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Bluemix Active Deploy: 2Q16 Beta Update

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As of May 23rd IBM Bluemix Container Service now provides a native Kubernetes operations experience while removing the burden of maintaining master nodes. Kubernetes itself is based on the Docker engine for managing software images and instantiating containers. Get the details.

Since its Beta introduction, the Active Deploy service continues to grow adoption; adding new clients both inside and outside of IBM. Using continuous automation testing, we have used client feedback to drive new capabilities back into the service. The service performs well under load with excellent reliability, and adds minimal overhead beyond the target application deployment times.

New Active Deploy Features

Several new features have been added that expand the mission of zero-downtime deployment on Bluemix.

Integration with the IBM Continuous Delivery Pipeline for Bluemix – Active Deploy now provides automation deployment through an extension in the IBM Continuous Delivery Pipeline for Bluemix. The Delivery Pipeline has an existing process in place to deploy your app to production, but in order to do so, your app must go offline. The Active Deploy extension allows you to use the same deployment process, with no downtime. The post Bluemix Active Deploy: Pipeline Integration details the steps with additional pointers to tutorial information to get started.

Pipeline

Integration Support for Custom Pipelines – Based on feedback, we know that some clients have an existing pipeline in their DevOps environment that is not set up in the Continuous Delivery Pipeline. To accommodate users that already have their own custom pipeline, Active Deploy has released a set of scripts so that the service can integrate with nearly any custom pipeline the client may have. The post Bluemix Active Deploy: Custom Pipeline Support documents an integration method with nearly any custom pipeline the client may have.

Support for Container-based Services – In addition to supporting services built on Cloud Foundry, clients can use Active Deploy with IBM Containers. The recent enhancements to Containers allow Bluemix clients to combine the benefits of Docker, including scalability and portability, with zero-downtime updates.

What’s Next

You can help us decide! Send us your thoughts and we’ll take your feedback into consideration as we release new features into production. You can submit suggestions to IBM Bluemix Ideas, ask questions on dW Answers (Bluemix), or just contact the Offering Manager at drothert@us.ibm.com. In the meantime, get to know the Active Deploy service, and speed up your deployment process. More is coming from this dynamic DevOps capability, stay tuned!

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