So much interesting activity going on around the IBM/HCL products so in case you missed them I thought I could summarise for you. All are worthy of your time if you care about the future of Domino, Traveler, Verse or Sametime
Firstly – no time to lose – the registration for Beta 2 of Domino , Notes and Traveler closes TODAY at 12pm EST/5pm GMT. If you want access to that Beta due this month hopefully then go and sign up here now https://www.ibm.com/blogs/collaboration-solutions/2018/06/11/announcing-ibm-domino-v10-portfolio-beta-program-sign-today/. Don’t leave it then be disappointed when you don’t get access.
If you have ideas for what you want in Domino, Notes, Traveler, Sametime or anything else – there is a new site (requiring no login) where you can add your ideas and vote on other people’s. It’s been running for a few weeks and there are some great ideas there already to vote for so it’s a good place to browse during your next coffee break. Remember the rule – if you don’t ask you don’t get https://domino.ideas.aha.io/ideas
HCL are publishing a series of videos showing how features that are in v10 will behave. Here are three interesting features announced so far.
Next up in “cool admin things coming your way in v10” – folder syncing. By selecting a folder on a cluster instance you can tell the server to keep that folder in sync across the entire cluster. The folder can contain database files (NSFs and NTFs) but also NLOs.
Well that’s just dumb Gab.. NLOs are encrypted by the server ID so they can’t be synced across clustermates but a-ha! HCL are way ahead of you. The NLO sync involves the source server decrypting the NLO before syncing it to the destination where it re-encrypts it before saving.
So no more making sure databases are replicated to every instance in a cluster. No more creating mass replicas when adding a new server to the cluster or building a new server and no more worrying about missing NLOs if you copy over a DAOS enabled database and not its associated NLO files.
If you follow this blog you know that v10 of Domino, Sametime, Verse on Premises, Traveler etc are all due out this year and I want to do some – very short – blog pieces talking about new features and what my use case would be for them.
So let’s start with FILE REPAIR (or whatever it’s going to be called)
The File Repair feature for Domino v10 is designed to auto repair any corrupted databases in a cluster. Should Domino detect a corruption on any of its databases that are clustered, it automatically removes the corrupted instance and pulls a new instance from a good cluster mate. Best of all this happens super fast, doesn’t use regular replication to repopulate, doesn’t require downtime and the cluster manager is fully aware of the database availability throughout.
I can think of plenty of instances where I have had a corrupted database that I can’t replace or fix without server downtime. No more, and another good reason to cluster your servers.
In this 5th episode of my #Perfect10 webcast I look at how to identify any performance issues in your Domino environment prior to upgrade. Assuming most people will be doing an in place upgrade, we want to resolve or at minimum document any existing issues before starting
On today’s #Perfect10 webcast I show how to audit and analyse your Notes client installs in preparation for the v10 upgrade later this year. Understanding how many clients you have active , what versions they are running, how they are installed and on what platforms is going to be a significant part of your upgrade planning.
In today’s edition of my #Perfect10 webcast I discuss some steps in finding your Domino servers, reviewing their dependencies and auditing database access. This is a 15 minute presentation which I’ve tried just as slides with my voice instead of video.
As always please let me know what you think and anything else you would find useful.
Next Up: Are you ready – Traveler, Sametime and Web Mail
Yesterday IBM and HCL hosted a call introducing some of the changes on the way with Domino, Sametime, VOP, etc, as a result of the worldwide Domino Jam sessions they have been running this year. I attended an earlier Domino Jam in London in January which was jointly hosted by IBM and HCL and was very pleasantly surprised by how receptive they were to really unusual ideas as well as honest criticism so I was looking forward to hearing the results.
To start with it’s worth knowing that the strategy is continually evolving, what we were told about and what HCL are committing to is just a first step on a multi-year multi-release journey and that’s good news.
- Modern development tools and frameworks
- Easier and extended authentication and admin options *
- Core performance improvements *
- Slimmer, faster, better looking Client *
- Adding mail and calendar features
- Improved integration for mail and productivity with Microsoft Office
The items with asterisks were those I certainly raised (ok, went on and on about) during the Domino Jam and it’s great to see others did too and pushed them onto the priority list. I was also pleased to hear them talk about Domino as the original NoSQL database server which it was and remains – I honestly believe customers need to be reminded that before NoSQL was what everyone was doing, Domino was doing NoSQL 🙂
The application development innovations include support for Node.js integration and the ability to deploy applications on an iPad – we saw some code but it’s early days for a release due in Q4 and involving such huge amounts of work. There was a definite amount of “teasering” (made up word) going on and a promise of hands-on access to beta code at Think in a few weeks as well as at user groups like SNOUG (in Switzerland), Engage (in Rotterdam) and Collabsphere (in Ann Arbor). If you can make it to Think there’s going to be a lot to hear about and get your hands on, but if you can’t then there will be continual opportunities throughout the year before everything hopefully ships in Q4.
One very interesting thing that came out is that a lot of enhancements were already developed by IBM but never released into the product (for whatever reason) and HCL have been able to use those to leapfrog forwards. Things coming to v10 of Domino include:
- automated database repair (fixup is nice but wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to do that at all)
- removal of the 64GB limit and a new 256GB limit (which suggests a lot of efficiencies in database structure)
- investment in Domino docker images to be made available with installs
- update of SAML (to SAML 4) and improved integration with AD
Obviously this isn’t everything, there are more things appearing every day and much is still under NDA but we’re months away from release and there’s a feeling of a team pushing hard and breaking through old models and definitions to modernise and breathe oxygen into these products.
I have always believed that Domino is the best NoSQL database server and mail server out there and it seems HCL believe that too and are going full out to prove it. Not to mention some of the most exciting stuff being produced is in the area of application development which I’m not best to comment on but still like what I am hearing.
If you were on the fence about attending Think I would suggest climbing off it – not just so you can benefit from learning whilst there but to grab the multiple opportunities to feed back your own ideas. There are people behind these products who want to hear them. If you can’t make Think then sign up for whatever user groups you can. I will be doing the same.