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Meet your new Bluemix Compose console

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We’re happy to announce a new management console for IBM Compose on Bluemix. The new user console makes it simple for users to manage their Compose-managed open source databases from a simple web UI. This is the first iteration of what will be many, frequent updates to a new web UI. With that, let’s take a look at Compose and the new console.

Compose has been offering the Compose databases through Bluemix since last October but, for various technical reasons, we’ve not been able to offer the full Compose console experience. With the updated Bluemix Manage tab, that has changed.

When you visit the Manage option of a newly deployed Compose database, you’ll find a new first set of tabs which form the basis of the Bluemix Compose console. Initially, the tabs include an Overview, Backups and Help & Documentation.

The Bluemix console for Compose for etcd

The new Bluemix console on Compose for etcd

The Console Overview

Let’s start with the Overview. This is the first page you will meet. It’s a compact listing of how you can connect to your database instance. This gives you the basic admin credentials to log into your databases deployment. We are presenting it in a similar way to how it is found in the native Compose console.

You won’t need most of the information here if you build your applications to get their credentials using the Cloud Foundry services and binding mechanisms.

We are providing it now as we’ve heard from you, our users. You told us how you are deploying applications that don’t support that mechanism. This new information makes it easy to configure more traditional or external connections by hand.

The resources allocated and used by the database is one thing everyone will find useful. As Compose databases autoscale, remember to check this to ensure you’re not storing more data than you’d expect.

Backups from the Console

Next up is the Backups tab. Compose database backups are taken every day and archived, first as weekly, then monthly. All available backups will be displayed in the Backups tab, along with a download link to retrieve the backup files. If you need to create a new backup, the Backup Now button will create one for you.

Help and more

Finally, the Help & Documentation tab takes you to links for database specific resources. This includes links to help Bluemix help pages. You can learn about how Compose databases are configured and browse the collected articles on each database from the Compose blog. Sample applications and other useful links complete the page. And if that’s not enough, it is just a simple click on that page to submit a support ticket to the Compose support desk.

Future

This is just the start for the new Bluemix Compose management console. More tabs are planned, exposing more Compose features to our Bluemix users with the same ease of use that’s the trademark of Compose’s native console. This new web console is, of course, in addition to existing command line and Bluemix API support but we hope it makes deploying Compose for Bluemix databases even simpler and quicker.

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