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Integrated solution stack template

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016190D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This disclusure provides a mechanism to define a set of tested business patterns which can be applied to a industry solution product set. Software vendors often ship sets of products that, together, form a solution for a particular market sector. This solution stack often consists of a myriad of products with diverse and complex installation and configuration steps. An integrated solution stack template represents a set of products with a given configuration. Other templates provide for differing configurations of the same set or substitute component products to the set. Users of a solution installation tool have a set of predefined and tested templates that would be interchangeable and pluggable. Creators of a software solution (set of products that effectively perform a given task or handle a customer scenario) are able to ship with a set of templates and the deployer of the solution selects the template for the installation scenario that bests suits the environment. The template provides installation, configuration and topology specificaitons that drive an automated and optimized install.

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Integrated solution stack template

   This disclusure provides a mechanism to define a set of tested business patterns which can be applied to a industry solution product set. Software vendors often ship sets of products that, together, form a solution for a particular market sector. This solution stack often consists of a myriad of products with diverse and complex installation and configuration steps. An integrated solution stack template represents a set of products with a given configuration. Other templates provide for differing configurations of the same set or substitute component products to the set. Users of a solution installation tool have a set of predefined and tested templates that would be interchangeable and pluggable. Creators of a software solution (set of products that effectively perform a given task or handle a customer scenario) are able to ship with a set of templates and the deployer of the solution selects the template for the installation scenario that bests suits the environment. The template provides installation, configuration and topology specificaitons that drive an automated and optimized install.

For instance, a topology could be suggested for a very small business (SMB) customer that has a goal of keeping costs and hardware requirements to a minimum. For that reason the solution might involve a minimum set of server boxes, each with a complementary set of the needed software products installed in a synergistic fashion, so that syste...