I have spent a fair amount of time this past year working with various groups within IBM to get Verse on Premises (VoP) supported on the IBM i. The net of these discussions is in order to get Verse on Premises supported on the IBM i or AIX platforms, Docker will be required. Docker is a technology that allows for applications to be created, deployed and run using containers. By using Docker, applications and services can be built and deployed on any operating system that supports Docker.
In addition to Verse on Premises needing Docker, Connection 6 (PINK) will also require Docker. In order to get these two collaboration solutions supported on IBM i and AIX, I have created two Requests For Enhancements (RFEs):
I know both the IBM i and AIX communities want to have VoP and Connections PINK supported on their respective platforms. The key is that the port of Docker to the IBM i will start with the port of Docker on AIX, so I am asking that you please vote for both of these RFEs to ensure both platforms become Docker enabled.
In addition to voting for the RFEs, adding comments to the RFEs will be very helpful to IBM in evaluating the importance of having Docker supported on these platforms. By sharing why these platforms are important to you and how these collaboration solutions will benefit your business, IBM will have more knowledge when having discussions about these RFEs.