Cloud and Hybrid Application Lifecycle Management with OneOps

The @WalmartLabs team was founded by Walmart eCommerce to provide a sustainable rate of innovation, given the competition. The team adopted a DevOps culture and migrated the ecommerce platform to cloud. With continuous application lifecycle management (ALM) in vision, the group acquired OneOps???the platform to accelerate DevOps through continuous ALM of cloud workload.

Most recently, the group took a step forward in open sourcing the platform for the leverage of the community at large. This is a huge step, given that OneOps has integration hooks with most of the major cloud providers such as OpenStack, RackSpace, Azure, and Amazon. This is not surprising given that @WalmartLabs is not new to open source. They have contributed to some wonderful technologies for the community like Mupd8???and hapi???and have been actively contributing to React.js as well.

OneOps not only has integration hooks for all major cloud providers, but can also allow developers to code deployments in a hybrid or a multi-cloud environment. With OneOps, the Walmart eCommerce team is able to run close to 1000 deployments a day. Developer communities can now look forward to automatically managing the lifecycle of an application post deployment. It can take care of scaling, and repairing as needed. It is also a one stop shop for porting applications from one environment to another. Applications or environments built in one environment (Azure, for example) can be easily ported to another (such as AWS).

Setting up OneOps is easy. If you have an AWS account, it is available as a public AMI. Alternately there is a Vagrant image to setup OneOps. The Vagrant project can be checked with the following command:

$ git clone$ cd setup/vagrant$ vagrant up 

Once setup, you can monitor the build process in Jenkins on the URI http://localhost:3003.

After installing OneOps, you can login to the console using your account, and then create an Organization profile. The organization profile bootstraps with suitable default parameters. After creating an organization, you can go to the Cloud tab to select environments to configure and deploy. The following figure illustrates selecting an Azure environment.

OneOps provides a three-phase configuration. You have the Design phase, where you create a Platform to configure the building blocks for your deployment from existing packs. Then you move to the Transition phase, where you define the environment variables for targeted deployment. Finally you move to the Operate phase, where actual instances are created post successful deployment, and you can monitor the run.

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