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Component Pack for IBM Connections 6.0 CR1 has been released

I happy to announce that we have released the Component Pack for IBM Connections 6.0 CR1. What is this component pack? It is a package of multiple components based on the Pink technology. It does not only contain OM, but also the IBM Connections Customizer as well as the new elastic search component, that will allow you to get rid of the Cognos Servers for Metrics and use the new Metrics instead. What is the Connections Customizer? The Connections Customizer is a component that allows you do all of your Connections customizations on this Proxy between your users and your Connections system without having to alter the actual server.

So we are doing the next step in our transition to Pink. If you did not have a look at the Pink components, yet, because Orient Me was not enough of a reason to do so for you, then now is the time to rethink!

So in a nutshell, what’s new?

    • appregistry-service
    • appregistry-client
    • community-suggestions
    • containerized metrics (replacing Cognos-based metrics app)
    • customizer
    • elasticsearch
    • middleware-jq
    • people-idmapping
    • user-prefsNew components:
  • Firewall support
  • Docker now configured with devicemapper storage
  • Installation using helm charts for all components.
  • Artifacts now deployed to a namespace.
  • Starter Stack – deploy only the components you want.
  • Additional uninstall thoroughness options (clean, cleaner, cleanest)
  • Enhanced deployment environment validation
  • Deployment proxy support
  • SELinux support
  • Automatic enablement of Redis traffic to the Orient Me home page

You will need to apply the latest patches to your Connections 6.0 CR1 system using the updated updateinstaller. And of course you will need the Component Pack

You can find the installation instructions as always in the Knowledge Center.

To get an overview of what you can do with the Customizer, have a look at these youtube videos!



  1. Richard Dew Richard Dew

    Hi Martti,

    Do you know if you deploy the minimum 7 servers for an enterprise deployment will you then in the future have to add more servers as the apps are then migrated over? Or will the deployment of the 7 servers be enough to then hold all of Connections Pink once it is moved over?

    • Martti Garden Martti Garden

      Hi Richard,

      I honestly do not know. I hope so, but I am not able to foresee how the performance of the future components will affect the sizing. Generally the plan is of course to save a lot of computing power by reusing everything in this microservices architecture.

      • Richard Dew Richard Dew

        It is all very interesting I am wondering if this is going to be like the medium deployment that you can currently complete with WebSphere and if for SMBs a high speced duel server deployment is going to work?

        • Martti Garden Martti Garden

          For my demo environments I always only deploy OM in a single server. So you will likely be able to scale up and down serverwise as well as application / pod-wise of course. Not sure though, if we will have those clusters for applicationgroups again, as they are all pods now and can be started and shut down as needed within seconds. šŸ˜‰

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