Tuesday, 3 April 2018

IBM Streamlines Development of Cloud-native Apps with Microclimate

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IBM is introducing this week a new development environment called Microclimate designed to simplify and speed app creation and modernization in this complex cloud world. Microclimate provides an end-to-end framework that can help you at every stage of the development process – from creating that first line of code to deploying the application in the cloud to monitoring its performance.

As the name implies, Microclimate supports development of apps using a microservices architecture. It's designed to provide a common but flexible development framework so that microservices can work together regardless of who created them. Microclimate extends and is integrated into IBM Cloud Private, a container-based platform that that enables you to design, develop, deploy and manage on-premises, containerized cloud applications behind your firewall.  You can download community editions at no charge of Microclimate at this link and Cloud Private at this link.
To tie together all these options and advance agile DevOps, Microclimate delivers these foundational capabilities:

• Containerized development: Uses lightweight Docker containers orchestrated by Kubernetes to make it easy to build and move apps between any environment. The same environment can be downloaded locally on a laptop or run on the cloud.
• Rapid iteration: Delivers fast round-tripping through edit, build, and run to enable real-time performance insights, regardless of what development phase you're in.
• Intelligent feedback: Enables you to incorporate best practices and immediate feedback to help improve an application through the IDE of your choice.
• Diagnostic services: Adds capabilities at development time to improve problem determination in production through application metrics.
• Integrated Devops pipeline: Provides a preconfigured DevOps pipeline that can be tailored to the needs of developers to help get apps to production faster.
Our goal in creating Microclimate was to streamline the development process, so you can spend more time writing code and less time trying to cobble together all the services you need to create great apps.

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