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 willWebLogic Insights• WebLogic Application Server is a complex,highly configurable product with literallythousands of interrelated configuration items.The RapidDeploy™ WebLogic plugins supportdeployment of code (in the form of ear/war files)and configuration to the WebLogic domain.• The plugin includes tasks to install and patchWebLogic binaries on target server.• The plugin includes modules for snapshottingall configuration items in a WebLogic domain forcomparison over time to highlight configurationdrift. The exported configuration may also betemplated and used as the basis to re-import tothis, or another, WebLogic domain. Snapshottingmay be achieved by either file based orJMX methodologies.• The plugin also includes modules for WebLogicconfiguration and code deployment via a Pythonscripting framework. This allows for an application,its mappings and WebLogic configuration itemsto be deployed in an idempotent way (Thedeployment always brings the target up to thedesired state). All common configuration items aresupported in a simple to understand and use way.• It is easy, for example, to set a cluster count andtopology with a couple of configuration lines, insteadof the (potentially) thousands of lines that wouldbe needed using an xml export definition. Then, tocreate a package to increase the cluster count byone cluster member on each node in the topology isa single character change to the configuration file.This will be rolled out and updated automatically onthe next deployment to this environment, along withany other code and configuration changes bundledinto this package. Packages can be rolled forwardsand back as required.RapidDeploy™ Plugin for WebLogicRapidDeploy™TargetPluginRapidDeploy™ 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 WebLogic plugin.Plugins are downloaded through the Plugin Manager console in RapidDeploy™, or from the MidVisionwebsite at www.midvision.com.