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CTT Big4 News IBM Cloud Recently #IBM013

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AWS, IBM, Google & Azure – the Big4 Cloud Service providers. In this article, we will explore latest IBM Cloud Recently.

Python 3.7 Runtime Now Available in IBM Cloud Functions

Develop Python Actions using Python 3.7

Now you can develop Python Actions using Python 3.7. You can use this version of Python by specifying the runtime in the CLI with “–kind python:3.7” or selecting Python 3 in the UI when creating a new Action.

Migrate your Actions to the new Python 3.7

IBM Cloud Functions continues to support creating new Actions using Python 3.6 and Python 2.7. But, it is encouraged to start taking advantage of the new features and performance gains Python 3.7 offers over older versions of Python.

New to IBM Cloud Functions?

Download the IBM CLI and the Functions plugin. Create a file called hello.py that contains the following code:

def main(args):
name = args.get("name", "World")
greeting = "Hello " + name
return {"body": greeting}

Deploy your action as a web action:

ibmcloud fn action update helloPython hello.py --kind python:3.7 --web true

Boost Your Application Delivery with Citrix NetScaler

Need a virtual software appliance to manage high-density web traffic on a global basis? The Citrix NetScaler VPX appliance, also known as Citrix Application Delivery Controller (ADC), can deliver enterprise-class, high-performance load balancing with advanced application delivery features, including Layer-4 through Layer-7 load balancing and global server load balancing (GSLB).

IBM announces version 12.1 of NetScaler VPX appliances on IBM Cloud to incorporate the latest enhancements from Citrix and meet your business needs. This post will dive into some of our enhanced features that help improve your experience.

More flexible traffic distribution

With NetScaler VPX 12.1, you get more flexible choices in distributing end-user traffic than the previous version by using additional methods like least packets, token, and Source IP-Destination IP hashing with support for both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic.

Greater visibility

To enhance your experience for this user-managed device, you now have greater visibility for GSLB and service group configuration through GUI. Moreover, you can also more easily collect statistics at the packet level with support for policy-based rate limiting to efficiently control the threshold of packets per second for highly active traffic.

Enhanced SSL offload

While you are running critical workloads, like e-commerce transactions, NetScaler VPX 12.1 provides you with additional support for more ECDHE cipher suites on the frontend and backend for lower resource consumption, while providing higher security requirements and efficient SSL handshakes. While security enhancements are at top-of-mind in these occasions, you can also shed milliseconds for power-hungry workloads.

With this version of VPX, for SSL offload purposes, you can also integrate the IBM Cloud Hardware Security Module (HSM) appliance for cryptographic key management. 

What’s New in Lift

Lift to cloud integration on IIAS Web console

IBM Integrated Analytics System (IIAS) now supports data movement using built-in Lift to cloud UI panels. The Lift to cloud user interface provides a way for you to quickly, securely, and reliably migrate tables and their data from IIAS to a data center in the cloud without downtime. Each migration task that you submit is automatically saved and can be used as a template to create new tasks. The Lift solution resides in a separate lift container in IIAS. For more information, see Moving to IBM Cloud.

Creating multiple database objects with a single command

For Db2 sources, Lift CLI now lets you create several database objects (including tables) in a target database with a single command. Specify (in the command) a series of object names, or use wildcards to apply the command to all objects with names that match the specified pattern. This can be done for tables, indexes, views, sequences, procedures, functions, aliases, audit policies, and triggers. For more information, see the Command Reference and FAQ sections of the Lift CLI documentation.

Support for new source: Oracle database and Microsoft SQL Server database

You can now migrate your data from Oracle database and Microsoft SQL Server database to the IBM Cloud. Lift adds the capability to migrate data from Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server to IBM Cloud services and IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud and Db2 on Cloud respectively. Lift supports migration of data to IBM Db2 On Cloud and IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud. Lift uses a fast, native mechanism to extract data from Oracle databases whenever possible and uses an automated fallback mechanism when native tools cannot be used. Migrating data from Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server to IBM Cloud has never been so simple, and the migration path remains the same as other supported sources of Lift.  

Support for new target: IBM Db2 on Cloud

In addition to the already supported Db2 Warehouse on Cloud, Lift CLI adds Db2 on Cloud as a target for data migration. The ddlcommand options recently introduced are also supported when Db2 on Cloud is the target.

Automatic creation of target tables from a Db2 source

The ddl command gives users the ability to create a table in the target database before moving data from the source table into the target table. Previously, users needed to create the target table as a separate task outside of Lift. With the introduction of the ddlcommand, IBM provides an improved experience using Lift in data migrations to the IBM Cloud. There are three options for the ddlcommand, and the chosen source database can be either IBM Integrated Analytics System, IBM Db2, or IBM Db2 Warehouse. The supported target database is IBM Db2 Warehouse on Cloud. The ddl --migrate option provides end-to-end creation of a target table. The ddl --generate and ddl --execute options save the source DDL and allow its execution for situations where you want to edit the structure of the target table or provide your own DDL. Either method allows column subsetting and using different schema and table names on the target.

