Compelling Events for Automation• Middleware Upgrades It’s great when new vendorsbring out new features - but often taking...
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  1. 1. Compelling Events for Automation• Middleware Upgrades It’s great when new vendorsbring out new features - but often taking advantage ofthem takes a good deal of time and effort to upgradethe new infrastructure - and introduces risk. Automatingthe upgrade project speeds it up, reduces the risk andbuilds a more manageable platform in the future.• Migrating off ‘Premium Product’ With the economyas it is, more organizations are forced to tighten theirbelts, and one area that has come under particularscrutiny is the annual cost of maintaining installedsoftware. Some organizations have made the decisionto move less business critical applications off moreexpensive middleware onto open-source platformssuch as JBoss and Tomcat. This type of project isaccelerated when it’s automated and an automationtool makes managing hybrid or heterogeneousenvironments much easier.• Building a PAAS or a private cloud With pressureon businesses to deliver more innovation to theircustomers, faster, we see many of our customersbuilding Platforms As A Service and private clouds.These are a lot faster and quicker to set up using anautomation tool, and a lot quicker to manage demandonce they are up and running.• Core business application upgrades or migrationsMany of our customers occasionally need to upgradeor even replace their core business applications - oftencomplex, multi-layered, integrated systems that haveevolved over time and have many integration pointsand are absolutely critical to the minute by minuteoperations of the business. Using an automation toolcan reduce the risk and time associated with sucha project.• Platform migrations Sometimes it’s time to movefrom one platform to another - for instance, customerssometimes feel that a UNIX based platform willoffer them performance advantages over an OS400platform. But moving hundreds of middlewareapplications might seem like a challenge too far -without automation.• Rearchitecting Change is a constant and businessesneed to continually evolve their IT infrastructureand operations, build new environments for thingslike Disaster Recovery and automating the buildand deployment of these new environments meansdelivering them faster.Chef Insights• If you’re a Chef user you’ll be used to pickingfrom the thousands of open-source recipesavailable from OpsCode and by usingRapidDeploy™ you can run and manage theenvironment configuration using our orchestrationengine. You can also export your tasks to Chef,so users of Chef server can also take advantagesof tasks that exist in RapidDeploy™ and exportthem as recipes.RapidDeploy™ Plugin for ChefRapidDeploy™ provides organizations with Application Release Automation capabilitiesto reduce costs, improve productivity and time to value and assure compliance. Thereis a range of plugins available to extend the core automation framework capabilities tomost available platforms and perform integrations throughout the DevOps toolchain.This datasheet refers to the Chef plugin.Plugins are downloaded through the Plugin Manager console in RapidDeploy™, or from the MidVisionwebsite at www.midvision.com.RapidDeploy™CloudPlugins
  2. 2. Chef Plugin OverviewThis plugin allows RapidDeploy™ to seamlesslyintegrate with the OpsCode Chef DevOps tooling.There are two options for the integration:• Install Chef-Solo by orchestration and run recipes onthe target• Create and upload your RapidDeploy™ orchestrationtasks as a recipe to Chef server.Installing Chef-Solo and running recipeson the targetRapidDeploy™ supports deployments via Chef SoloUsing RapidDeploy™ with Chef ServerChef integration allows the framework server to integratewith Chef server to package project environments asrecipes into a Chef cookbook for the project.On the RapidDeploy™ Project panel,you can exportdeployment resources to a cookbook. By usingthe add/update cookbook button, you can uploadyour cookbook to Chef server if Chef workstation isinstalled. One cookbook will contain one project andall its environments. For each environment there aredifferent recipes, which uses the proper environmentvariables. The default recipe can be used withoutenvironment settings (so therefore no environmentvariables can be used).When modifying a project or its environments, thecookbook folder will be updated with the new settings.The lib dependencies will exist in a separate cookbook,which is a dependency to all other cookbooks.Chef Plugin VersionsThe RapidDeploy™ Chef plugin supports all recentversions of OpsCode ChefRapidDeploy™ PluginsThe RapidDeploy™ plugins extend the functionality ofthe core automation framework and are categorised inthe following way:• Toolchain plugins enabling integration with BuildEngines, Artifact repositories and Source ControlManagement tools• Transport plugins enabling use of SSH andAgent capability• Target plugins enabling connectivity with broadrange of Middleware Applications and Databases• Cloud plugins enabling connectivity to cloud providers• Business Intelligence plugins to extend theCAF including for example, enhanced comparisonfunctionality and additional reporting capabilitiesPlugins ship with:• A Library of commonly used tasks• Wizards extensive help information• Predefined automation library elementsWant this plugin? Getting hold of it’s easy - either:1) Go to the Plugin Manager in your installation of RapidDeploy™ and pick your plugin from the list or2) Go to www.midvision.com Support Downloads RapidDeploy Plugin Downloads and select yourplugin from there. If you have any problems, please call or email your MidVision Account Manager.You must license your plugin separately - please speak to your MidVision Account Manageror email sales@midvision.com. If you are an IBM Rational Automation Framework customer andwould like access to this plugin, please contact us at www.midvision.com.www.midvision.com©MidVision2013.Allrightsreserved.RapidDeploy™CloudPlugins

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