Since there’s been a lot of buzz around it, you no doubt know Docker provides an open standard for packaging and distributing containerized applications – the benefits of which are many for any business that adopts the approach, such as rapid install, on virtually any platform, and isolation that makes software/container updates a snap.

What you may not know is that HCL Software is on a mission to be a premier provider of containerized applications – a mission founded in freeing businesses to focus on driving business value from software investments, not spending resources on intensive and high-cost devOps – and I’m delighted to say that HCL Digital Experience 9.5 for Docker is ready to go this month.

But wait, you might hear that and understand how Docker alone is great, then you ask I often also hear about “Kubernetes”…how is it related and why should I care?  As Docker is for containers, Kubernetes (or “k8s” for those in the know) is for orchestration of containers.  Why is that important?  Well, as an analogy, think about air travel – a plane is a like a container and airports/air traffic provide valued orchestration so individual planes can get where they need to safely and efficiently – similarly k8s becomes critical so more value is derived from the containerization approach.  Specifically, k8s provide scheduling of container launches/clusters, autoscaling and load balancing as load changes, self-healing of problematic/expired containers, container rollback, and much, much more.  In all, Docker + Kubernetes really is revolutionizing software delivery, implementation and maintenance – and I encourage everyone seek out more education on why businesses need to at least consider employing the paradigm sooner rather than later.

For HCL, the 9.5 release Digital Experience (DX) is available via a Docker image with production support on Red Hat OpenShift (and we’ll soon follow with production support for Amazon EKS too).  What does this mean for clients?  Initial installs and subsequent updates of HCL DX software in minutes, not hours or days … and of course unmatched flexibility to select the deployment model (private cloud, public cloud, on prem, et al) and platform that works best for you now or in the future.

Coupled with other new features in 9.5, and those coming soon in 9.6 (also, unlike some others, at HCL we think shipping software innovations often is better for our customers) – like a new Media Library digital asset capability, a completely reimagined user experience, and more – we’re ready to help you move on from buying and managing DX software to making leaps on your digital experience transformation objectives.  We welcome the opportunity to show you how HCL DX does digital experience management and software deployment better…. We’re ready, are you?

Join us at our DX Inspire v9.5 launch events in October to learn more (Raleigh, NC, and Milan, Italy), and check our webpage on September 30 to learn more details about our latest release.

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