Now Easier Than Ever to Move Your Domino Applications to the Cloud

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Quick links: You can find the IBM Domino Applications on Cloud announcement here and view the webcast replay link here.

In this August’s webcast I spoke on the topic of Domino Apps on Cloud (DAC), covering two essential elements to increase the value of moving your organization’s Domino applications to the IBM Cloud:

First, IBM has announced an additional subscription model for Domino Applications on Cloud that combines hosting and licenses in one price. This makes DAC easier than ever, as customers are no longer required to maintain separate license entitlements.

The new offerings are Domino Applications on Cloud Entry Edition and Standard Edition (see table below). Click here to learn more on the Domino Applications on Cloud product page.

Note: We continue to offer hosting with the Bring-your-own-license (BYOL) edition for organizations who prefer that option.

Second, in the webcast, I offer a practitioner’s perspective on the challenges and preparations needed to move to the cloud. As a director on a lab-services team, I have real-life experience with customers who have moved their Domino applications to the IBM Cloud and have picked up many best practices from the field.

For example, moving to the cloud has improved the performance of many of our customer’s applications because of the robust infrastructure in the data center, paired with our optimized and well-maintained Domino environment.

Here is a sample of great questions we received during the webcast:

When will DAC be upgraded to Domino 10?

In general, we update DAC for minor point releases within 30 days of the new release announced on PPA. For major releases, such as Domino 10, we’ll provide Domino 10 environments to new customers within 30 days. However, we will work with existing customers to plan the upgrade together.

How does an application on DAC fit into my overall environment? 

DAC is a flexible option allowing you to move all or just a few of your applications to the cloud. It’s a seamless transition. In fact, the ‘server’ in the cloud is an additional server in your Domino environment. It replicates the apps, just like your on-premises servers.

What’s the difference between DAC and having an extra Domino server at a hosting service provider?

While DAC offers Domino application hosting like other service providers, the model differs with the combined licensing and hosting in one price. As a result, customers do not have to maintain separate software licenses. With DAC we are building a roadmap for customers to modernize or extend their applications easily.

Are client licenses included with DAC?

Customers can use ICAA to access their applications in DAC environment. If they want to use Notes Client for accessing applications, it needs to be licensed separately.

We have updated the DAC product page’s Q&A section to include most questions that were asked in the webcast, but we’d love to hear from you if you want to learn more. You can reach us in our Consult an Expert space or via email at

Starting your journey with DAC

We understand that you have questions about moving from an on-premises or private cloud environment to DAC — both from a business perspective and a technical standpoint.

To get started and find the best path for your organization, we encourage you to conduct a no-commitment test run of IBM Domino Applications on Cloud. Click here to request a free 30-day trial. You will only need to complete a short form for us to provision your server, and we will then send you the information to access it. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

While any client can move their apps to DAC, or use one of our Business Partners, IBM offers two new preconfigured paid migration services.

  • The first service, Cloud Migration Advisory Services, provides 40 hours of remotely delivered expert guidance to accelerate your move to IBM Domino Applications on Cloud (DAC).
  • The second service, Cloud Migration Fast Track Services, provides access to IBM experts who can help clients analyze, remediate, and move up to 10 Domino applications to their Domino Applications on Cloud (DAC) environment.

Both of these services are pre-priced and can be included as part of your DAC order.

Through a partnership with panagenda, IBM also offers a no-cost entitlement to panagenda’s Application Insights application for on-premises and DAC. You can find more details here.

Prefer to talk?

If you have a DAC question, the team is reachable at our Consult an Expert space or via email at You can easily book a 30 minute Q&A session to learn more about how to seamlessly move your Domino applications to the IBM Cloud with DAC.

Distinguished Engineer – CTO, WW Lab Services and AVP

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