Activating concurrent application editions

Activate multiple editions of the same application concurrently when we are validating before production, piloting an application to a select group of users, or rolling out a branch when an application upgrade requires a corresponding change on identifiable branches of client machines.

Each application edition must be active on a separate deployment target. When multiple editions of the same application are concurrently available to users in the same environment, the on demand router (ODR) cannot differentiate between the active editions without some information available to process the request and route it to the intended edition. We can use routing rules or unique interfaces for each application edition to prevent ambiguity.

Restriction: Only one active edition of a PHP Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) application is supported on a node. If we have active editions of the same PHP application, do not deploy the application to servers that are on the same node.

  1. Activate the application editions. Click Applications > Edition control center > application_name. Select the inactive edition, and click Activate. For example, select the my_application application and activate application edition 2.0.

  2. Create routing policies for each application edition. See Create routing policies for application editions for more information.

  3. Verify that the ODR is running. Click Servers > On demand routers. To route requests, the status must be Started.

  4. Test the concurrent access to application editions. Select the two application editions by selecting the servers associated with the two dynamic clusters, and click Start.


Results

Edition 1.0 is serviced by the routing rule that you create for that particular edition, and edition 2.0 is serviced by its specific routing rule.


Example

To run a preproduction test of an application edition in the production environment with a selected set of users, we can clone the deployment target, including its resource and security definitions, and activate the target edition on the cloned environment. Use routing rules to direct the ODR to divert a selected subset of users to the application edition.

Additionally, to pilot the application, we can use routing rules to separate the pilot users on edition 2.0 from the general users on edition 1.0.

In the case of branch rollout, use routing rules to direct each branch to the appropriate edition. As the client code at each successive branch updates, the server-side routing rules can be updated to qualify the clients from the newly updated branch to be sent to the appropriate edition.

For cases where the routing rules are insufficient to differentiate user requests or where the user prefers an alternative to routing rules, each edition can be given its own unique URI and EJB JNDI name. Unlike routing rules, unique interfaces for each edition are exposed to the application users. Therefore, you must choose the appropriate name to drive the appropriate edition.


What to do next

Perform validation to test the availability and resiliency of the new edition under realistic conditions. For more information, read about creating routing policies for application editions.


Related concepts

Application edition manager concepts
  • Install an application edition
  • Performing a rollout on an edition
  • Performing a rollback on an edition
  • Validating an edition
  • Create routing policies for application editions
  • Intelligent Management: routing and service policies
  • Intelligent Management: administrative roles and privileges