reference deployment

IBM FileNet Content Manager on AWS

Content services with management, governance, and analytics capabilities

This Quick Start automatically deploys a production-ready instance of IBM FileNet Content Manager on the AWS Cloud into a virtual private cloud (VPC) that spans multiple Availability Zones. It uses Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), and AWS CloudFormation to launch Kubernetes and IBM FileNet Content Manager for a container environment.

FileNet Content Manager enables you to create business apps with embedded content services, including content governance and lifecycle management, external file sharing, content collaboration, and video streaming.

This deployment uses the Amazon EKS Architecture Quick Start as a foundation for a fully managed and certified Kubernetes-conformant control plane for FileNet Content Manager.

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This Quick Start was developed by IBM, in collaboration with AWS. IBM is an
APN Partner.

  •  What you'll build
  •  How to deploy
  •  Cost and licenses
  •  What you'll build
  • The Quick Start sets up the following:

    • A highly available architecture that spans multiple Availability Zones.
    • A VPC configured with public and private subnets, according to AWS best practices, to provide you with your own virtual network on AWS.
    • In the public subnets:
      • Managed network address translation (NAT) gateways to allow outbound internet access for resources in the private subnets.
      • A Linux bastion host in an Auto Scaling group to allow inbound Secure Shell (SSH) access to EC2 instances in public and private subnets.
      • A Remote Desktop Gateway host in an Auto Scaling group to provide secure remote access to instances in the private subnets.
    • In the private subnets:
      • Active Directory domain controllers for Microsoft Active Directory deployed in two Availability Zones/private subnets for redundancy. The Active Directory service is used to provide Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) services for the FileNet Content Manager components.
      • Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) for Oracle as the database for IBM FileNet Content Manager.
      • FileNet Content Manager containers in an Amazon EKS cluster.
    • Amazon EFS, used as the underlying network file system, for configuration and content storage.
  •  How to deploy
  • To deploy IBM FileNet Content Manager on AWS, follow the instructions in the deployment guide. The deployment process takes about 2 hours and includes these steps:

    1. If you don't already have an AWS account, sign up at, and sign in to your account.
    2. Obtain an IBM FileNet Content Manager license from Passport Advantage or an IBM representative. You also need to provide an entitlement key to download the FileNet Content Manager containers. You can obtain a key from the Container Software Library.
    3. Download the Oracle SQL client and Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) driver files
    4. Launch the Quick Start
    5. Test the deployment by creating URLs for IBM Content Platform Engine and Content Navigator, and then logging in.

    Amazon may share user-deployment information with the AWS Partner that collaborated with AWS on the Quick Start.  

  •  Cost and licenses
  • You are responsible for the cost of the AWS services used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. There is no additional cost for using the Quick Start.

    The AWS CloudFormation template for this Quick Start includes configuration parameters that you can customize. Some of these settings, such as instance type, will affect the cost of deployment. For cost estimates, see the pricing pages for each AWS service you will be using. Prices are subject to change.

    Tip     After you deploy the Quick Start, we recommend that you enable the AWS Cost and Usage Report to track costs associated with the Quick Start. This report delivers billing metrics to an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket in your account. It provides cost estimates based on usage throughout each month, and finalizes the data at the end of the month. For more information about the report, see the AWS documentation.

    This Quick Start requires licenses for IBM FileNet Content Manager.

    You must also provide an entitlement key in order to download the FileNet Content Manager containers. Obtain a key from the Container Software Library.

    The Quick Start templates provision an Oracle database instance using the License Included service model. Information about the costs associated with this service model is available at Oracle Licensing Considerations.