Sparx Cloud Services

Pro Cloud Service

The Sparx Systems Pro Cloud Server opens your entire enterprise to your modeling efforts, enabling stakeholders to have secure access for discussion and review.

WebEA provides a real-time view of content contained in an Enterprise Architect Cloud repository to be shared with anyone with a smart phone, tablet or computer simply using a web-browser.

Complements Enterprise Architect

WebEA is a complementary product and is not intended to replace Enterprise Architect. WebEA allows your entire organization to read and consume models, and provide feedback where appropriate.

A valid licence of Enterprise Architect is still required to create models and edit diagrams.

Try WebEA

URL: demo.sparxpublic.com
Select model: EA Example
Access code: demo

Additional Info:

WebEA Video
WebEA Quick Start Guide
Introducing the Pro Cloud Server
Cloud News im Blog

At a Glance:
•   Push your models to the entire enterprise
•   Allow stakeholders real-time web access to consume and review your models
•   Web based creation of Issues, Tests, Requirements, Use Cases and more
•   A powerful platform for model authors to engage model consumers for feedback
•  Track model changes at a glance via watch lists

Create Elements
Project management tasks like the creation of Issues, Tests, Resources, Requirements, Use Cases and more can be created directly in the mobile browser for rapid capturing of information, at a remote site, to be modeled at a later time, or by the team back in the office.
Keep Track Of Work
Customizable watch lists can be configured to always keep you informed when the model has changed. Ensuring you are always up to date with the latest changes in your model, even when in transit.
On Any Device
Created with the mobile user in mind, the interface is fully compatible with smart phones and tablets. Quickly and easily review and discuss model content when you are away from your computer.
Fully Explore
Intuitive user interface so you always know where you are and where you have come from.
Discuss and Review
Discussion enabled models allow you to contribute to the model via the browser. Discussions are stored in the model to build up a complete picture of stakeholder feedback and create seamless discussions, regardless if you are working inside Enterprise Architect or WebEA.

Pro Cloud Server hosted on your Companies Intranet, LAN or Cloud

Cloud Service

Cloud Services

The Sparx Systems Cloud Services application provides a convenient mechanism for hosting models. It provides easy access to people within your team, and optionally to external customers and consultants anywhere around the world.

Introducing Cloud Services for Enterprise Architect

Enterprise Architect models are stored in databases. Prior to the introduction of Cloud Services Enterprise Architect required users to install the appropriate drivers for the database and create a connection. Enterprise Architect would then use that connection to connect directly to the database and run the model. With the introduction of Cloud Services that model has changed in ways that provide a number of benefits.

•    The process of setting up drivers and connections can now be performed once by an administrator during the server configuration. The only set-up required on a user machine is to install Enterprise Architect and connect to any model required on the cloud server.
•    Database servers no longer need to be exposed through a firewall. The cloud server can be run from inside a corporate firewall. All model connections are now created using http allowing firewalls to completely isolate your database server.
•    A cloud server can be configured to ensure all communication is encrypted. Using standard TLS/SSL protocols, you can be sure that your data is not intercepted during transmission on insecure networks.
•    A cloud server can be configured to provide http level authorization to any model directly from the model user list. Even when the model is exposed on a public network you can be assured that only authorized users are able to access your model.

When to use a cloud server

A cloud server offers benefits whenever:
•    You would like to reduce the set-up requirements for each of your users
•    You would like to expose any models outside of a private network
•    Any users are connecting over slow connections

Setting up a server


One of the benefits of a cloud server is that the set-up needs to be performed once on the server instead of for all users who are connecting. The following describes the process for installing, configuring the ports and databases for the server.

Installation

The installer for Sparx Systems Cloud Services requires administration permission for installation. Run it as administrator, accept the license agreement and specify the target location. The installer provides options for installing the service itself, the management client and the IIS integration files.

IIS Integration

IIS configuration is not set-up by default, only the files are copied to the install location.

Configuration

In the service install directory you will find a file SSCloudServices.config. Edit this file to set the ports the server will listen on and other configuration options. Any changes to this file will require restarting the server for changes to take effect. This is done using the Windows Services list.

