Rolling off the conveyor belt

WSO2 unleash DevOps cloud platform App Factory

Chris Mayer
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Just after releasing their cartridge-based PaaS, the enterprise specialists deploy a complete lifecycle management solution

Enterprise middleware company, WSO2, have continued their open
source drive, with the launch of a new cloud-enabled platform with
DevOps in mind.

The multi-tenant App Factory
allows developers to collaborate from the early stage of an
application to testing and deployment, without having to wait for
server provisioning. Users can even retire applications with a
single click.

WSO2 claim that App Factory supports the
development of “any type of enterprise application” such as web
apps, workflows, backends for mobile apps and even non-Java
technologies.

App Factory’s runtime comes stocked with a
bounty of lifecycle management tools. This includes the Apache
Subversion and Git code repositories, continuous integration tools
like Jenkins and Bamboo, the JIRA issue tracker and testing
frameworks FindBugs and JUnit. Because of its open design,
developers can integrate any lifecycle toolset they wish, while it
is also possible to hook up to existing user repositories via LDAP
or Microsoft Active Directory.

Developers can use App Factory within the IDE of
their choice, but there are plans to add a browser-based IDE in the
near future, according to
VP of
Technology Evangelism Chris Haddad
, so that the
entire toolchain can run in the cloud. This seems like a logical
step given the growing popularity of cloud-based IDEs.


The platform is built upon (and integrates
with)

Stratos 2.0
, WSO2’s recently
released platform-as-a-service project. Thanks to the


cartridge design of Stratos
,
developers can plug-in other services within App Factory, such as
databases. WSO2 currently only offers MySQL as an option, but
MongoDB and Cassandra are set to follow in due course, according to
Haddad.

App Factory’s flexible and agile nature should play well
into the DevOps community, especially with the option to bolt on
additional services. Like many of WSO2’s products, App Factory is
open sourced under the Apache 2.0 license, (available to
download
here)
with the company itself providing support.

Factory image courtesy of Lauren
Wellicome

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