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IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

Bill Malchisky  August 3 2016 12:30:00 AM
Yesterday, IBM provided a preview call for select customers covering IBM Verse On-premises (VOP). Those in attendance were amongst the first to receive updated particulars on this product. I explicitly asked and received permission to provide this information. Here is a subset of relevant items discussed/presented.

Disclaimer: As certain features are still being developed, anything and everything below is subject to change. The data below reflects what was presented to me and is believed to be accurate at the time of this writing.

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Data Points
* IBM professed that the installation would be easy (second body paragraph in that post); from the diagram above and responses provided on the call, they are keeping to that promise
* The Indexing Service will be one of two options: Domino or another DB
   ** I asked if that would be No-SQL or an RDBMS? IBM offered that it would be either Domino or a simple No-SQL indexing solution; for me, this is very encouraging
* SOLR is used with Verse Cloud for high-speed searching, but is neither required for Verse on-premises nor should it be perceived as such; again, it will be a simple indexing service or Domino to run it
* IBM Techline will be Verse On-premises trained and knowledgeable very soon; so those with Techline access will be able to receive information on server sizing, for example
* Connections is optional. What it provides is the ability to receive the faces features at the top of the mail client, the Me to We capability, and sharing messages in a social space, for example
   ** If you incorporate Connections, you must use Connections 5.5; older versions omit enhanced key features that Verse On-Premises requires
* Fix Packs
   ** The latest Domino fixpack will be required; which will be either FP7 or FP8
   ** Domino FP7 has a target release date of August 27th, +- a couple of days
   ** Domino FP8 is well underway with planning, and may or may not be available in-time for the Nov/Dec VOP release
 

Pricing
* IBM is looking to provide entitlements and keep it affordable
* Will be available in Passport Advantage as a option for all customers that are current on their licenses and support costs


I will blog more as I learn more and am permitted to do so. Once I enter the VOP beta program later this week, I may not be able to write as much as I would like (if at all). Let me know your thoughts.
Comments

1Wannes Rams  8/3/16 1:37:26 AM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

Thx for sharing Bill

Exciting times

2Richard Moy  8/3/16 5:55:08 AM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

We happy to see this.

3Darren Duke  8/3/16 8:02:03 AM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

Why would an "iNotes API" need to be ported to run on Domino?

4Matteo Bisi  8/3/16 8:42:00 AM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

Thanks Bill, nice info

5Bill Malchisky  8/3/16 10:26:32 AM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

@3 - Darren, as it's a pre-existing component, that rectangle is probably more about Verse's API being adopted for Domino and including iNotes for completeness--as the user can switch between the two GUIs.

6Scott Souder  8/3/16 3:30:29 PM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

Hey, Bill...thanks for being excited about the IBM Verse On-premises update. We're pretty excited, as well, and just keep in mind -- as you accurately mention above -- that things can change. I think we're on pretty solid ground, architecturally, and I'm as pumped as anyone to get a great product like IBM Verse in the hands of our on-premises Domino customers, but we want to get this right...so stay tuned!

7Bill Malchisky  8/3/16 4:19:37 PM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

@6 Thanks, Scott. That commitment to quality will be greatly appreciated by the community. I know from our conversations on this that you absolutely want to get this product right.

Best of luck on your march towards the GA milestone. Thank you again for chiming-in here.

8Ralf M Petter  8/4/16 1:14:37 AM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

Yes Verse on premise will be very nice, but i think for our company it is not the best product and we still hope that IBM will provide future updates for the subscription paying customers who want to stay on the Notes Rich client too. We use heavily the eclipse framework of the Notes client to extend the Notes client for example with CTI, Unified messaging, a Datawarehouse client and a GUI to our ERP System and many other things to improve the productivity of our users. I do not believe, that the Verse Client with, or without Connections integrated can provide a similiar fantastic solution.

9Sam Bridegroom  8/4/16 7:01:28 AM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

Thanks Bill - good info.

10Amita Kunprasertkul  8/24/16 2:47:28 AM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

Thanks a lot, Bill!. I am looking forward to see the next article. I want to know the major differences of IBM Notes 9 and IBM Verse On-premises.

11Anne  9/23/16 11:33:30 AM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

Can IBM-Verse on premise be installed without connections (files/profiles) been on the same domain/LAN?

Thank you

12Bill Malchisky  9/24/16 3:16:48 PM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

Hi Anne - Yes, you can install VOP sans Connections, which provides the upcoming Cognitive capabilities, plus Files, Profiles, Preview, Business Cards, and Team Analytics.

If you do decide to install it later, Connections 5.5 CR1 is what you'll need.

--Bill

13Pavel Bludov  10/5/16 10:41:22 AM  IBM Verse On-premises Architecture and Insight

Hi everyone, I really hope that by Connections 5.5, IBM also means "Connections Cloud". Do you know anything about it? Otherwise, I don't understand how IBM thinks that their cloud is as good or even better than Connections On-prem. We would really like to use Verse on-prem with Connections cloud in combination. Thanks!

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