Yesterday we released our newest integrated cloud middleware platform, WSO2 Stratos. It is now online and ready for use!
For the past few years, WSO2 has been doing many releases based on revolutionary Carbon platform, which helped to consistently improve the platform with introducing latest state-of-art technologies. The initial releases of Carbon product platform intended to improve the features of the individual products. For example, a lot of core features were introduced to WSO2 ESB, WSAS, Governance Registry etc.. Then we focused on ease of integration and more component based model. We introduced Equinox based provisioning model to build your SOA platform by picking and choosing the components as and when you need.
Then, the core product platform has been enhanced to support multi-tenancy. With the multi-tenant supported architecture at hand, our brilliant development team was able to introduce the first ever comprehensive middleware PaaS. Why is this so important?
Now, WSO2 Carbon middleware platform is available on Cloud. Anybody can try out it online by accessing http://cloud.wso2.com
Not only that, the code is 100% opensource! As far as I know, this is the first ever opensource cloud PaaS offering.
Without digging in to more details, lets try WSO2 Stratos out.
As most of you are familiar with Google Apps, without any guidance you will be able to start using WSO2 Stratos. However, I will start from the scratch. Access http://cloud.wso2.com. This will bring up WSO2 Stratos Manager, which is the is the point of entry for all WSO2 Cloud Services such as Application Server, Business Activity Monitor, Gadget Server, Governance, Identity and Mashup Server. Click on "Register" in order to create an account for you (your organization).
This will direct you to "Select a domain for your organization" page. Specify the domain for your organization and check its availability by clicking on "Check Availability". Select "Next" to sign up your organization.
Enter the required information in "sign up your organization" page. If your registration is successful, you will see a confirmation message. With this, you just created the administration account for your organization. You will receive an email to validate Email instructions specified by you. Click on the link given in the email to access the Stratos Manager login page.
Now, you can log in to the Stratos Manager, by giving the admin credentials you have just specified during the registration process.
After log in to Stratos Manager, you will see the cloud services list offered by WSO2 Cloud service platform.
In addition to the cloud services, you can configure a new theme for your account or you can manage new user accounts (add new users, grant necessary permissions to them etc..) through the Stratos Manager.
Suppose, you need to use cloud application server out of the seven cloud services enabled by default. Click on "Cloud Application Server" link. This will bring up "WSO2 Stratos Application Server" login page as follows.
Log in to app server by providing the same admin credentials given above. (You may question why a separate login is required. We have not provided Single Sign On support between Stratos Manager and Cloud services in the alpha1 version. This will be available soon)
The Cloud application server Home page will be shown as follows after you log in to the application server.
If you are already familiar with WSO2 WSAS, this will not make you feel strange. You could either deploy services, secure them, monitor and do a lot of tasks. In addition to that, WSO2 Cloud Application Server, is now provides with web application deployment support. You could use this as your servlet container!
Similarly, you can try out the rest of the cloud services.