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General availability: Enabling Load Balancing for IBM WebSphere on Azure Virtual Machines

Published date: September 01, 2021

IBM WebSphere on Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) is part of a collaboration between IBM and Microsoft to enable the WebSphere product portfolio on Azure. The partnership aims to cover a range of use cases from mission critical existing traditional workloads to cloud-native applications. Offers target Open Liberty/WebSphere Liberty on Azure Red Hat OpenShift (ARO), WebSphere Application Server on Virtual Machines, and Open Liberty/WebSphere Liberty on the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

As part of the partnership, we released an initial version of the solution to run WebSphere Application Server on Azure VMs in May. We previously released guidance for running WebSphere Liberty and Open Liberty on ARO. We also released guidance for running WebSphere Liberty and Open Liberty on AKS.

Utilizing the current release, you can easily set up a fully functional n-node WebSphere cluster including the Deployment Manager, Console, and the IBM HTTP Server on Azure VMs. The solution supports WebSphere 9.0.5 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.3.

The solution enables a variety of robust production-ready deployment architectures. Once the initial provisioning is completed by the solution, you are free to further customize the deployment including integrating with more Azure services. You are encouraged to evaluate the solution for full production usage, provide feedback, and engage the team developing these solutions.

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