Cloud-native computing is revolutionizing software delivery, implementation and maintenance — and the benefits to organizations are too compelling to ignore. HCL Digital Experience is on a mission to free businesses to focus on driving business value from their digital experience software investments, not spending resources on intensive and high-cost development teams. 

One major area HCL Digital Experience is focusing on is making installing, running, and upgrading your digital experience software faster and easier, but without sacrificing the reliability, scalability, performance, security and integration breadth you need to digitize the business processes necessary for business-critical digital experiences

On June 25, HCL Digital Experience is going further “cloud-native.”  The benefits of cloud-native are many and compelling — both for the IT organization and the business — and dramatically reduce TCO.

Why are cloud native digital experiences important?

When companies build and operate applications in a cloud-native fashion, they bring new ideas to market faster and respond more quickly to customer demands.

The rise of cloud-native computing platforms has been driven by the broad adoption of Docker and Kubernetes. Docker is a container platform which provides the ability to package and distribute containerized applications.  This means rapid install, on virtually any platform, a smaller footprint and code isolation that makes software updates a snap.  Kubernetes is used for the orchestration of containers — automating deployment, scheduling and scaling of these containerized applications. 

Why is that important? As an analogy, think about a taxi company. A taxi is a like a container and the dispatch center is Kubernetes — providing valued orchestration so individual taxis can get where they need to efficiently. Kubernetes provides scheduling of container pods and nodes, autoscaling and load balancing as load changes, self-healing of problematic/expired containers, container roll forward and rollback, and much, much more.

Docker plus Kubernetes delivers the ability to rapidly adapt in a digital world, which is fundamental to organizations that need to continuously grow, compete, and operate applications at scale and with high velocity.

HCL Digital Experience offers broad cloud-native platform support

With the latest update of HCL Digital Experience, support has been added for Microsoft Azure AKS – joining previously announced support for RedHat Open Shift and Amazon EKS – providing customers the broadest set of cloud computing platform options for a DX solution.   The means customers have the flexibility and portability to deploy where, when and how it makes the most sense for their technical objectives; of course, because HCL Digital Experience is dockerized, initial deployment installation on any platform is now up to 10 times faster — meaning mere minutes, not hours, and updates delivered continually, with NO disruptive migrations, for improved TCO. 

Further, once deployed, HCL Digital Experience leverages all the power of Kubernetes for even more benefit, including:

    • Automated scheduling of containers as required
    • Horizontal scaling so apps can auto-scale up and down based on the requirement
    • Self-healing to manage the reschedule, replacement, and restart of nodes that are expired to avoid disruption
    • And automatic roll forward and rollbacks

What else is new?

Being “cloud-native” also allows HCL to deliver features and capabilities modularly, such as the new HCL Digital Asset Management capability also available (out-of-the-box at no additional charge!) in the latest HCL DX update.  In addition, a new Content Composer content manage experience is available now – helping business users dramatically reduce the time needed to create and maintain compelling digital content and experiences.  

Our approach to cloud-native provides all the benefits of a traditional on-premises setup for local control — important to many enterprises for security and performance reasons — but now with the economic benefits of the cloud with instant updates and minimal developer involvement. For our customers, this means reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and a massive return on investment (ROI). 

Join us on June 25th when we unveil the latest capabilities of our platform and demonstrate in real time the new power we provide. We continue to deliver on providing the cloud-native platform you can rely on to digitize your critical business processes.

 

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