We are pleased to announce some exciting upcoming enhancements for the IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation version 21.0.3. This release is planned to be Generally Available (GA) on December 17, 2021. This early announcement highlights intended support for core business automation capabilities on zLinux, and longer term support for the 21.0.3 release as a Long Term Support Release (LTSR). Please watch this space for additional feature announcements to be issued with the GA software.
IBM Z and LinuxONE support
Several business automation capabilities are already supported today on IBM Z with traditional style deployments (VMs, bare-metal). With this release, the IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation adds container style deployments on Red Hat OpenShift on the IBM Z platform. The IBM Z platform is known for bringing its next-level data privacy, security, availability, scalability and resiliency to your hybrid multi-cloud strategy. IBM Z and LinuxONE are very cost effective platforms to run IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation. Delve deeper into IBM Z and LinuxONE by visiting the community webpage.
The following capabilities are planned to to be delivered as containers that run on Red Hat OpenShift on the IBM Z platform:
- FileNet Content Manager
- Business Automation Navigator
- IBM Enterprise Records
- Operational Decision Manager
- Automation Decision Services
- Business Automation Workflow (BPMN and Case style processes)
- Business Automation Insights
- Business Performance Center
Low-code Automation Applications:
- Business Automation Studio
- Business Automation Application Designer
- Business Automation Application runtime
Long Term Support Release and extended fix support
A Long Term Support Release is a release package that will be supported for an extended period of time when compared to the Continuous Delivery update packages. An LTSR assists clients where frequent functional updates may not be practical for their environment and a longer term deployment is desirable.
The 20.0.3 (December 18, 2020) version end of fix support has been extended from June 25, 2021 to June 24, 2022 to allow clients currently on 20.0.3 enough time to move up to the 21.0.3 LTSR release. This is also reflected in the IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation Software Support Lifecycle Addendum release date table. While the fix support end date is being extended, the 20.0.3 release is not being declared an LTSR.
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