Rolling off the conveyor belt

WSO2 unleash DevOps cloud platform App Factory

Chris Mayer

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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