GT Software is proud to announce the Ivory Service Architect Operator is available on Red Hat Marketplace. The Ivory Service Architect Operator brings true, no-code mainframe API development to the innovative aspects of the OpenShift platform. This release marks another step in the evolution of Ivory and provides enterprise development teams yet another platform to deploy solutions that extend and modernize their mainframe systems.
With Ivory, teams create powerful APIs through a drag-and-drop interface that require no mainframe programming experience. Using the desktop application, Ivory Studio, enterprise users can design and deploy integrations to existing mainframe applications which become exposed as REST or SOAP web services through the run-time component, Ivory Server. In this way, Ivory facilitates access to legacy systems and complex data structures, as well as allowing COBOL and PL/I programs to easily make API calls out to other systems without writing any new code. Ivory is flexible enough to run under several platforms/operating systems and the introduction of the Operator adds OpenShift to the available platforms for the Ivory Server run-time component.
With Ivory Service Architect Operator, teams can take advantage of the enterprise class features of OpenShift to tackle typical infrastructure problems related to their mainframe integration deployments. For example, the Ivory Service Architect Operator is designed to take full advantage of pod autoscaling in response to environment conditions, introducing fully configured pods to a deployment as necessary to maintain satisfactory response times and user experience. The Ivory Service Architect Operator also makes use of OpenShift’s Persistent Storage Volume framework to manage local storage for integration artifacts regardless of deployment scale. Persistent Storage Volume support also gives administrators greater control over the specific types and locations of physical storage used for Ivory deployments. The options for scaling and centralized storage are especially useful for organizations supporting deployments with varying loads (i.e., seasonal), as these infrastructure details, once set, are largely abstracted to changing demands.
Likewise, security-minded administrators using the Ivory Service Architect Operator will welcome OpenShift’s built-in dynamic security controls. The highly granular policies enabled through OpenShift can be applied to the containers running Ivory Server, offering a high degree of protection to container assets. On the front end, traffic through the API endpoints exposed in an Ivory Server deployment is protected by built-in encryption offered in OpenShift.
Finally, DevOps managers running Ivory in OpenShift will benefit from the configuration management options available in OpenShift, especially with the use of ConfigMaps. Management of development, testing, and production environments can be facilitated easily and the ability to manage and inject configuration data into containers allows for greater options when deploying Ivory Server integrations in a CI/CD pipeline.
GT Software is committed to introducing features to the Ivory Service Architect roadmap that take advantage of innovations in the OpenShift platform. Future releases of the Ivory Service Architect Operator will focus on increasing the operator maturity level, especially with respect to full lifecycle management and usage analytics.
To learn more, check out Ivory’s listing on Red Hat Marketplace.
Roy Stubbs is Chief Technology Officer at GT Software. As CTO, Roy is responsible for software development, product management, support, and internal IT operations. With an extensive background in technology solutions implementation and software architecture, Roy is focused on driving innovation and advancing the GT Software product roadmap. Prior to joining GT Software, Roy was CTO and co-founder at HGS Colibrium, Inc. At Colibrium, Roy oversaw the design and development of Tuo®, an enterprise sales automation and CRM solution for the health insurance industry. Preceding Colibrium, Roy held technical management positions at Connecture, NetVendor and O’Neal Steel. Roy received his BS, Computer Information Systems from Troy University in Dothan, AL and is also a former U.S. Army Warrant Officer and aviator.