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TIER Advancing Container Packages

Apr 16, 2018, by Bill Kaufman
Tags: Recent Posts, TIER, TIER Software, Trust & Identity, Trust and Identity in Education and Research

TIER - A Springboard for Campus IAM Initiatives - diagram

TIER – A Springboard for Campus IAM Initiatives (Click for larger version)

New and updated containers have been released for three of the four main TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research) components. The TIER Packaging Working Group and TIER developers and architects have now released containerized version of Shibboleth (v3.3.1), Grouper (v2.3.0), and COmanage (v3.1.0). The working group is also working to release a container for midPoint.

The container approach simplifies installation and the software is configured to work well with the InCommon Federation. This packaging decision addresses identified campus pain points and barriers involved in installing, deploying, and operating these key identity and access management components.

Recent refinements include continued improvements in ease of configuration and a more seamless upgrade path. The components are also moving to an automated upgrade process using the DevOps approach.

Architects continue to work on the process to automate the maintenance and upgrades of the containers, making things simpler for campuses and other deployers. More information about the Docker containers used in this process is available on the wiki.