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IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.0 offers world-class IBM support to build and deploy Java applications

IBM United States Software Announcement 207-211
September 25, 2007

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Product positioning
TOC link Overview TOC link Publications
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Reference information
TOC link Availability date TOC link Offering information
TOC link Description TOC link IBM Electronic Services
 
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At a glance

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.0, the IBM open source-based application server, offers these key benefits:

  • Full support of the Java Extended Edition (Java EE) 5 standard
  • Access to world-class IBM support and expertise for open-source
  • Latest innovations and technologies by the Apache community
  • Accelerated development with the pre-integrated set of services needed for the project
  • Value-add application code for developers to focus on instead of infrastructure code
  • Free application server download that eliminates funding approval for tactical projects
  • Reduction of project costs by ensuring project viability
  • Migration to the extended WebSphere Application Server software family as needs grow

 
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Overview

WebSphere® Application Server Community Edition V2.0 is the IBM open source-based application server that supports the full Java™ Extended Edition (Java EE) 5 standard. Built on Apache Geronimo and integrated with best-of-breed open source technology such as Apache Tomcat, Eclipse, and Apache Derby, the application server is available at no charge and backed by world-class support options from IBM. The flexible remote support options allow you to purchase the right level of support to meet your individual needs.

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition is suitable for organizations that are looking:

  • To reduce costs of tactical deployments
  • At open source solutions for quick, frictionless access to application server technology with no upfront costs
  • For a trusted vendor to provide reliable support and an upgrade path to more advanced capabilities as needed

Developers using WebSphere Application Server Community Edition already benefit from its pre-integrated and tested set of services needed to extend the functionality of Apache Tomcat. With the addition of Java EE 5 support, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.0 can further simplify development efforts with Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.0, a new Java Persistence API, and annotations. This can translate to reduced costs, code reusability, leveraging of existing assets, and increased IT responsiveness to business needs.

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Key prerequisites

For details, refer to the Offering information section.
 
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Availability date

September 25, 2007
 
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Description

Key features of WebSphere Application Server Community Edition include:

  • Java EE 5-compatible (with support for IBM and Sun Java Development Kit (JDKs))
  • Support for IBM JDK 5.0, to permit use of Java 5 language innovations
  • Extensive platform support including 64-bit JDK exploitation on Linux™ x86-64 bit architectures
  • Integration with Apache Tomcat for a broader framework to run Apache Tomcat applications
  • Plug-in architecture that supports extending the functionality of the server with Apache Geronimo and WebSphere Application Server Community Edition plug-ins
  • Web tier clustering and load balancing support to seamlessly improve reliability of your applications
  • Flexible deployment capabilities, including support for redeploying applications through the console and command line, hot deploy for compressed Java Archives (JARs), and in-place deployment for Java Enterprise Edition applications
  • Compatibility with Spring, Hibernate, and Struts
  • Integrated Apache Derby database for supported use in development and production
  • Database support for DB2®, Oracle, Microsoft™ SQL Server, and MySQL
  • Run-time customization allowing selective loading of only the server components your application requires, saving resources and improving performance
  • User management and security to simplify the task of securing your applications and managing user access
  • Centralized configuration and control through administrative console including certificate management, Java Message Service (JMS), DB connection, logging, Lightweight Directory Protocol (LDAP) login, server status, deploy page, and many usability enhancements
  • Convenient access to product binaries, source code, and changes

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.0 delivers several enhancements, including:

JAVA EE 5 certification

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.0 is designed to simplify and accelerate application development by providing the latest Java EE technologies. EJB 3.0, the new Java Persistence API 1.0, JavaServer Faces 1.2, and numerous other technologies in the Java EE 5 specification all help reduce development costs by simplifying development of Java EE-based applications. Consistent use of Java annotations in place of deployment descriptors also makes Java EE applications written with WebSphere Application Server Community Edition more portable. Increased ease of use of the Web services technologies in Java EE 5 helps organizations enable service for their applications to leverage existing assets.

