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Combining the power of CiricleCI’s workflow orchestration with Quali’s Environment as a Service empowers DevOps developers, engineers, and architects with the ability to trigger dev/test environment on-demand directly with their Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment CI/CD pipeline enabling the ability for continuous testing workflows.

  • Valid Application Performance on demand
  • Application Release optimized for speed
  • Run complex pipelines efficiently with sophisticated caching, docker layer caching, resource classes
  • Control Infrastructure Costs
  • Provide self-service, full-stack Dev/Test environments
  • Out-of-the-box pre-defined commands
  • Configurations stored in human readable format (in YAML)

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Building the next big thing is what most developers care about but often, they’re required to deal with the hassle of setting up the environments they need to work due to bottlenecks or a lack of expertise. The application release process is best left to automation experts, such as Quali and CircleCI. Combining the power of workflow orchestration with Environment as a Service provides a compelling story to accomplish that goal.

Workflow pipeline tools and  platforms neatly complement each other⁠. The higher-level orchestration is owned by the workflow tool, while dev/test/production environments are provided on demand by the Environment as a Service platform.

The Quali Torque Orb lets DevOps users trigger environment on-demand using the CircleCI CI/CD pipeline tool. That means existing CircleCI users can easily update their CircleCI projects with Quali’s Environment as a Service platform with out-of-the-box predefined commands.

What is unique about the CircleCI and Torque integration?

The approach to deploy an application environment as part of an automated workflow is simple, open, and developer friendly.

5 Steps to Deploying an Application Environment with Environment as a Service:

Step 1: Define Your Cloud Account

An administrator defines a cloud account and a blueprint repository in Torque.

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Step 2: Model Your Blueprint

The DevOps engineer models a blueprint representing the desired application and its infrastructure. Each blueprint can have input parameters and may differ depending on the stage of the pipeline. For the final integration test, it should be a close replica of the production environment.

Step 3:  Create a Project in CircleCI

The DevOps engineer creates a project in CircleCI and includes commands from the Torque.

One command, “start a sandbox,” deploys an environment from a blueprint. It also let you retrieve the details of the sandbox so that some test automation can run against its end points. Another one, “end a sandbox,” terminates the environment to free up the resources once the test is complete.

For additional details on the usage of this integration, CircleCI Orb has a neat self-documented approach that automatically generates the documentation of the Orb based on the description fields in the code itself.

In the backend, the workflow calls the Torque REST API to trigger the deployment of a sandbox environment, based on the blueprint name and optional parameters. Similarly, once the test is complete, the sandbox environment is terminated, and the infrastructure is reset to its initial state.

Both CircleCI and Quali offer direct synchronization with GitHub for version control of projects and blueprints respectively, which makes it very convenient for any developer already familiar with this popular platform.

Step 4: Run the Project

Run the project created in the previous step from the CircleCI UI, or automatically based on the latest code merge to the Master branch.


Step 5: Support Blue-green Deployment

What’s next? Develop the support for the production use case with blue-green deployment upgrades based on Torque’s fully integrated API. Since Orbs are all open source, we are looking for candidates in the community to pick up where we left off. All you need to do is to sign up for our free trial.

Check out this video to learn more about CircleCI and Quali Torque:

Environment Automation with Torque and CircleCI

Our goal is to create Orb package allowing to start/stop Torque sandboxes

For additional details on the usage of this integration, CircleCI Orb has a neat self-documented approach that automatically generates the documentation of the Orb based on the description fields in the code itself.

  • Torque orb on CircleCI developer website 
  • Implementation how-to on Github