What is the worst nightmare for IT services when deploying new versions of software? A system crash. That's why operators of datacentres of all sizes are constantly creating backups that take up valuable storage space on the rack. Even worse, if datacentre technicians forget to do backups immediately before a new deployment, a crash could result in the need to use a backup that is far too old.
All of that may now be history thanks to UC4's release of Application Release Automation Version 3 (ARA 3.0). The new version of their software includes built-in rollback capabilities that eliminate the need for constant software backups. With automatic rollback ARA 3.0 reverts to the last working version of a software package should a crash occurred during deployment.
“Automatic rollback has been the holy grail of deployment automation for a long time,” said UC4 VP of ARA Technologies Wesley Pullen. “Our built-in rollback capability eliminates the need for customers to back-up their existing applications as part of a deployment.”
What's more, the software eliminates the need for techs to back-up and restore artefacts in the event of a rollback. ARA 3.0 makes the whole deployment process very stable by monitoring and looking for problems proactively. In many cases it can respond to those problems before they cause an unrecoverable failure. It works so well users are often not aware that anything has happened in the background.
Two of the best features of UC4 ARA 3.0 include:
- Configuration Snapshots – The software takes configuration snapshots that keep track of all the changes occurring from one deployment to the next. Even when a rollback is necessary configuration settings are not lost.
- Multiple Tenancy – Software as a Service (SaaS) providers, as well as other large-scale operations, can host multiple clients on a single, scalable server with full automation.