New home page:
Creating, editing, upgrading, and deleting operations in Cloud Pak for Integration 2021.1 are now even easier. With the adoption of IBM Automation as a hosting platform, users can deploy Cloud Pak for Integration via the clean, new home page:
This home page has added many new options to the ones in previous releases, but is also easier to use. Users can get a general view of all their instances deployed within the Cloud Pak on a general dashboard (like the one above). With just a glance, they can spot if any of their deployed operands have any associated warnings, if any upgrades are available, and much more.
As users install operators in RedHat's Openshift Container Platform, a new side navigational menu entry item is added, giving them the ability to access specially crafted views where all operands associated with a particular operator can be found, such as this list of Queue Managers:
Creating or provisioning an operand in Cloud Pak for Integration has never been easier. Simply go to the IBM Automation home page, then select the type of operand you would like to provision using the left-hand side navigational menu, as shown above. From here, simply select "Create instance", pick the desired tile, fill in the form on the next page with the minimum details required, and then click "Create". Here I am creating a Queue Manager with a couple of quick and easy steps:
Editing an operand is as easy as 1-2-3 in Cloud Pak for Integration 2021.1. Find the operand you would like to edit the custom resource of, select its overflow menu item, click on "Edit", then simply change any details you'd like on the next screen and click "Update". Here's an example in which I'm editing the custom resource of the operand I provisioned earlier:
Another important use case is the ability to upgrade these operands to the latest versions. One may ask, "...but what if there's a new license that comes with a new version" and Cloud Pak for Integration would answer with "that's not a problem, we've got you covered". The latest upgrade panel provides end users with an easy way to switch between different licenses. Downgrading to lower channels and versions is also important, so here's how this can be achieved: find the operand you're interested in changing the version of, select its overflow menu, and simply click on "Upgrade". Follow the instructions in the pop-up panel and click "Change version" once finished:
Last, but clearly not least, is the all-important ability to delete an operand within the Cloud Pak. This is as simple as selecting the desired instance, clicking on its respective overflow menu, selecting "Delete", filling in the pop-up modal, and selecting "Delete". Here I am running through an operand deletion:
I hope you enjoyed this article and you found it useful!