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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 -often complex, multi-layered, integrated systemsthat have evolved over time and have manyintegration points and are absolutely critical to theminute by minute operations of the business. Usingan automation tool can reduce the risk and timeassociated with such a project.WebSphere Message Broker Insights• Managing WebSphere Message Broker is oftena manual task, requiring an army of skilled WMBadministrators to manually configure manydisparate WMB configurations which are oftenquite heterogeneous between environments.Configuration changes, made manually, can easilybe misapplied, omitted, lost or be dependenton deep technical knowledge and historicalperspective on specific environments that onlyexist in individual’s heads.• The RapidDeploy™ WebSphere Message Brokerplugin allows you to manage WMB configurationscentrally in an SCM tool and deploy changesjust as you would code. You can snapshot a(Development or “Golden”) WMB configuration,template it (make it environment neutral) and usedata dictionary items to apply environment specificsettings at deployment time. Changes will neveragain be misapplied, forgotten, lost or omitted.The historical and technical perspective of whyan environment was built in a particular way overtime is now maintained in the SCM tool, and not inindividual’s heads.• The plugin allows you to reverse change (backout)back to a known good configuration. In fact youcan move forwards and back through the retainedlist of historical versions as often as is required forany or all of your environments.• The plugin also allows you to take point in timesnapshots of WMB environment configurationfor comparison over time to measure and controlconfiguration drift.RapidDeploy™ Plugin for WebSphere Message BrokerRapidDeploy™ 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 WebSphere Message Broker plugin.Plugins are downloaded through the Plugin Manager console in RapidDeploy™, or from the MidVisionwebsite at www.midvision.com.RapidDeploy™TargetPlugin
  • 2. www.midvision.com©MidVision2013.Allrightsreserved.• 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.WebSphere Message BrokerPlugin OverviewThis RapidDeploy™ plugin, for WebSphere MessageBroker, enables the automatic deployment of WMBbinaries and applications, creating WebSphere MQQueue Managers, brokers and execution groups andbar-files. Once your environments are installed, youcan deploy overrides, import existing message brokerconfigurations and create templates for use in multipleenvironments. You can also snapshot and compare yourWMB installations over time.WebSphere Message Broker PluginTask List• WmbBinaryInstallTask• WmbDeploymentTask• WmbDefaultManageBrokerTask• WmbBespokeWmbCommandTaskWebSphere Message BrokerPlugin VersionsThe RapidDeploy™ WebSphere Message Broker Pluginsupports WebSphere Message Broker 7.x and 8.x.If you use a version of WebSphere Message Brokerthat is not listed here and you would like to manage itusing the RapidDeploy™ plugin please email sales@midvision.com with the details. For future versions,we aim to have support within two quarters of IBMannouncing general availability, although customerdemand can accelerate our development roadmap.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 broad rangeof 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.RapidDeploy™TargetPlugin