Introduction → Deployment Automation Overview → Terminology
Before you get started with Deployment Automation, here are some terms you should know.
Applications bring together components with their deployment targets and orchestrate multi-component deployments.
Components typically map to a functional part of a real world application, and represent deployable items, or artifacts, such as files, images, databases, and configuration materials.
Plugins provide functionality in discrete steps to be used in component and global processes for configuration of or deployment into target environments.
Environments represent logical deployment locations. Your deployment processes must run against at least one environment. Environments and their resources are used by applications and components at runtime.
A pipeline is a sequence of environments where an application process request is propagated.
Agents are physical resources for deployment. To run a deployment, an agent must be installed on the target server.
Agent relays are used to manage communication between servers and agents. Agent relays are typically used when agents are dispersed across geographic locations or must communicate through firewalls. Agent relays can also be used to manage network traffic in implementations where you have many agents.
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