In recent years, a plethora of deployment technologies evolved, many of which were following a declarative approach to automate the delivery of software components. Even if such technologies share the same purpose, they differ in features and supported mechanisms.
Consequently, it is difficult to compare and select deployment automation technologies as well as to migrate from one technology to another. Hence, in the RADON project we present a systematic review of declarative deployment technologies and furthermore introduce the essential deployment metamodel (EDMM) by extracting the essential parts that are supported by all these technologies, in the publication ‘The essential deployment metamodel: a systematic review of deployment automation technologies’.
The EDMM enables a common understanding of declarative deployment models by facilitating the comparison, selection, and migration of technologies. Moreover, it provides a technology-independent baseline for further deployment automation research.
You can read more on the EDMM in the paper ‘The essential deployment metamodel: a systematic review of deployment automation technologies’ here.