Thursday, January 15, 2009

Adobe Cloud Computing - LiveCycle ES Cloud instances!


In case you missed the big news on January 12, Adobe is now offering Adobe LiveCycle ES Developer Express. This is Adobe's first (but not last) major foray into the world of enterprise cloud computing. The LC ES Developer Express software is a full version of Adobe LiveCycle ES that is hosted in the Amazon Web Services cloud computing environment and provides a virtual, self-contained development environment where enterprise developers can prototype, develop, and test LiveCycle applications (*.lca files).

Feature set?
  • Provides pre-installed, pre-configured virtual instances of LiveCycle ES.
  • Reduce time required to download, install, and boot new server instances.
  • Develop LC ES applications in a fraction of the time.
  • Virtual instances can be used to build proof-of-concepts

The base installation provides the following LiveCycle ES server applications pre-installed:

  • LiveCycle Forms ES
  • LiveCycle Reader Extensions ES
  • LiveCycle Rights Management ES
  • LiveCycle Barcoded Forms ES
  • LiveCycle Digital Certificate ES
  • LiveCycle Output ES
  • LiveCycle Process Management ES
  • LiveCycle Content Services ES
  • LiveCycle PDF Generator ES
LiveCycle Production Print, LiveCycle BAM, and LiveCycle PDFG 3D are not included in this installation. In the Developer Express installation, LiveCycle is running on the JBoss application server and the MySQL database. The first screenshot below shows one of my three instances up and running:

Once you get an instance up and running, it appears to be virtually running on localhost:8080. There is a small download called LiveCycle Developer Express (shown below), which then allows you to log in to the instance running in the cloud.

Once you log in, select the instance:

and hit "Connect". Once you connect, you will be able to log in by accessing the admin panel via a browser. The URL is http://localhost:8080/adminui/secured/admin.faces. Note below that I am now logged in as Admin while running it in the cloud from my Mac. What does this mean? LC ES on the Mac!!!

From here you can browse all running services on the instance:

or manage endpoints:

The service, available to all members of the Adobe Enterprise Developer Program, allows developers to bullet-proof their applications without having to invest in a development environment or test lab. I will be unveiling more on a future episode of Duane's World when we get into SOA and ESB cloud architecture.

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