The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for testing and certification of APS packages – this is SaaS applications being packaged in accordance with the Application Packaging Standard. The Certification procedure is a required step in the process of publishing APS packages in APS Catalog.
The document is intended for application vendors.
The guide covers the following matters:
- Application Testing section contains instructions for verification of APS package with Parallels Automation and Parallels Plesk Panels.
- Package Certification section provides guideline for APS package certification and publication.
Abbreviations, Definitions and Conventions
- APS is used instead of Application Packaging Standard in some long sentences where using it will not change the meaning of the sentence.
- Application Package, APS Package or Package is a web-based application which includes all application and application-related files created, structured and packed according to APS.
- Application Instance is a web-based application installed from an APS package on a particular website and accessible at a unique URL.
- POA (Parallels Operations Automation) - a customizable multi-server management system offering automated back-office provisioning and service management for large-scale cloud service delivery. Part of Parallels Automation suite.
- PBA (Parallels Business Automation) - a customizable management and control system covering the full life cycle of business and marketing operations for selling cloud services and applications. Part of Parallels Automation suite.
- Control panel - a web-based component comprising a separate management tier in Parallels Automation and offering related controls for a certain role (see also PCP, MyCP, CCP and PPP).
- APS Catalog - a public web source for APS packages.
- MyCP - a control panel providing a Service User with access to applications, websites and mailboxes.
- PCP (Provider Control Panel) - a control panel, part of Parallels Automation offering access to provider-related tools and tasks, such as: reseller and customer management, allocation of hardware resources and import of APS packages.
- CCP (Customer Control Panel) - a control panel, part of Parallels Automation, providing access to customer-related tools and products purchased by the customer.
- PKA (Parallels Key Administrator) - a license management service.
- PPP (Parallels Plesk Panel) - a control panel for application and service management running on a single server.
- Provisioning Gateway - a host machine, part of POA infrastructure, where files of APS application instances are located.
- Resource - a specific countable entity that may be consumed by users: traffic, databases, applications, etc.
- Resource type - a configurable template for provisioning of resource. Contains configuration of APS application.
- Service template - group of Resource Types with provisioning rules and limits for each Resource Type. Service Templates enable POA to automatically provision resources and services on millions of customer accounts.
- Subscription - a group of Resource Types with usage information based on a single Service Template.
- Service Plan – a commercial offer of a computer resource package. When customers buy Service Plans, they accrue a right to use up certain amount of hosting resources at a certain rate over a certain period of time in the future, usually starting from the day of purchase. Purchasing a Service Plan is equivalent to subscribing to the services listed in the plan.
- Certification Level - a grade assigned to APS package based on its compliance to Application Packaging Standard (see APS Application Certification Criteria for details).
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