|developerWorks editors||Topic: Custom cloud image-building tool|
Environment/software: IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool
Level/type: Overview/information roundup
Virtual images are popular because they allow developers and administrators to rapidly and consistently deliver user environments; with ever-increasing popularity, though, comes some new costs, such as the efforts involved in creating and managing these images. The IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool helps users build more flexible, reusable, multi-purpose virtual images through a modular approach.
With ICCT, a user defines an operating system environment, then defines such additional software as app servers and development tools ... in other words, providing the components for the virtual image. Next the user defines input parameters and a set of configuration actions for the virtual image. At this point, the ICCT builds the image and automatically wires the user-defined configuration actions into the image's activation framework.
The user can deploy the image using the IBM Cloud, WebSphere CloudBurst, or Tivoli Provisioning Manager; he can pass in unique input parameters to which the configuration actions have access, resulting in a virtual image that automatically configures itself based on the requirements defined by the deployer.
Here is a roundup of knowledge resources on the IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool:
- How to "freeze-dry" cloud environments and deliver them consistently. You can use virtual cloud images as a means to improve software delivery within data centers; this developerWorks article shows you how.
- A view from the clouds: ICCT. WebSphere CloudBurst evangelist Dustin Amrhein introduces you to the ICCT tool.
- This webcast walks you through how to use the ICCT tool. (06:33)
- A view from the clouds: Taking an ICCT bundle to a usable image. Dustin Amrhein shows you more on how to use the ICCT to create customized virtual images.
- Get the ICCT tool. Download it here.