Support for additional Db2 sources: Db2 and Db2 Warehouse

In addition to the already supported IBM Integrated Analytics System, Lift CLI adds Db2 and Db2 Warehouse as supported sources for the data extract. The new data sources are completely supported with all of the available Lift CLI features, such as subsetting data on extract with SELECT/WHERE or by column selection. The various source types are selected using the --database-source-type option in the extract command. For more information, see the extract command help or run lift extract --help.

Lift connectivity check (advanced)

IBM expanded the basic check command (see below) that is available in IBM Lift CLI by giving you the ability to validate the connectivity to your sources, targets, and the Lift Core Services that provide the auto-update functionality. The first iteration of the check command added a basic validation of the required ports. This iteration provides a detailed validation that includes, for example, whether the database user has enough privileges to use the IBM Lift CLI.

Lift connectivity check (basic)

The check command gives you the ability to validate connectivity to your sources and targets as well as the Lift Core Services that provide the auto-update functionality. For example, you will be able to detect if ports are blocked by a firewall. For the list of required ports, see the FAQ “What network ports must be open on my on-premises system.” For more information, see help for the check command or run lift check --help.

Load with External Tables technology

IBM recently deployed a new extract and loading technology called External Tables (ET) to load data into a Db2 Warehouse on Cloud database. When appropriate, Lift dynamically chooses the External Tables technology to extract and load data.

High-speed data extraction from Integrated Analytics System

In addition to extracting data from IBM PureData System for Analytics, IBM Lift CLI now supports high-speed data extractions from IBM Integrated Analytics System by using External Tables (ET) technology. For more information, run lift extract --help.

Db2 Warehouse on Cloud Flex

IBM recently deployed a second generation MPP architecture for Db2 Warehouse on Cloud called “Flex” that supports flexible scaling of compute and storage capacity of a given cloud database instance. Lift has been enhanced to seamlessly load data into this new generation of Db2 Warehouse on Cloud.

ServiceNow support portal for Lift CLI

IBM introduces ServiceNow, a new support portal for getting technical help with Lift CLI. Customers with support entitlement can assign problem severity, while users with free support can open cases as Severity 4. Otherwise, for general questions, either ServiceNow or Stack Overflow can be used.

Constrain data extraction by column and row

The extract command now supports constraining the data extraction by making a column, row, or both column and row selection. For more information, see the --where-clause and --column-selection options by running lift extract --help.

Compact output option for scripting

The new --compact option provides easier-to-consume output as a result of running a Lift CLI command when scripting. For more information, run lift <command> --help.

Support for proxy servers and certificates

The Lift CLI can now be used with HTTP proxies of various configurations. If the HTTP proxy uses its own certificates, the certificates can now be imported and used by the Lift CLI as a client. For more information, see the following FAQs: “How do I configure Lift CLI to work with an HTTP proxy?” and “How can I add a new X509 certificate to the list of trusted certificates for the Lift CLI?”

User feedback added

A new product Feedback tab on the Lift CLI landing page has been added. Users can share their experiences, new ideas, or just provide general feedback to the product development and offering teams. Your feedback is reviewed and we’ll work to improve the overall product experience.

What’s Included in the IBM Cloud Developer Tools CLI Version 2.1.10

Create command allows reuse of services

The create command now gives you the option of using an existing service instance of your IBM Cloud account in addition to the choice of creating a new service instance for your application.

Delete command deletes by folder

Invoking the delete command from the folder of your application that contains the cli-config.ymlwill now detect the corresponding application in IBM Cloud and allow you to delete it. Simply change to this folder and invoke ibmcloud dev delete.

Expanded enable and edit command options

Connecting to an IBM Cloud application

In this release, we’ve made it easier than ever to connect your local application to the corresponding application on IBM Cloud. If you are logged into IBM Cloud, the enable and edit commands now allow you to choose whether the local application should be connected to an existing application on IBM Cloud, a new application should be created on IBM Cloud, or should proceed without connecting to an application at all. In order to take advantage of all that the IBM Cloud has to offer, you need an application created in IBM Cloud, not just on your local workstation. However, if you know that you do not wish to create an application in IBM Cloud and are logged in, you can choose this option when you invoke enable, bypassing the above question in the CLI by invoking ibmcloud dev enable --no-create.

Connecting to an IBM Cloud toolchain and git repository

The enable and edit commands now allow you to connect your app to an IBM Cloud toolchain. This is for the case that you have existing code that is not in a git repository, and you now are connecting this app to an IBM Cloud toolchain which will also create a git repository for you in IBM Cloud. The CLI will guide you through the necessary steps as pictured below.

Improved support for applications with an existing git repository

Enable also now better serves applications already tied to a git repository. When creating an IBM Cloud application, the existing git repository will be associated with the application in the console, simplifying the task of connecting this existing repository to a toolchain.

Getting started with this release

Install the release

For a new install of IBM Cloud Developer CLI, follow the instructions at this link.

If you have previously installed, you can update your release with this command:

ibmcloud plugin update dev

Develop an app

Create or enable your first app by following this tutorial.

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Author: Debashree

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