SoftLayer-Extending Plesk Functionality

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  • 1. May 19-20 l Washington, DC l Omni Shoreham Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services A SoftLayer API Case Study Nathan Day CTO, SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.
  • 2. Introduction How to extend the functionality of Plesk for Linux to talk to an external web service—the SoftLayer API. 1.Plesk Modules Overview 2.SoftLayer API Overview 3.Example: SoftLayer Demo Module 4.Questions 2 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 3. Introduction A global, on-demand data center and hosting service provider The SoftLayer difference: – Automated Services and Solutions – Industry-leading Customer Portal and Open API – Industry’s First Secure Network-within-a-Network Topology – On-demand Scalability – Integrated Geographical Diversity www.SoftLayer.com 3 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 4. Introduction & Long-standing partnership across multiple Parallels product lines – Gold Partner – Member of Service Provider Alliance Program – Sponsor of Parallels Summit 4 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 5. Plesk Modules Overview “The main advantage of Plesk is the opportunity to manage a wide range of functionality from a single control panel. In this sense, integrating additional applications and services with Plesk via the mechanism of modules gains benefit as follows: – PCP (Plesk Control Panel) provides means for installing/uninstalling modules easily – Modules integrate with Plesk Language system – Modules integrate with Plesk Help system – Modules use skins provided by Plesk – Plesk provides Modules API specially designed to create Plesk-specific modules – Modules are registered in Plesk, which prevents from casual deletion of 'module’ applications” Plesk 8.3 Modules Development Guide 5 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 6. Plesk Modules Overview Plesk Modules – Consist of Front-end, Back-end, Resource Files, Install scripts, Third-party code – Controlled by a GUI Using Module Manager 6 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 7. SoftLayer API Web Service – Used for infrastructure management ▪ Control Servers or Services (DNS, iSCSI, CDN, etc.) – SOAP or XML-RPC – Same functionality available as SoftLayer customer portal – Details available at SoftLayer Developer Network http://www.softlayer.com/devnet.html 7 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 8. SoftLayer Plesk Module Example – Server Details – Bandwidth Graph from Switch Data – Server Power and Reboot Management – Accounting ▪ Previous Invoices ▪ Current Balance – Support Ticket ▪ New ▪ Previous 8 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 9. How we did it – Written in PHP – Built a class extending PHP SOAP Client – Uses built in Plesk templating – References built-in Plesk Module API – Uses built-in Plesk Global Constants – Created a template file per tab – Created a controller file per tab – Stores data in Plesk backend database 9 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 10. File listing 10 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 11. Code to access SoftLayer API $client = new SoftLayer_API_SoapClient('SoftLayer_Hardware_Server'); $objectMask = new SoftLayer_API_ObjectMask(); // General $objectMask->datacenter; $objectMask->serverRoom; $objectMask->provisionDate; $objectMask->lastOperatingSystemReload; // Hardware Components $objectMask->components->hardwareComponentModel->hardwareGenericComponentModel->hardwareComponentType; $objectMask->hardwareChassis; //software components $objectMask->softwareComponents->softwareLicense->softwareDescription->drivers; //network component $objectMask->primaryBackendIpAddress; $objectMask->primaryIpAddress; $objectMask->frontendNetworkComponents->uplinkComponent->networkVlan; $objectMask->frontendNetworkComponents->primarySubnet; $objectMask->frontendNetworkComponents->uplinkComponent->hardware; $objectMask->backendNetworkComponents->uplinkComponent->networkVlan; $objectMask->backendNetworkComponents->primarySubnet; $objectMask->backendNetworkComponents->uplinkComponent->hardware; $objectMask->bandwidthAllocation; // Billing cycle for bandwidth calculation $objectMask->account->billingInfo; $client->setObjectMask($objectMask); $server = $client->findByIpAddress($_SERVER['SERVER_ADDR']); 11 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 12. Module Page 12 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 13. General Tab 13 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 14. General Tab (continued) 14 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 15. Account Tab 15 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 16. Tickets Tab 16 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 17. Settings Tab 17 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 18. Conclusion Plesk functionality can be extended beyond the server using the modules subsystem – Next Steps for SoftLayer ▪ Publish SoftLayer Demo ▪ Encourage/Develop Integration Projects 18 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services
  • 19. References – Plesk 8.3 Unix Modules Guide – Plesk 8.3 Unix Modules Reference – SoftLayer API User’s Guide Wiki, http://sldn.softlayer.com/wiki – Kevin Laude, SoftLayer API Evangelist, klaude@softlayer.com 19 Softlayer—Extending Plesk Functionality to Control External Web Services