In about a minute, learn what a virtual pattern is and why it can be an important tool in creating an effective, public or private IT system.
This video provides a high-level explanation of virtual application patterns -- used to manage application deployment, behavior, and performance in a systems environment -- and virtual system patterns -- used to manage environmental topologies. Although virtual patterns can be used in environments other than cloud computing ones, they are especially effective in the cloud.
Also, take a look at how a patterns expert would introduce the concept in the blog entry Getting back to the basics: What is a pattern?.
The following videos provide a deep, more technical understanding of virtual patterns, what they can do, and how they are used in various IBM products.
To learn about virtual application patterns and virtual system patterns, watch these videos that describe patterns at work in IBM PureApplication System:
- Video: Virtual application patterns in IBM PureApplication System: Using a sample application, learn about deployment, constructing a new pattern, and managing the application through monitoring, logging, and commands. Get a quick look at the advanced monitoring available in IBM PureApplication System.
- Video: Virtual system patterns in IBM PureApplication System: Explore virtual system pattern concepts, applying fixes, and customizing the image using the IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool.
Patterns are also employed in the IBM Workload Deployer appliance, providing rapid provisioning and management of solutions on your private cloud:
- Video: Dig deeper into the virtual application pattern: Understand how to deploy and build patterns, leverage shared services, and manage the virtual application.
- Video: Dig deeper into the virtual system pattern: Discover the components of a virtual system pattern, how to clone and customize a pattern with a script package, how to deploy an instance of the pattern, how to monitor license usage and cloud resource usage, and how to apply an emergency fix to a deployed instance of the pattern.
Design a virtual system pattern: Key considerations for planning and designing: Begin learning how to design a virtual pattern.
Take a look at some examples of virtual patterns and their components. In this article on IBM Workload Deployer, learn how a hardware appliance that provides access to software virtual images, patterns, and virtual application pattern types can be customized, securely deployed, managed, and maintained in a private cloud.
- Explore some predefined virtual systems patterns.
- Explore virtual application pattern components.
- Explore the Web Application Pattern.
- Explore IBM Database Patterns.
- Explore the Application Pattern Type for Java.
These two resources provide a process for you to observe:
- Explore how to design and deploy a reusable database pattern.
- Easy virtual app automation using Workload Deployer: A pattern approach to building cloud applications.
When you're ready to move learn more about virtual patterns, dive into how virtual patterns are used on such major cloud platforms as IBM SmartCloud Enterprise and the recently released expert integrated systems, IBM PureSystems family.
Discover PureApplication System patterns of expertise provides a gateway of understanding into the IBM PureSystems family of expert integrated systems by providing a tour of the structure of the PureApplication System and virtual patterns of expertise.
From Develop patterns for IBM PureApplication System, you'll get a host of best practices and tips for developing virtual application and virtual system patterns.
These resources will expand on the information from the pair of videos on application and system patterns from the second section:
- Manage the topology with virtual system patterns.
- Manage application services with virtual application patterns.
You can learn from the experience of IT professionals who are using virtual patterns in these real-world activities:
- Deploying applications with virtual application patterns and plug-ins
- Designing a virtual system pattern
Learn how to Create and customize virtual application patterns by adding components and capabilities with the IBM Workload Plug-in Development Kit.
Finally, our expert shows you how IBM PureApplication System manages the complete life cycle of your virtual application.
To explore virtual patterns further, visit the:
- developerWorks ever-growing libraries of PureSystems and cloud resources.
- IBM PureSystems knowledge site.
- developerWorks cloud resources.
- IBM PureSystems
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