Before you start
In this tutorial, the authors demonstrate how to use WebSphere® CloudBurst to build patterns you can use to represent the configuration of both your application and application infrastructure. They also show you how to use these patterns to consistently deploy the application environment as it moves through the four life-cycle stages — development, test, quality assurance, and production. The tutorial offers a complete, step-by-step example of using patterns to handle changing topologies, underlying platform architectures, and configuration properties.
Our goal with this tutorial is to:
- Show you how to use CloudBurst to build patterns that can represent the configuration of your application/application infrastructure.
- Show you how to use these patterns to deploy the application environment in a consistent manner, regardless of what life cycle stage you're engaging (development, test, QA, production).
- Make you familiar with these types of patterns so you can use them in similar tasks.
The information in this article will be more meaningful to developers with some understanding and experience with the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance, pattern creation, and cloud computing application development; however, since this tutorial is both about specific steps to build patterns to aid in cloud application/application infrastructure migration and the concepts involved in these tasks, those without specific knowledge of the software products we use can also benefit.
To absorb the concepts we expose in this tutorial, all you need is your good developer brain. However, if you wish to replicate these exercises, you will need access to a WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance with permissions to create catalog content, create patterns, and deploy patterns.