Deploying UrbanCode Deploy Blueprint Designer Cloud Applications Part 3 – Building a Lab Environment

Now that we have covered connecting to AWS and understand agents and agent relays, it is time to take a step back and look at how to construct a lab environment for IBM UrbanCode Deploy (UCD) and the IBM Blueprint Designer (BPD).  There are a number of options to consider and in this blog I will step through three potential approaches.
Option 1 – Partial Home Setup 1
It is possible to host IBM UrbanCode Deploy on a laptop with a combination of the laptop’s native OS and virtual machines. [more]


Deploying IBM UrbanCode Deploy Blueprint Designer Cloud Applications Part 2 – Agents and Agent Relays

In Part 1 of this blog series, we connected the Blueprint Designer to AWS. In Part 2, we are going to discuss agents and agent relays. Agents are the UCD objects that actually execute the deployment. Agent relays are mechanisms to scale multiple agent environments. The focus of this blog entry is to review the mechanics of how agents and agent relays work together in preparation for how blueprints make use of them. Information on how to install agents and agent relays is provided in the UCD Knowledge Center. [more]

Deploying IBM UrbanCode Deploy Blueprint Designer Cloud Applications Part 1 – Connecting to the AWS Cloud

This blog series is about deploying your first IBM UrbanCode Deploy Cloud application using UCD, the Blueprint Designer, and Amazon Cloud Services. IBM used to refer to the Blueprint Designer extension with UCD as UrbanCode Deploy With Patterns (UCDP) but seems to have dropped that distinction after bundling the applications post version 6.1.1.  It is now simply referred to as the Blueprint Designer (BPD). To begin, we assume that you already have the BPD product components installed and you have an AWS account.  [more]

IBM UrbanCode Blueprint Designer Value Proposition: Eliminating Manual Configuration in IBM UrbanCode Deploy

Over the last couple of releases, IBM UrbanCode Blueprint Designer has undergone significant evolution to become a real enterprise scale cloud deployment tool extending the “traditional” use cases of UrbanCode Deploy. There are now examples of some very complex implementations between Apple and IBM dealing with dozens of cloud instances. To date, the use of IBM Blueprint Designer is relatively small and completely new within enterprises currently using IBM UrbanCode Deploy. This blog entry talks about identifying the value proposition of using IBM UrbanCode Blueprint Designer over “traditional” UrbanCode Deploy when deploying applications to the cloud. [more]