DevOps HIP tools for Continuous Delivery
DevOps is a key component for the success of any organization’s attempt to provide Continuous Delivery for their users. Historically, Continuous Delivery required some very sophisticated development and deployment tools to ensure the smooth delivery of software components across the enterprise. With the addition of private or public clouds as destinations for these deployments, it has placed even more integration demands on the capability of DevOps tools to perform the seamless deployment of applications from development to operations. Consequently, DevOps tools now have to have hybrid integration capabilities to perform this function.
eCube Systems’ background in enterprise application development and delivery for many years gives them a unique perspective in the evolution of DevOps tools, having provided flexible tools that have adapted for the changing development and testing requirements of software and the effective capture of the runtime environment for easy deployment. In this blog we will discuss how eCube’s products can accomplish this goal for extending Continuous Delivery with NXTware Hybrid Integration Platform for distributed development, NXTmonitor, a DevOps infrastructure for facilitating the migration of complex applications between development, test and production and NXTera, a high performance middleware for the Cloud.
While NXTera provides much of the hybrid integration platform for legacy systems with components for 3GL and 4GL languages, operating systems and databases, we will start our discussion with the NXTware Remote first, which provides a hybrid integration environment for agile developers, then discuss NXTmonitor, which is a hybrid infrastructure platform that manages the configuration, deployment, and automated execution of hybrid applications on the grid, in the cloud, or in-house systems.
NXTware Remote: Hybrid distributed development infrastructure
Having one development platform across all OS platforms can simplify developer training and save an organization a lot of money. NXTware Remote makes distributed agile development possible for a variety of server platforms including mainframes, Unix/Linux, and Windows. NXTware Remote simplifies distributed server development for C, C++, COBOL, BASIC, Pascal, FORTRAN and Java developers from a preferred desktop, making them more productive in an environment they like.
NXTware Remote is a distributed integrated development environment comprised of two hybrid integration components and a distributed middleware platform.
NXTware Remote Server can be deployed in the cloud or in house and NXTware Remote Studio, an Eclipse based cross platform IDE is installed on the developer workstations. Together, they enable developers to use modern IDEs to analyze and edit code on local workstations then compile, debug and deploy them on any remote or cloud server with greater productivity, better code quality and the agility needed to meet future needs. NXTware Remote can be leveraged to integrate with automated build platforms like Jenkins or combined with in house or third party testing utilities to verify proper functionality.
NXTmonitor: Hybrid Infrastructure Platform for DevOps
Organizations looking to manage their existing cross platform applications are choosing the hybrid infrastructure platform tools to handle the pervasive infrastructure requirements needed by digital transformation initiatives. A key component in this infrastructure is the ability to manage and scale applications across their enterprise and the Cloud. NXTmonitor application orchestration provides a GUI based tool that enables hybrid applications to be deployed by non-developers easily by handling the configuration dependent changes between Development and Operations. NXTmonitor, a modern DevOps tool, enables the capture and export of portable configuration file for the deployment and automated execution of distributed applications on the Grid or in the Cloud. Whenever you deploy new versions of applications into your production environment, you need to make sure your applications can be quickly deployed and tested so users can quickly use the new features. Most importantly, you need to able to monitor and manage these applications in enterprise and hybrid environments. To effectively manage distributed applications, you need to have a real-time management console to monitor these applications on each platform. In addition, you need the ability to start and stop these applications automatically, provide a mechanism to replicate services and scale them up during peak load times. NXTmonitor provides this console interface and simplifies the process for operations staff with easy to recognize indicators for application status. A maintenance interface is also provided for maintenance activities and development of configurations.
NXTmonitor also interfaces with agile development environments like Rational and NXTware IME for a seamless Eclipse-based software engineering environment designed to make software easier to manage and more cost effective to maintain and integrate.
NXTera: Hybrid Integration Platform
The biggest challenge most organizations face is integrating their existing application development with the latest technology. This migration to new technology is known as digital transformation, and its goal is to move some of their applications to the Cloud by extending their current integration platform software, such as ESBs or RPC based applications with new components. Proven Hybrid Integration Platforms like NXTera are based on existing middleware technologies like Entera, which hase been around for over 25 years. NXTera has evolved with the newest technologies to support new languages, new databases and new networking paradigms with the older technology. NXTera provides the legacy integration based tools that enables agile applications to be extended to the Cloud. In concert with NXTware, newer languages and technologies can be integrated with the legacy systems. To effectively integrate distributed applications with Cloud based applications, you need to have the ability to integrate each of these applications on each platform.