The WebSphere Portal Blog
During Lotusphere, we announced several updates and additions to our Portal cloud strategy.
First of all, we updated our Amazon EC2 Development AMI to be at the WP 6.1.5 level, as well as updated our Open Beta image to be on the Beta 2 level of WP.Next (http://aws.amazon.com).
We also introduced a WP/WCM 6.1.5 image on the IBM Smart Business Development and Test Cloud Beta (http://www.ibm.com/cloud/developer). This cloud sports several images from each of our software divisions. The plan is over time to help customers build out complex test and development topologies with a few clicks of the mouse, integrating the best of our application platforms with the best of our development and test automation tooling.
Lastly, we have introduced a Beta of a WebSphere Portal/Lotus Web Content Management V6.1.5 Hypervisor Edition, for use with the WebSphere CloudBurst private cloud management appliance (https://www14.software.ibm.com/iwm/web/cc/earlyprograms/lotus/portalopenbeta/). For more information on WebSphere CloudBurst, visit their site (http://www.ibm.com/software/webservers/cloudburst/).
WebSphere Portal's popularity on Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud is growing in popularity. These new offerings are helping bridge from single machine provisioning into complex topology management and private cloud computing, a particularly strong play for Portal I think.
Hopefully by now you've seen the announcements about WebSphere Portal and Lotus Web Content Management joining the ranks of several other IBM software products with offerings out on Amazon Web Services. Here's the IBM press release: http://www-304.ibm.com/jct03001c/press/us/en/pressrelease/26673.wss.
In February of this year, we released free for use, "development only" versions of our product as Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) that you can use free of charge from an IBM licensing perspective. You only pay Amazon for the time and space used. These images are small in size and are meant for use in eduction, trials, development and test of portal and content management solutions. Later, in June, we released production AMIs that are larger (64-bit, giving access to larger machine instance types) and are licensed for use in production environments in the cloud. See the complete AWS IBM AMI catalog for more details.
We are very excited about the benefits cloud computing, and particular Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud, brings to the portal and content management platform. In about 20 minutes, you have a fully-functional WebSphere Portal and Web Content Management instance running, with several features preconfigured out of the box:
Leveraging a product like WebSphere Portal and WCM in the cloud allows the user to get past those initial setup and configuration costs and down to business much faster than using traditional bare-metal installations. You can either use our AMIs as a starting point (see the catalog link above), or build your own AMIs based on product licenses you've already purchased.
I can think of several ways to leverage Portal/WCM in a cloud:
Additionally, we've started posting Portal/WCM Beta AMIs on EC2. You can now run our beta programs from within the cloud. Go to our Portal.Next beta page for more details.
With the introduction of our AWS support, we have started on the cloud computing journey, rich with exciting technical advancements and total cost of ownership savings. Look for new announcements coming that expand on our cloud computing support and commitments.