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Architecture for Integration of System Management Applications into Web based Workflows

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000183961D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jun-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jun-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 102K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Today typical system management applications like Tivoli Storage Manager Data Protection for SAP provide command line based user interfaces. The idea is to integrate such applications into the Web. This allows to provide a web based user interface for administrators and particular users to execute even workflows based on such system management applications. Until now there is no solution which provides a way to implement such workflows.

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Architecture for Integration of System Management Applications into Web based Workflows

Fig. 1: Today's situation

To allow CLI based system management applications to visualize and interact on a web browser, Javascript components which provide the visualization of the application on the web browser, and a server side infrastructure (e.g. implemented within a servlet) which has the same characteristics like a command shell, are required.

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Fig.2 Workflow of web based system management applications

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Fig.3 Server - side infrastructure

This infrastructure, which offers the possibility to start processes, redirect input / output, create temporary files and store data in environment variables, is the subject of this idea. Similar to a shell script, it allows to create workflows with a variety of applications configured within a file.

A web service based infrastructure provides services for web browsers like a common shell. Services to execute system management applications on the server, to store shared data and to load Javascript components dynamically for workflow integration will be available. Based on these services Javascript components can be implemented as frontends for system management applications, which c...