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IBM Workload Deployer: Pattern-based Application and Middleware Deployments in a Private Cloud

An IBM Redbooks publication


Published on 22 March 2012

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ISBN-10: 0738436550
ISBN-13: 9780738436555
IBM Form #: SG24-8011-00

Authors: Carla Sadtler, Zhi Xian Chen, Seiichiro Imazeki, Matthew Kelm, Simon Kofkin-Hansen, Zhi Qiang Kou and Bobby McChesney

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    IBM® Workload Deployer provides a solution to creating, deploying, and managing workloads in an on-premise or private cloud. It is rich in features that allow you to quickly build and deploy virtual systems from base images, to extend those images, and to customize them for future use as repeatable deployable units. IBM Workload Deployer also provides an application-centric capability enabling rapid deployment of business applications. By using either of these deployment models, an organization can quickly instantiate a complete application platform for development, test, or production.

    The IBM Workload Deployer uses the concept of patterns to describe the logical configuration of both the physical and virtual assets that comprise a particular solution. The use of patterns allows an organization to construct a deployable solution one time, and then dispense the final product on demand. patterns are composed of an operating system and IBM software solutions, such as IBM WebSphere® Application Server and IBM WebSphere Virtual Enterprise. patterns are constructed to support a single application workload. The IBM Workload Deployer is shipped with a set of pre-loaded virtual images and virtual patterns. These images and patterns can be used to create comprehensive and flexible middleware solutions. They can also be cloned and customized to suit your specific needs.

    This IBM Redbooks® publication looks at two different aspects of customizing virtual systems for deployment into the cloud. First, it explores the capabilities of IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool to build and provide highly customized virtual images for use in virtual system patterns on the IBM Workload Deployer. Next, it looks at the virtual application capabilities of the IBM Workload Deployer, including those capabilities that allow you to deploy enterprise applications and database services to the cloud. It also introduces the IBM Workload Deployer Plugin Development Kit, which allows you to further extend the capabilities of the virtual application patterns.

    Table of Contents

    Part 1. IBM Workload Deployer

    Chapter 1. IBM Workload Deployer overview

    Chapter 2. Configuring the IBM Workload Deployer

    Part 2. Virtual systems and IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool

    Chapter 3. Introduction to virtual systems

    Chapter 4. Getting started with IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool

    Chapter 5. Scenario overview and prerequisites

    Chapter 6. Scenario 1: Bring your own operating system

    Chapter 7. Scenario 2: Creating images with third-party software

    Part 3. Virtual applications

    Chapter 8. Introduction to virtual applications

    Chapter 9. Virtual application pattern example: Web services

    Chapter 10. Virtual application pattern example: OSGi

    Chapter 11. Database patterns and Data Studio web console example

    Chapter 12. Custom plug-ins for virtual application patterns

    Chapter 13. Managing virtual applications

    Chapter 14. Managing virtual applications from the command-line interface

    Part 4. Troubleshooting

    Chapter 15. Troubleshooting

    Appendix A. Sample scripts


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