Archive for August 28, 2012

Amazon Cloud Services hit the Mainstream, Use CA Plex + CM WebClient to Deploy

As this recent NY Times article points out, we are in the middle of a shift from the private data center to the cloud. This quote from the founder of the Amazon cloud says it all:

“We are on a shift that is as momentous and as fundamental as the shift to the electrical grid,” said Andrew R. Jassy, the head of A.W.S. “It’s happening a lot faster than any of us thought.

Did you know that CA Plex applications developed with CM WebClient are installable on AWS scalable cloud services right out of the box? We use AWS extensively in WebClient product development and testing, and have realized significant advantages internally. We can scale up and down easily to match product development cycles, and deploy a wide variety of test machines without the hassle of provisioning physical boxes.

You can use the following services:

  • Deploy your databases to Amazon Relational Database Services. SQL Server and MySQL are supported, both commonly used in CA Plex applications.
  • Use Amazon ElastiCache to cache your database in memory for faster performance
  • Deploy your CA Plex / WebClient based application WAR file to Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. This is a simple and affordable automatically scalable app hosting service. Or alternatively use Amazon EC2 for  traditional cloud based computer images with Windows or Linux.
  • Access back end host systems (IBM i for example) using Amazon’s private VPN service.
  • Use Amazon CloudWatch to monitor your application availability and performance

Want to find out more? Check out the presentation on WebClient 1.8 (some slides on AWS) and drop us a line to


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