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  • 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.Rational ClearCase Insights• Implementing a DevOps process demandsintegration through the toolchain and it’sessential that your Application ReleaseAutomation tool integrates with the configurationmanagement tool your developers are using ona daily basis.RapidDeploy™ Plugin for IBM Rational ClearCaseRapidDeploy™ 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 IBM Rational ClearCase plugin.Plugins are downloaded through the Plugin Manager console in RapidDeploy™, or from the MidVisionwebsite at www.midvision.com.RapidDeploy™ToolchainPlugins
  • 2. IBM Rational ClearCase Plugin OverviewThis SCM plugin allows an external IBM RationalClearCase repository to be used as the RapidDeploy™configuration management repository. The plugin supportsClearCase UCM (Unified Change Management).Whenever a file is created or updated in aRapidDeploy™ project that is using this plugin, theactivity specified will be used to checkout the file, makethe changes and check the file back into the underlyingClearCase repository (in a UCM project for example).Please note that RapidDeploy™ will not create thespecified activity, this should have been createdbeforehand by your ClearCase administrator and shouldonly be used by the RapidDeploy™ process.If this is a new file, the parent directory will be checkedout, the element created and checked in, and the parentdirectory checked back in. Whenever a file is createdor altered by RapidDeploy™, the checkin comment willreflect the user who performed the change.This plugin requires a ClearCase client to be installed onthe RapidDeploy™ server.You must also specify the path to the cleartool commandfile on the RapidDeploy™ server.The view path specified should be the view extendedpathname to the projects top level directory.Typically this will be a UCM ClearCase project basedirectory, below which the RapidDeploy™ artifacts arestored. It will be the same directory that contains themidvision-deploy-orchestration.xml file.IBM Rational ClearCase Plugin VersionsThe RapidDeploy™ ClearCase plugin supportsClearCase version 6.0+RapidDeploy™ 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 elementswww.midvision.com©MidVision2013.Allrightsreserved.RapidDeploy™ToolchainPluginsWant 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.