New enhancements for cloud and Docker containers

The HCL Workload Automation product component containers have been updated with a number of new features.

The product component containers available on Google GKE, Amazon EKS, Azure AKS, Red Hat OpenShift, and the Docker containers have been updated to include the following new features:
  • Import and deploy HCL Workload Automation for Z containers on IBM z/OS Container Extensions (IBM zCX). For details about how to configure the required properties on the z/OS Management Facility and how to import and deploy the HCL Workload Automation for Z containers, see Deploying Docker containers on IBM zCX.
  • Additional metrics are monitored by Prometheus and made available in the preconfigured Grafana dashboards available on Automation Hub. Automation Hub gives you access to the downloadable JSON file on the Grafana web site. You can access the preconfigured dashboard named, Grafana Dashboard: Kubernetes Environments, that is available for cluster monitoring, including monitoring pods. A separate preconfigured dashboard, Grafana Dashboard: Distributed Environments, is available for on-premises deployments, including Docker deployments. Gain insights on workload statistics (jobs per status, total count or grouped by folder or by workstation), critical job information (risk level, confidence factor, incomplete predecessors, estimated end), workstation status (running, linked), database connection status, message queues, and WebSphere Application Server Liberty Base performance statistics. For more information about configuring authentication and the list of exposed metrics, see Monitoring with Prometheus.
  • Automation Hub integrations (plug-ins) can now be automatically installed with the server and console container deployment. You no longer need to download the integrations you need individually from Automation Hub. To automate your business processes, you can now select the integrations you want to include and after the deployment, you can begin to include jobs related to these integrations into your workload.
  • New procedure for installing custom integrations. In addition to the integrations available on Automation Hub, you can this extend your library of integrations with custom plug-ins that you create. For information about creating custom plug-ins see Workload Automation Lutist Development Kit on Automation Hub.

For more information see the readme files linked in the related section for each cloud provider in Deploying with containers.