The goal of IBM SmartCloud Application Services is to provide end-to-end services for applications— from the development to production. It consists of five areas shown in the following figure.
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Currently, in the pilot version of the IBM SmartCloud Application Services, two main services are implemented, which cover the application lifecycle, the application environment, and part of the integration.
- IBM SmartCloud Application Collaborative Lifecycle Management Service. With this service, you can manage your application lifecycle development. It is based on Rational products such as Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Management, and Rational Requirement Composer.
- IBM SmartCloud Application Workload Service. With this service, you can deploy topology on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise through virtual application or system patterns.
The DevOps methodology consists of a number of use-cases to manage an application development and operations. The DevOps covers three areas — development, quality insurance, and technology operation —and it is what offers IBM SmartCloud Application Services. Adopting DevOps will provide reduced change scope, increased release coordination, and automation.
Both services are used for this DevOps scenario. For example, in Rational Application Developer, a developer tracks the “defect” managed by the IBM SmartCloud Collaborative Lifecycle Management Service, and then uses the Workload Deployer plug-in to create a test environment on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise using the IBM SmartCloud Application Workload Service. The IBM SmartCloud Application Services provide the functionality needed for each actor of the DevOps scenario.
The IBM SmartCloud Application Services are deployed from the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise portal.
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