As businesses accelerate their digital transformations, the need to manage and update Digital Experience (DX) sites, across all channels, continues to increase in volume and complexity. Organizations can struggle to keep up with demands for design, develop, and test DX environments required for publishing, editing, and modifying content, integrating new services, and managing staging to production operations.
To speed these end-to-end, multi-channel delivery needs across DX development, content, and service contributor teams, many IT leaders are using containerized environments. Packaging software and its execution environment in self-contained containers includes the application, its binary files, and libraries, while sharing the OS kernel. Containers are efficient users of system resources, with fast initialization and performance. They are portable and can run on computers, on-premise, or cloud based environments. See the IBM DeveloperWorks article: What is Docker? A Primer on the Benefits of Containers for Applications for a useful introduction to the topic and advantages.
Introducing IBM Digital Experience V9 Dockerfile build scripts
With the new WebSphere Portal docker project in the IBM public Github repository, IBM WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager customers can access IBM supplied build scripts that automate creation of DX Version 9 solutions to Docker containers. The Dockerfile build scripts can be used with your IBM software entitlements, accessed from IBM Passport Advantage, for IBM DX offerings including IBM WebSphere Portal Server, IBM Web Content Manager, or those components as included in IBM Digital Experience Manager, WebSphere Portal Enable and Extend.
You can apply the build scripts for DX V9 offerings to on-premise, private, or public cloud platforms that support the Docker engine, such as IBM Bluemix. What’s more, the IBM Digital Experience technical leads provided a build script to automate upgrade of the base DX V9 offerings, optionally, to the latest WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager CF 14 release. Complete the instructions in the Git repository to finish the CF update in your Docker deployments.
According to recent IT surveys, such as The 2017 Docker Usage Report: Sysdig, use of container platforms such as Docker continues to expand within enterprises. With the new IBM Dockerfile build scripts for IBM WebSphere Portal Server and Web Content Manager solutions, your teams have new options to generate DX environments quickly and consistently. As a result, you can spend more time creating Digital Experiences that showcase your brand and drive growth.
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