TCP connection

The first settings in the file are for the port used for admin tasks. The default values are:

 SERVER_PORT=803
 SERVER_PASSWORD=

SERVER_PORT is used when you connect the administration client or opt to use the IIS integration instead of the integrated webserver. We recommend that this port is not exposed to any external networks as encryption cannot be applied to this port.

SERVER_PASSWORD is the password to protect the administration functions of the server. This can also be changed directly within the admin client.

General Settings
The next list of settings are global settings across the entire service.

 DBMAN_DEFAULTMAXSIMQUERIES=10
 AUDIT_TIME_PERIOD=3600
 TEMP_DIRECTORY=%SERVICE_PATH%\Temp
 LOGGING_LEVEL=SYSTEM
 LOGGING_DIRECTORY=%SERVICE_PATH%\Logs
 LOGGING_FILECOUNT=3
 LOGGING_FILESIZE=1048576

DBMAN_DEFAULTMAXSIMQUERIES is the default value used for maximum number of queries that can be run at a time for any configured database. It can be changed directly within the admin client.

AUDIT_TIME_PERIOD is the number of seconds between the system logs recording activity on each database.

TEMP_DIRECTORY is the location used to write temporary files before they are sent to clients. You should not generally need to change this.

LOGGING_LEVEL determines how verbose the server should be when writing log files. The valid values are: OFF, FATAL, WARNING, INFO and SYSTEM. This value can be changed directly within the admin client.

LOGGING_DIRECTORY, LOGGING_FILECOUNT, LOGGING_FILESIZE collectively determine where log files are written, and how much history will be kept.

HTTP Ports

The cloud server allows you to define an arbitrary number of different ports to listen to http connections, each with a different configuration. Each one is denoted in the config file with an open and close parenthesis on their own line.
 (
 SERVER_PORT=804
 REQUIRE_SSL=0
 DEFAULT_MODEL=
 MODEL_AUTHENTICATION=
 GLOBAL_AUTHENTICATION=user model
 OSLC_SUPPORT=1
 )

SERVER_PORT is the port that the server will listen for http connections on, each one needs to be unique and not be used by any other services on the machine.

REQUIRE_SSL should be set to 1 to enable https on this port. This should be enabled for all connections that are being exposed on public networks but requires a private key (server.pem) to be included in the same directory before it will run.

DEFAULT_MODEL allows a single model to be exposed on a port, making it possible to use a different port for each model.

MODEL_AUTHENTICATION can be set to 1 to request http authorization using the security users in the model being connected to. Note that if you are not using SSL to connect, the usernames and passwords will be sent in plain text. This option is mutually exclusive with GLOBAL_AUTHENTICATION.

GLOBAL_AUTHENTICATION can be set to the name of a model with security enabled that will provide the list of users for all models provided by the connection. This is helpful if you want to provide multiple models but only manage one list of users. This option is mutually exclusive with MODEL_AUTHENTICATION.

OSLC_SUPPORT option is enabled by default. It allows models to be queried using the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration standard. This is discussed further below. Set to 0 to disable.

Configuring models

Once your service is configured, you can connect to the admin client to configure any databases you want to provide using the cloud server.

Open the admin client and you will be presented with an empty list of Database managers. Click 'Add' to configure a new one. This will prompt you with a dialog allowing a connection string that the server should use when connecting to a model. If you are running the admin client on the same machine as the server you will be able to click the ellipsis (...) button to open the Data Link Properties dialog to build a connection string.

Please see the Enterprise Architect help for more information on the supported types, creating a project and options required for connections.

This dialog can also create a new Firebird database with all tables set up. This is the easiest way to get a connection running, and you do that by entering your desired model name followed by '.fdb'.

Once you have added one or more database managers, they will appear in the list in the main dialog. Select any of these and click configure to allow connections to this model. This shows a number of options for the selected model.

Accept Queries must be set to allow users to connect to this database.

Max Simultaneous Queries allows you to control the maximum number of simultaneous connections that will be created to this model. When the database was created this number came from the system setting for this. To tweak constraints of system performance against resource usage you can look at the audit history for each database to see how many connections have been used in the specified time period.

Run Scheduled Tasks allows the server to run periodic updates to this model. This is discussed further below.

Read-only connection allows a model to be shared without allowing any changes to be made.

