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Mastering Middleware Configuration Management

Moving applications across the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) can be time consuming, costly, and frustrating due to the manual tasks required to move heavy workloads in support of day-to-day business operations.

Are you looking to significantly improve your deployment times while reducing risks and errors associated with manually configuring and deploying applications, all while setting the foundation for DevOps environment? 

Then look no further, Talos is here to help!

What is Talos?

Talos is a middleware configuration management tool which forms part of a DevOps toolchain and substantially reduces the complexity of configuring, managing & migrating middleware. It benefits users of middleware who either want to migrate to the cloud or drive better operational control of their middleware estate. As a migration and configuration tool Talos has pre-built interfaces to popular middleware, container and cloud platforms.

In contrast to configuration and orchestration tools such as Puppet and Ansible, Talos provides a comprehensive toolkit that normalises the way that multiple middleware platforms are administered.This enables the easy visualisation of compliance, enhances configuration consistency and eases the implementation of migration tasks.

How does it work?

Talos configuration management system allows you to normalise the way you work across all the middleware in your estate.

Environments can be discovered including IBM WebSphere Application Server, Apache Tomcat, Red Hat JBoss, F5 Big-IP, IBM DataPower, etc and pull in their whole configuration and store that configuration in a standard format. That configuration can be used as a simple user interface to create templates of configurations, which can be tokenised and replay to existing or new environments.

In addition Talos can perform the build out process, and integrates with cloud providers to be able to instantiate the required infrastructure.

Talos can also compare differences between environments, allowing to see configuration differences that might be causing problems in the application and then create a template based on the differences to replay at the different environment to make them both the same.

Talos can also translate from one middleware type to another, a popular use case for this is migrating from a monolithic WebSphere application Server cell to a WebSphere Liberty cluster to make better use of system resources for less complex applications.

Talos can also build and manage Docker containers, from the creation of the image, to the instantiation of the process and the deployment of the application, all delivered using the templates created and activities available within Talos.

Middleware, Cloud and Orchestration interfaces supported

Available Middleware Toolkits

  • IBM Liberty Server
  • Apache Tomcat
  • Redhat JBoss/WildFly
  • IBM HTTP Server
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server
  • IBM MQ
  • F5 Big-IP
  • IBM DataPower
  • Oracle WebLogic
  • Magento
  • IBM WebSphere Portal
  • IBM WebSphere Commerce
  • IBM Mobile First

Available orchestration engine integrations

  • Jenkins
  • RedHat Ansible
  • IBM Urban Code Deploy
  • HP Operations Orchestration

Available cloud provider integrations

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Microsoft Azure
  • IBM Cloud
  • Red Hat OpenShift
  • VMWare
  • IBM PureApplication Systems

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