IBM WebSphere Application Server migration – hand to hand with Tech Data’s Talos

Migration of IBM WebSphere for many of us, used to be a manual, prone to error, and sometimes a scary subject. Every IBM Middleware specialist knows of clients or projects still running on IBM WebSphere version 4, 5 or 6. This is due to many companies choosing to not think about migration as it not something they wished to spend time or money on pursuing.

WebSphere Migration – Uphill Both Ways?

I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage – when I was young, I had to walk to school – uphill both ways! Back in the seemingly ancient days when I first started working with IBM’s WebSphere Application server – version 3.5, in 2000, it really was uphill both ways! One didn’t simply deploy applications, one had to add servlets by hand. It was a long, laborious process. How far it seems we’ve come in many ways, yet perhaps not so far in others. By the end of my tenure with IBM’s Common Development and Test group, some 10 years later, we still did most of our work by hand, except we had a nice little ANT script developed by some folks in the Raleigh labs that almost completely automated the installation of WAS 6.1. But moving applications through our environments, or from say, version 6 to 6.1, was still a manual task done almost entirely by hand.

A new Tech Data Talos plug-in developed by the experts at CROZ now means you can deploy and manage your IBM Business Process Manager across environments more easily and efficiently than ever before!

Talos from Tech Data is used by customers around the world to automate the configuration of middleware across software development environments, from the sand box right through to production. Thanks to the Technical Architects at CROZ, Talos functionality has been extended to include IBM’s Business Process Manager (BPM) software.

A Review of Infrastructure as Code (IAC) Tools for Managing WebSphere Middleware

Infrastructure as Code (IAC) is an approach used by some of the largest Internet companies in the world like Facebook, Netflix, Etsy and Amazon. IAC allows them to enable automation and testing of their infrastructure.

Hybrid cloud – the best of both worlds?

What is meant by hybrid cloud?

A hybrid cloud is an infrastructure solution that combines any of; on-premise physical machines, on-premise private cloud and public cloud elements.  For example you might use RedHat virtual machines provided by both an on-premise VMWare vSphere and also virtual images from Amazon Web Services.  There are some permutations which can allow a user to define setup criteria, in order to short-cut the setup process, but essentially these are all just ways of creating machines to form part of your infrastructure.  As has been said before “there is no cloud, it’s just someone else’s computer”.

Protect your business with a bulletproof DevOps strategy

Until August 2012, Knight Capital Group was a very successful American financial services company engaging in market making, electronic execution and institutional sales and trading. That was until 1st August, between 9:30 and 10:00 AM, when the companies trading software decided to buy high and sell low on 150 different stocks. In that short time, KCG had lost $440m, around $10m per minute. In a single day the company’s stock price dropped by 62%.