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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.Folder Management Insights• Managing folder structures and files on targetservers, for example configuration files under a“conf” folder, can be time consuming and proneto error. It is often a manual task and changes ina development environment, when “promoted”to production often means trying to make thesame changes in production that you madein development, perhaps with some unique“production only” settings or variables. Often,you’ll need to get the developer who made thechanges in development, along with the productionoperator, to go through and change the files. Thereis enormous scope for something to be missed,mis-typed or configured wrongly.• This plugin allows you to manage folders on targetservers centrally in a configuration managementtool. You can snapshot a (Development or“Golden”) folder structure, by giving the top leveldirectory path and a set of filesets to include/exclude for both configuration and binary files. Thissnapshot set of files can be compared over time(comparison of checksums for the binary filesets)to determine configuration drift.• The filesets can be templated and parameterised,using environment specific data dictionary files andstored in the SCM tool on the framework server,managed centrally. The template folder structurein SCM can be packaged up for deployment toother targets, thus enabling filesystem files to beconfiguration managed and deployed out to targetservers just as you would for code.RapidDeploy™ Plugin for Folder ManagementRapidDeploy™ 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 Folder Management plugin.Plugins are downloaded through the Plugin Manager console in RapidDeploy™, or from the MidVisionwebsite at™TargetPlugin
  2. 2. • 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.Folder Management Plugin OverviewThe RapidDeply™ Folder Management plugin allowsa target filesystem, folder or set of files to be managedby RapidDeploy™. You can snapshot a folder, selectingfile patterns to include and exclude. These files canbe tokenised and stored in an software configurationmanagement tool. The filesystem can then be pushedout to other machines and machine specific replacementparameters used to “customise” the filesystem on thetarget machine.If you use software that is not listed here and youwould like to manage it using RapidDeploy™ pleaseemail with the details. Forfuture versions, we aim to have support within twoquarters of the vendor announcing general availability,although customer demand can accelerate ourdevelopment 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 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 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 If you are an IBM Rational Automation Framework customer andwould like access to this plugin, please contact us at©MidVision2013.Allrightsreserved.RapidDeploy™TargetPlugin