Electric Cloud is pleased to announce the general availability of ElectricFlow 6.0 LTS. This release is of the type “Long Term Support”. For more information about types of releases, please go to ElectricFlow Release Strategy.
As part of this release we’ve re-skinned the ElectricCommander platform UI to match that of our new, more modern ElectricFlow UX. Customers accessing the platform UI will now notice that the name “ElectricCommander” has been replaced with “ElectricFlow.” This rename is being done to bring a singular focus on the ElectricFlow brand moving forward. We’re excited about our new look and more streamlined packaging – and we think you will be, too. We’ve posted this FAQ to help answer questions you may have about this change.
ElectricFlow 6.0 LTS rolls up the previous Feature Releases and also brings many new improvements around user interface, agent technologies, security, and efficiency. Some of the highlights are:
ElectricFlow Domain Specific Language (DSL) - Enables authoring of automation like procedures, steps, workflows using a high level Groovy based syntax, providing flexibility and programmatic control over automations and pipelines.
Master Application Components (copy) - When authoring applications and their components, it is possible to create “master Components” to more easily re-use standardized and best practice components across large enterprises.
Agent modernization – Native 64 bit agents on Linux and Windows allow better use of 64 bit resources. Native JRuby and Groovy in command blocks and for plugin authoring enabling direct use of latest vendor provided APIs. A smaller agent only installer makes agent distribution more efficient.
Security enhancements – OpenSSL, Apache, and PHP updated to latest secure versions. The SSLv3 protocol has been replaced with TLS. Secured credentials can be used as parameters on workflows and application processes.
Improvements to the User Experience - UI consistency improved across all features. Management of key objects can be done from the new ElectricFlow UI. The CI dashboard has been adjusted to be color blind friendly.
Efficiency improvements - Accelerate your edit/test/fix cycle by running application processes from the modeling canvases. Get direct access to an application’s processes and tier maps from the application list.
Provisioning environment templates outside of Deployments - Native support for dynamic cloud environments are now available for spinning up resource pools outside of application deployments.
Feature Release roll ups - The 6.0 LTS release rolls up the previous 5.x Feature Releases into a release that will have maintenance releases and be supported for a minimum of 18 months. For more details on the previous feature releases please see the 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4 announcements.
Pipelines (Product pre-release, FREE BETA!) - Pipelines easily model a reusable single pathway to production across multiple stages and environments and provide an aggregated view of all the activity.
- While pipelines are available for exploration with your current license, Electric Cloud reserves the right to change how this capability will be offered in future releases.
Download ElectricFlow 6.0 from the Electric Cloud Sharefile site.
- Login using your personalized account to the Electric Cloud Sharefile at https://electric-cloud.sharefile.com
- Navigate to the /products/flow/release_6.0/188.8.131.52562 directory.
- Server and agent installers are located in the directory corresponding to the operating system (for example, windows)
- IDE plug-in installers are located in the /products/commander/integrations directory
- Release notes and product documentation are available online: Electric Cloud documentation
See the “System Requirements and Supported Platforms” section in the ElectricCommander Installation Guide for a complete list of supported platforms and configurations.
Upgrades to ElectricFlow 6.0 LTS are supported from ElectricCommander 4.2.x and from ElectricFlow 5.x. Any ElectricCommander systems and servers that are pre-Commander 4.2 must be upgraded to an ElectricCommander 4.2.x release before upgrading to ElectricFlow 6.0 LTS. For complete upgrade requirements and instructions, please see the ElectricFlow Installation Guide.
Contact Customer Support with questions related to this release at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the product management team at Electric Cloud for this or any ElectricFlow/ElectricCommander release at email@example.com