TIER Reference Implementations are designed to enable rapid evaluation of a component or set of interconnected components and provide a starting point for a full campus deployment. Reference Implementations are developed for Docker Swarm but dependencies are minimized within the containers in order to facilitate the use of other container orchestration mechanisms.
Like the other TIER distributions for larger production environments, the TIER Grouper solution will be built using Docker Swarm mode. TIER will provide generic instructions and pointers on setting up the Docker environment for this solution but will not provide a pre-built virtual machine. Schools needing a vm-based solution should focus on the TIER Grouper Appliance instead. This deployment specification may be implemented in stages and all requested functions may not be available in the initial release.