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.

 

Comment wrap
Further Reading
Digital Solutions | October 31, 2020
The Benefits of Hybrid Cloud and Why it’s a Big Deal
With more and more enterprise technologies moving to cloud-based deployments it has become increasingly important for organizations to carefully evaluate their current digital experience implementations and formulate a cloud strategy and roadmap to get there to reap the business benefits of cloud for driving transformation, differentiation and ultimately achieving competitive advantage. While the benefits are getting to cloud are compelling, organizations require flexibility in their cloud journey to minimize the challenges inherent in migrating mission critical workloads to the cloud. Migrating to a public or private cloud can take a lot of time, money and development resources. With HCL Digital Experience’s new hybrid cloud support organizations can exploit the benefits of cloud, maximize the value from their existing on-premise deployment and future proof their digital experience investment.  New HCL Digital Experience hybrid cloud support enables customers to use their existing on-premise with the game-changing cloud-based content management features — without needing to migrate anything. Magic? No. Revolutionary? Yes. Using Kubernetes, you can now add our new future-leaning cloud features to an on-premises environment without needing to migrate anything to the cloud.  This new hybrid cloud option brings three major improvements to your on-premises DX environments:  Content Composer: Create Content in Half the Time   Deliver content for digital experiences quickly to your audiences. Dramatically improved content-creation tools and a redesigned Content Composer means business users can now model and create new content in half the time with a modern, intuitive drag-and-drop interface.  2. Hot DAM! A New (Free) Cloud-Native Digital Asset Manager Included  A new cloud-native digital asset management system (DAM) lets you add and organize media quickly and seamlessly. You can now manage your content from creation to execution with ease. And, unlike some other digital experience platforms in the market, this DAM is included at no addition charge.    3. Experience API: Adaptable, Open APIs:  A new open API-compliant set of headless REST services enables developers to deliver experiences using modern front-end JavaScript frameworks (Angular, React, Vue etc.). This provides greater agility in blending content, data, and applications. Upgrading now means that your DX is faster and easier than ever — making your business-critical digital experience more valuable than ever before. Join us at our upcoming annual conference, DX Inspire, to learn more.   Learn more: https://hclsw.co/dx-inspire-2020
Digital Solutions | October 28, 2020
The 3 Capabilities Your Digital Experience Needs to Offer
In order to compete today, enterprises have to offer staff and customers a fast, secure and flexible experience that’s up to the task of responding to a dizzying array of business needs. Trends and market needs can evolve as rapidly as a weather system, making an agile platform vital to keeping companies in tune with the business-critical demands.  Business critical processes are core activities that are essential to meeting an organization’s mission — such as paying bills, making appointments, filling out time sheets, applying for permits, or filing a claim. Some of these processes are invisible to the customer and some can be seen.  This includes the fulfillment of company operations, protection of assets, and satisfying of regulatory requirements, and occur on all levels of an organization.    Whether it’s centered on sales and marketing, accounting and finance, HR, or customer service, these business activities can be optimized by the platform they’re on, or not.  A dynamic publishing platform that can handle the business-critical needs of a company, regardless of industry, is a distinct advantage for enterprises in competitive markets.  With all the factors to be considered, what are 3 capabilities an elite publishing platform needs to have?   Data Security and Privacy  There’s a saying that a band is only as good as its drummer, and the same is true for the technology and security of digital experiences and platforms.  The greatest user interface in the world is worthless if it's not secure from digital threats.    Ensuring a secure platform includes protecting private data while it’s on-site and in-transit, with encryption that is flexible enough to connect users anytime anywhere while meeting all industry compliance requirements.    If that sounds like a tough balancing act, well that’s because it is. But you don’t want a beautiful guitar solo being drowned out by a wildly inconsistent drumbeat, so it’s worth investing in the...
Digital Solutions | October 27, 2020
4 Features of a Cloud-Native Digital Experience
Hosting a digital enterprise platform on a cloud-native setting sounds like a dream: more speed, agility, scalability, integration, and cost-savings. But is a cloud-native environment so different from a cloud-hosted one, and how do those differences manifest in workflow solutions for enterprise companies?   Let’s look at what makes a cloud-native digital experience unique, and why the distinctions in capability are important.   Cloud-native means more than just a digital platform   Cloud-native describes not just an environment but an approach to design and deployment.  It is a more progressive use of cloud technology that goes beyond the previously accepted benefits — primarily storage and convenience — and features applications designed specifically to run on the cloud.    By being “native” to the cloud — built for the cloud from day one — these applications have a scale and deployment velocity that can’t be easily matched by on-premise or even cloud hosted platforms.  Enterprise companies that adopt a cloud native system can tap into a digital experience built to thrive in a constantly evolving digital workspace where time matters more than ever.    Cloud-native is not the same as cloud-hosted  It could sound obvious, but it’s worth mentioning because understanding the differences between the two systems can help shine a light on the advantages of cloud-native infrastructure.    Cloud-hosted applications are designed for on-premise environments but are deployed and managed from the cloud by a service provider.  This model was originally born from a desire to save money by shifting premises systems from a capital expense to an operating expense, saving enterprises the added financial burden of capital expense costs.    A cloud-hosted system is a compromise which combines some aspects of cloud storage and management with legacy systems of security, maintenance and infrastructure.  Cloud-hosted services, however, can still be bogged down by clunky and time-consuming updating protocol and can be more difficult to scale as needed.  Whereas cloud-native services and applications are designed strictly for cloud environments and can respond accordingly.    ...
a/icon/common/search Created with Sketch.