Today, Adobe announced a very interesting partnership with IBM/Redhat that has some very interesting connotations for the future.
Most of the announcements that Adobe detailed in this blog post were general in nature, but one of them stuck out considerably:
Adobe, IBM and Red Hat aim to enable brands to manage and deliver their content and assets within any hybrid cloud environment – from multiple public clouds to on-premise data centers. By certifying and delivering Adobe Experience Manager 6.5, part of Adobe Experience Cloud, to run on Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s leading enterprise open source container platform, IBM will offer clients the flexibility to host, access and leverage data in an environment of their choice.
Go Full-Cloud or Double-Down on Self-Host?
So, this is the first public acknowledgement (or even indication) that Adobe has been putting engineering effort into continuing to support folks that are self-hosting AEM, either internally in their company, or via a managed AEM hosting provider. 100% of the marketing effort and conference circuit has been to support the launch of AEM as a Cloud Service, which while an absolutely exciting taste of the future, is very unfortunately not a product that a number customers I’ve spoken with over the last 6 months are able to seriously consider for a variety of reasons.
What Could AEM OpenShift (Kubernetes) Support Portend?
At this point in time, Adobe has not announced an AEM 6.6 version, nor any other version of on-premise AEM past AEM 22.214.171.124 (set to release in November). Interactions with Adobe employees has always indicated that there are no major feature enhancements planned for on-premise or self-managed AEM, with those engineering efforts all being directed at making AEM as a Cloud Service really roll.