other advanced deployment techniques. See more info in a blog on this topic.
Tricky Deployments are further supported by plugins which provide processing and integration functions. UrbanCode Deploy updates and releases new plugins continuously, averaging about two new plugins a month! With this announcement, we recognize new plugins that support IBM, third party and open source products:
- IBM Operational Decision Maker source configuration
- Microsoft Silent Installer support for UCD v6+
- Additions to the UrbanCode Open Development community: https://developer.ibm.com/urbancode/plugins/development-community
- Rational ClearQuest
- Docker Automation, Docker source configuration, and Docker Compose
- Jenkins and Jenkins Pipeline
- IBM Integration Bus
- IBM Rational Quality Manager
- Microsoft Team Foundation Server
UrbanCode at Interconnect
If you are going to Interconnect this year, don’t miss the “Continuous Delivery Keynote: IBM UrbanCode Roadmap” Session ID: 6816A, and numerous client success stories, for example “One-Click Deployment Leveraging IBM UrbanCode at Physicians Mutual Insurance” ID: 1660A.
If you are starting to think about migrating from WebSphere Application Server v7 or v8 to WebSphere Application Server v9 due to the announced end of support for versions 7 and 8, don’t miss these UCD-WAS migration topics:
- Migrating to IBM WebSphere Application Server Version 9 with IBM UrbanCode Deploy Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM | Engagement Theater Booth #588 | Session ID: 4318A
- DevOps: Using UrbanCode Deploy to Migrate to WebSphere Application Server 9 Bluemix and SoftLayer App Server / Runtimes Breakout Session BAS–3604
I hope to see you there!