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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 3, 2022

Decoupling WebSphere Application Server patterns and Cloud Pak System releases

Currently, IBM used to deliver a new version of the WebSphere Application Server Pattern type as part of the default content for new CPS releases. WebSphere Application Server Pattern type is actually composed of 2 artefacts: - the WebSphere Application Server Pattern type itself, that contains software components for WAS ND, Liberty and IHS, script packages, examples of patterns... - an IBM Installation Manager repository that contains the installation binaries for IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment (several versions), IBM HTTP Server, IBM Java SDK, IBM WebSphere Liberty The WAS pattern type is documented to support WAS up to the versions provided in the IBM Installation Manager repository. The frequency of the releases is different between CPS and WAS products: - every month for WebSphere Liberty - every quarter for traditional WebSphere Application Server - the time between 2 CPS releases varies a lot (see https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/related-information-ibm-cloud-pak-system-releases), but, since v2.3.0.0 it was between 3 months and 10 months. Moreover, because WAS pattern types versions are dependent on the CPS version, you need to first upgrade CPS, which requires SWAT team involvement, before upgrading the WAS pattern type, which is causing delays before implementing the latest versions of WAS. Shorter cycles for WAS pattern type and repository content releases would help customers to stay up to date on WebSphere Application Server releases and fix packs, especially regarding security fixes. We would like IBM to decouple the release cycle of the WAS pattern type from CPS release cycle and have more frequent updates of the WAS pattern type and repository content.
Idea priority High