Don’t have the skills to deploy and manage containerized applications in your data centers? Then you should take a look at IBM Cloud Private. With IBM Cloud Private or ICP, you can quickly deploy WebSphere Commerce v9 and immediately take advantage of containerization without being an expert in technology like Kubernetes, K8, or Vault.
IBM Cloud Private is a private cloud platform for developing and running workloads locally. It is an integrated environment that enables you to design, develop, deploy and manage on-premises, containerized cloud applications behind your firewall. It includes the container orchestrator Kubernetes, a private image repository, a management console and monitoring frameworks. – link
ICP is a certified stack of open source software (think RedHat) that guarentees you that each piece of the containerization puzzle is optimized and works properly together. ICP offers the benefits of a public cloud, including rapid deployment and scalability plus ease of use and elasticity, but also provides greater control, increased performance, predictable costs, tighter security and flexible management options. Customize it to your unique needs and security requirements.
The great news is since WebSphere Commerce v9 is container based you can now move to v9 and instanly take advantage of a containerized environment. Below you will see what ICP gives you; the highlighted red area is where v9 would sit.
Additionally, we have recently published a whitepaper “Deploying WebSphere Commerce Version 9 on Kubernetes” where you can learn about how to deploy v9 on ICP. In addition to the whitepaper, we also have the WebSphere Commerce DevOps Utilities published on GitHub. The whitepaper is pretty comprehensive and does a good job walking you through all of the steps of getting v9 up and running in ICP with Kubernetes. Below are the contents of the paper to give you an idea of what it covers.
- Deploy and initiate the Vault and Consul servers
- Prepare encrypted passwords
- Deploy WebSphere Commerce
- Verify the deployment of the WebSphere Commerce environment
- Troubleshoot the deployment
- Expected outcome
If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me balfe[at]us.ibm.com.