Require a secure and authenticated connection flags that security is required for this model. No connections will be accepted unless via https with either model authentication or global authentication set.

Security considerations

As with any web connected service, there are a number of security concerns that need to be considered when setting up a new service.

If any data is considered private, always use a https connection and require user authentication. There is an option on the database itself to require this.

There is an implicit trust in sharing a model with anyone. Security is available to prevent users doing things that they shouldn't, but because Enterprise Architect allows user written sql to be used in queries in a number of places any information can be at least retrieved. Of note, this includes users and hashes of their passwords, although this can be prevented by using global authentication instead of model authentication.

Connecting to a server

Enterprise Architect provides a link on the start page to connect to a cloud model. On this dialog you can enter the details of the requested model.
Name is the text that the model is identified as on your machine. It can be any value and does not need to match any values on the server.
URL provides the protocol, path and port for the server. If you were connecting to a server running on your own machine it would be as follows:
 http://localhost:804
First there will be http:// or https:// depending on if encryption is being applied to the connection.
Next will be the name or ip address of the server.
Finally you can specify the port. This is optional if using the default http port (80) or default https port (443) as Enterprise Architect will use the defaults.
Fields are provided for username and password, but these are not required as Enterprise Architect will prompt if the server requires authentication.

Additional Functionality

In addition to the core functionality of providing a model over a http connection, cloud services offer three additional things that add value to setting up a server.

Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC)

Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) is an initiative to allow easier integration between requirement tools. It uses HTTP to list, add, modify and delete requirements.

The service provider definition to direct any OSLC client to will be:
 <protocol>://<server>:<port>/<model_name>/oslc/sp/
For example, if you are connecting to a server running on your own machine using the default settings the connection will be:
localhost/model/oslc/sp/
See http://open-services.net/ for more information.

Re-usable Asset Service

The re-usable asset service (RAS) portion of the cloud server allows packages to be defined that can be used in any model. Enterprise Architect and the cloud server will track cross-package dependencies and ensure everything required by a package is available when a package is requested.

Scheduled Tasks

The cloud server includes optional support for running time based updates to data.
At this stage this is limited to updating a Time Series chart automatically to provide a dynamic view into how a model is changing over time. Please see the Enterprise Architect help file for more information.


Sparx Cloud Service

Ab Version 11 unterstützt Enterprise Architect die Datenspeicherung in der Cloud.
Ein Cloud-Server bietet Vorteile, wenn:
 • Sie die Setup-Anforderungen für die einzelnen Benutzer reduzieren wollen
 • Sie die Daten bei einem Cloud Anbieter speichern wollen
 • Sie Benutzern mit langsamer Internetverbindung einen schnelleren Datenzugriff ermöglichen wollen

Nützen Sie die von Sparx Systens zur Verfügung gestellten Informationen, um die Daten bei Ihrem Cloud Anbieter zu speichern.

Sparx Cloud Service in a test environment

To allow you a simple test, are in the following steps described how to connect Enterprise Architect Trial version to the cloud provided by Sparx Systems Pty in a test environment.

Cloud Setting are:

London Cloud*
URL: http://sparxcloud.co.uk:80
Model Name: Example

Chicago Cloud*
URL: http://sparxcloud.com:80
Model Name: Example
 
Sydney Cloud*
URL: http://sparxcloud.com.au:80
Model Name: Example

* All Models are read-only, there is no username or password required

Sparx Cloud Service in real environment

Everything you wanted to know about setting up your own cloud server can be found at the begin of this page. You will also need to download the CloudServer application which can be found  in the registered users download section. Please not current Login credentilas are necessary to Access These files.

Sparx Cloud Service

Since Version 11 is Enterprise Architect supporting Cloud Services.
The Sparx Systems Cloud Services application provides a convenient mechanism for hosting models. It provides easy access to people within your team, and optionally to external customers and consultants anywhere around the world.

When to use a cloud server

A cloud server offers benefits whenever:
You would like to reduce the set-up requirements for each of your users
You would like to expose any models outside of a private network
Any users are connecting over slow Connections

Informations about how to connect to the cloud:

  • How to connect to a Cloud Server as Video
  • Web based Info
  • Consolidated as a PDF
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