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IBM Delivers Version 5 of WebSphere

IBM Delivers Version 5 of WebSphere

(November 26, 2002) - The newly released version of IBM's WebSphere infrastructure software is squarely aimed at the requirements of on-demand e-business. IBM WebSphere Application Server, Version 5, and its development environment, WebSphere Studio, Version 5, provide the standards-based infrastructure to integrate business processes across the enterprise and with partners, suppliers and customers. IBM WebSphere Version 5 is J2EE 1.3-certified, and is J2EE 1.4-ready since it supports the majority of technologies that will be part of future releases of J2EE.

WebSphere will serve as the underlying universal platform for all of IBM's on-demand software, tightly integrating with DB2, Tivoli, and Lotus. Version 5 includes the industry's broadest support for Web services standards. WebSphere enables any application in the network - from Macromedia ColdFusion applications to new Java applications to legacy COBOL assets - to be easily generated as Web services.

WebSphere offers new autonomic features that enable on-demand e-businesses to lower the cost of administration and improve response time by creating a reliable and self-managed infrastructure. These autonomic features also lay the foundation for grid computing. The new features include:

  • Self-configuring features to boost responsiveness: WebSphere automatically tunes itself for the best performance, and can tune specific applications based on how they are being used.

  • Self-healing, to build resiliency: WebSphere can intelligently analyze problematic patterns that indicate future glitches. WebSphere can even repair components while handling workload, and can interrupt or restart the application without human intervention.

  • Self-optimizing, to anticipate customer demand: WebSphere enables customers to give prioritized levels of service to top clients. It also restricts the amount of bandwidth a particular application or request can utilize.

  • Self-protecting, to guarantee security: Where sites are subject to intrusion attempts, WebSphere acts like a circuit breaker to prevent a single point of failure from affecting applications that require high availability. WebSphere screens out faulty requests, analyzes vulnerability, and assesses damage that may occur.

    WebSphere supports two new Web services technologies developed by IBM and donated to the open source community: Web Services Invocation Framework (WSIF), a technology for developing Web services across a variety of network and transport protocols; and Axis 3.0, a technology that processes Web services SOAP requests three to four times faster than is currently possible.

    WebSphere Application Server Version 5 will be available for download on November 26, 2002. Prices start at $8,000 (single server configuration) or $12,000 (to support networked features such as clustering and failover). Both prices are per processor. To download a trial version, go to www.ibm.com/websphere/v5

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    Frank 11/28/02 01:20:00 AM EST

    Because IBM's WebSphere and JBoss may look similar from a high level, but get inside WebSphere, see how IBM has tuned it, and you are way off. JBoss doesn't even compare. The proof is in the numbers. If JBoss delivers on all the features WebSphere and other commercial app servers do, why do the commercial app server vendors' market shares dwarf those of the likes of JBoss? Believe me, I am an open source fan, but open source isn't the end-all, be-all answer for every aspect of application development. I love and use open source like Log4J, Ant, and JUnit, but when it comes to a choice of a platform to support the enterprise, commercial vendors have more to offer. Sorry, I don't think IBM has much to worry about.

    joe 11/26/02 03:12:00 AM EST

    Gee - $8,000 and up and JBoss gives all this away for free...