Anatomy of a topology model in Rational Software Architect Version 7.5, Part 1: Deployment modeling
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Date archived: March 10, 2017 | First published: December 02, 2008
IBM® Rational® Software Architect Version 7.5 contains a powerful Deployment Architecture Platform to design and understand IT systems and their complex relationships visually.This platform is built on an extensible, strongly-typed model which provides a framework for describing any IT system. This article series presents the anatomy of the topology model that is the heart of this feature. These topology models describe the logical abstractions (or the concrete definition) of the building blocks of any IT system. They also allow you to express different kinds of relationships between those system elements. The basic concepts of the topology model (including the fundamentals of topology, units, requirements, and capabilities, along with relationships like dependency, hosting, and members) are discussed in this part of the series. It also provides an example of how the model can be used to describe a particular IT system, integrating information about a particular domain with the predefined types in the model.
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