Welcome!

Microservices Expo Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Zakia Bouachraoui

Related Topics: IBM Cloud, @CloudExpo

IBM Cloud: Blog Post

IBM & Cloud Computing: How WebSphere CloudBurst Delivers Consumability

A consumable cloud experience

The new IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance is a one-stop shop for creating, deploying, and managing WebSphere virtual systems in a private cloud. It has quite a lot of very cool features that make this a possibility, and I could go on and on about those features. That’s not where I’m heading today though. Recently, I’ve spent a bit of time experimenting with the appliance, and there’s a theme throughout the entire offering that has me truly excited to see this in the hands of users: Consumability.

It’s nice to have cool features and function, but it is even nicer to be able to easily put those features and functions to work for your business. In my opinion, WebSphere CloudBurst excels at enabling users to take advantage of its plethora of features. To start, the fact that it is delivered as an appliance means users can drop it in, connect it to a network, and power up the box. After a minimal amount of one-time setup, WebSphere CloudBurst is ready to be used. There is no need to install and maintain software on several different machines since all of the function is delivered directly on the appliance.

Beyond the ease of use afforded by its appliance form, WebSphere CloudBurst provides a very sleek, intuitive, Web 2.0 style GUI. From this GUI, users can perform quite a few different tasks. One of the features that appeals most to me is the drag-and-drop editor for building WebSphere Application server topologies. Using the drag-and-drop editor, I constructed a configuration of clustered WebSphere Application Servers, complete with web servers, management servers, and applications in seconds. Really!

In addition to the ease in which WebSphere CloudBurst allows users to build WebSphere topologies, the ease in which these topologies are turned into running WebSphere instances is just as remarkable. After defining a private cloud to WebSphere CloudBurst, a process that is plain and simple I might add, the configurations constructed in the drag-and-drop editor are deployed to that cloud with the click of a button in the GUI. WebSphere CloudBurst takes care of assigning the WebSphere virtual systems to the private cloud based on resource availability and high availability considerations, and it assigns IP addresses as needed. The user is afforded a hassle-free process that results in a complete WebSphere middleware environment, operating system and user applications included.

Not all uses of the appliance will occur in the GUI. To that end, WebSphere CloudBurst provides a handy Command Line Interface. This CLI gives users most of the administration capabilities of the GUI, including the ability to construct and deploy WebSphere configurations. It provides sample scripts that show how to perform common tasks, and it includes an interactive wizard that guides users through completing different commands. The CLI also offers different modes of operation allowing anything from fully automated administrative tasks to more user-driven workflows.

The focus on consumability is ever present in the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance, from the physical form in which it is delivered to the easy-to-use administrative interfaces. You can take a look at some of these capabilities yourself via new demos available on YouTube.

More Stories By Dustin Amrhein

Dustin Amrhein joined IBM as a member of the development team for WebSphere Application Server. While in that position, he worked on the development of Web services infrastructure and Web services programming models. In his current role, Dustin is a technical specialist for cloud, mobile, and data grid technology in IBM's WebSphere portfolio. He blogs at http://dustinamrhein.ulitzer.com. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/damrhein.

Microservices Articles
Lori MacVittie is a subject matter expert on emerging technology responsible for outbound evangelism across F5's entire product suite. MacVittie has extensive development and technical architecture experience in both high-tech and enterprise organizations, in addition to network and systems administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning technology editor at Network Computing Magazine where she evaluated and tested application-focused technologies including app secu...
Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. He addresse...
Adding public cloud resources to an existing application can be a daunting process. The tools that you currently use to manage the software and hardware outside the cloud aren’t always the best tools to efficiently grow into the cloud. All of the major configuration management tools have cloud orchestration plugins that can be leveraged, but there are also cloud-native tools that can dramatically improve the efficiency of managing your application lifecycle. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, ...
The now mainstream platform changes stemming from the first Internet boom brought many changes but didn’t really change the basic relationship between servers and the applications running on them. In fact, that was sort of the point. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Gordon Haff, senior cloud strategy marketing and evangelism manager at Red Hat, will discuss how today’s workloads require a new model and a new platform for development and execution. The platform must handle a wide range of rec...
Containers and Kubernetes allow for code portability across on-premise VMs, bare metal, or multiple cloud provider environments. Yet, despite this portability promise, developers may include configuration and application definitions that constrain or even eliminate application portability. In this session we'll describe best practices for "configuration as code" in a Kubernetes environment. We will demonstrate how a properly constructed containerized app can be deployed to both Amazon and Azure ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true ...
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker c...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term.