Notes/Domino roadmap slips out

Even though IBM’s Lotus won’t send Notes/Domino 8 out for public beta until next month, the company is planning the next versions of the platform that will focus on the server and bring such changes as 64-bit support, and new directory and authentication options.

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Even though IBM’s Lotus won’t send Notes/Domino 8 out for public beta until next month, the company is planning the next versions of the platform that will focus on the server and bring such changes as 64-bit support, and new directory and authentication options.

The roadmap, which began slipping out at this week’s Lotusphere conference, shows IBM’s newly cemented commitment to its Notes/Domino platform and reinforces the demise of the ill-fated Workplace platform introduced some four years ago.

While Notes/Domino 8 is all about the client, the first maintenance release and the next major version beyond that will concentrate on the server, as IBM settles into a cycle of 12-to-18 months for major releases.

However, users won’t have to wait that long for a 64-bit version of Domino server. That capability will come in Notes/Domino 8.0.1, the first maintenance release of the platform – which will ship sometime after the planned mid-year release of Notes/Domino 8.

Also slated for that release is compliance for Notes mail with Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 140, a US federal standard that specifies security requirements for cryptography modules. In the maintenance release, IBM also plans to support its Notes-on-stick feature, which lets users carry around their entire Notes desktop on a removable storage device. But it is the next major version – dubbed “Next” but slated to be called Notes/Domino 9, barring legal hurdles – will be designed to bring infrastructure architects more flexibility in how they deploy and support Domino.

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