Deploying IBM Mobile Foundation for Developers 8.0 on IBM Cloud Private

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Overview

IBM Mobile Foundation for Developers 8.0 on IBM Cloud Private is a developer edition of Mobile Foundation, which comprises of Mobile Foundation server and Operational Analytics components. The server runtime has an in-built Derby database to store the Mobile Foundation data. This restricts the users to one pod in the Kubernetes deployment on IBM Cloud Private. Community Edition provides Mobile Foundation users a developer experience with minimal configuration parameters and ease of setting up of the Mobile Foundation instance on IBM Cloud Private .

Follow the instructions below to install the developer edition of IBM Mobile Foundation server with pre-configured Operational Analytics on IBM Cloud Private:

  • Setup IBM Cloud Private Kubernetes Cluster (IBM Cloud Private CE or Native/Enterprise).
  • [Optional] Setup your host computer with the required tools – Docker CLI, IBM Cloud CLI (cloudctl), Kubernetes CLI (kubectl), and Helm CLI (helm).

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Prerequisites

You should have IBM Cloud Private (Community Edition or Native/Enterprise) set up and ready. Refer to IBM Cloud Private Cluster installation documentation for setup instructions.

To manage containers and images, you need to install the following tools on your host machine as part of IBM Cloud Private setup:

  • Docker
  • IBM Cloud CLI (cloudctl)
  • Kubernetes CLI (kubectl)
  • Helm (helm)

To access IBM Cloud Private Cluster using CLI, you should configure the kubectl client. Learn more.

Install and configure IBM Mobile Foundation for Developers 8.0 Helm Chart

Please follow the procedure in Deploying Helm charts in the Catalog, to install IBM Mobile Foundation for Developers 8.0 (ibm-mobilefoundation-dev) helm chart from the Catalog.

Environment variables for IBM Mobile Foundation for Developers 8.0

The table below provides the environment variables used in IBM Mobile Foundation for Developers 8.0.

Qualifier Parameter Definition Allowed Value
arch   Worker node architecture Worker node architecture to which this chart should be deployed.
Only AMD64 platform is currently supported.
image pullPolicy Image Pull Policy Always, Never, or IfNotPresent.
Default is IfNotPresent.
  repository Docker image name Name of the server docker image.
  tag Docker image tag See Docker tag description
resources limits.cpu Describes the maximum amount of CPU allowed Default is 2000m. See Kubernetes - meaning of CPU.
  limits.memory Describes the maximum amount of memory allowed Default is 4096Mi. See Kubernetes - meaning of memory.
  requests.cpu Describes the minimum amount of CPU required - if not specified will default to limit (if specified) or otherwise implementation-defined value Default is 2000m. See Kubernetes - meaning of CPU.
  requests.memory Describes the minimum amount of memory required. If not specified, the memory amount will default to the limit (if specified) or the implementation-defined value Default is 2048Mi. See Kubernetes - meaning of memory.
logs consoleFormat Specifies container log output format. Default is json.
  consoleLogLevel Controls the granularity of messages that go to the container log. Default is info.
  consoleSource Specify sources that are written to the container log. Use a comma separated list for multiple sources. Default is message, trace, accessLog, ffdc.

Verifying the Installation

After you have installed Mobile Foundation for Developers 8.0, you can verify your installation and the status of the deployed pods by doing the following:

In the IBM Cloud Private Management Console. Select Workloads > Helm Releases. Click on the release name of your installation.

Accessing console

After successful installation you can access, IBM Operational Console using <protocol>://<ip_address>:<port>/mfpconsole. IBM MobileFirst Analytics Console can be accessed using <protocol>://<ip_address>:<port>/analytics/console.

The protocol can be http or https. Also, note that, the port will be NodePort in the case of NodePort deployment. To get the ip_address and NodePort of your installed Charts, follow the steps below:

  1. In IBM Cloud Private Management Console, select Workloads > Helm Releases.
  2. Click on the release name of your helm chart installation.
  3. See the Notes section.

Sample application

See the tutorials, to deploy the sample adapter and to run the sample application on IBM MobileFirst Server running on IBM Cloud Private,

Uninstall

To uninstall MobileFirst Server and MobileFirst Analytics, use the Helm CLI.

From the Dashboard, click Workloads > Helm Releases, search for the release_name used to deploy the chart, and click the Action menu and choose Delete to completely delete the installed charts.

Use the following command to completely delete the installed charts and the associated deployments:

helm delete --purge <release_name>

release_name is the deployed release name of the Helm Chart.

Limitations

This Helm chart is provided only for development and testing purposes. Data is stored in the embedded Derby database. The chart works with only one pod due to the database restrictions.

Last modified on October 31, 2019