Community innovation through Apache Geronimo

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition uses technology from Apache Geronimo, the open-source application server project at the Apache Software Foundation. Apache Geronimo brings together best-of-breed technologies across the broader open source community to support Java EE specifications, including:

  • Apache Tomcat to support servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSP)
  • OpenEJB to support EJB
  • OpenJPA to support the Java Persistence API (JPA), new to the Java EE 5 specification
  • Apache MyFaces to support JavaServer Faces
  • ActiveMQ to support JMS
  • MX4J to support Java Management Extensions (JMX)
  • TranQL to support Java Database Connectivity (JDBC)
  • Apache Axis 2 to support Web services
  • HOWL (ObjectWeb) to support Java Transaction API (JTA)

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition supports the Java EE 5.0 specification in conjunction with the JDK 5.0. Sun JDK software is also supported.

Web tier clustering and load balancing

Web tier clustering can improve reliability for the types of applications you write most often. This clustering enables you to scale and customize (up or down) according to business needs. Load balancing can be achieved when used in conjunction with the Apache HTTP Server and mod_jk.

Clear path to advanced capabilities

Your investment in WebSphere Application Server Community Edition increases in value over time as the open-source community continues to mature and innovate. Also, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition gives you access to the comprehensive and proven portfolio of WebSphere middleware products. As your needs grow over time, IBM can provide a clear path to advanced capabilities such as service-oriented architecture (SOA) through WebSphere Application Server configurations.

Integrated to help save you time and money

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition includes the baseline components you need to deploy an application in one integrated package. To help ensure that the components work together, IBM continually tests and tracks the interdependencies between them. This eliminates the need for you to undertake this tedious and time-consuming task. The open source Apache Derby database is also integrated with WebSphere Application Server Community Edition for a full-featured, robust, small-footprint database server that you can use during development and deployment.

Database support

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition comes integrated with the open source Apache Derby database software. Apache Derby delivers a robust, small-footprint database server with full transactional capability that is simple to deploy and helps reduce the cost of Web-based and embedded applications. This integration helps save time, effort, and money because you do not have to select, pay for, install, and configure a database for applications that run on WebSphere Application Server Community Edition. For external database access, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition also provides driver support for DB2 Universal Database®, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and MySQL.

Run-time customization

Tailor the application server to your needs and improve performance while saving system resources. You can selectively enable and disable specific components of WebSphere Application Server Community Edition at run time to improve efficiencies.

User management

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition features centralized user management by unifying all applications running on the platform under a shared, standards-based security framework based on Java Authorization Contract for Containers (JACC). This capability virtually eliminates the complexity of setting up and maintaining separate user-management systems for your applications. WebSphere Application Server Community Edition also supports LDAP authentication against directory servers.

Centralized configuration and control

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition delivers an easy-to-use administrative-console application that lets you manage and monitor the application server and related resources. The updated console in V1.1 is even easier to use and provides more valuable information for monitoring your server and your applications.

Liberal product license

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, released under the IBM License Agreement for Non-Warranted Programs (ILAN), can be used at no charge in development, testing, and production. You can make unlimited copies of the software for internal use. And because WebSphere Application Server Community Edition uses open-source technology as its underlying foundation, you have the freedom to obtain the source for these open-source components. Should the need arise, the ILAN allows you to make modifications to these open-source components, and use the modified components with your internal use of the WebSphere Application Server Community Edition.

Convenient access to code

The product binaries are available on the IBM Web site. Links to the source code for the open source components of the product are available from the IBM Web site. You can choose to selectively install specific components, such as JDK. A wizard-driven installation application guides you through the installation. For more information visit


 
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Product positioning

The WebSphere Application Server family offers multiple configuration options and support for multiple business models and deployment platforms. In this way, the WebSphere Application Server family supports a wide range of scenarios, from open-source projects with no upfront budget, to simple administration of a single server environment, to a clustered, highly available, high-volume environment with edge-of-network services.

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.0 is the IBM open source-based application server which supports the full Java EE 5 standard — the first in the family to do so. Built on Apache Geronimo and integrated with best-of-breed open source technology such as Apache Tomcat, Eclipse, and Apache Derby, the application server is available at no charge and backed by world-class support options from IBM. The flexible remote options allow you to purchase the right level of support to meet your individual needs.

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition is suitable for organizations looking to reduce costs of tactical deployments, those looking at open source solutions for quick, frictionless access to application server technology with no upfront costs, and those looking for a trusted vendor to provide reliable support and an upgrade path to more advanced capabilities as needed.

Developers using WebSphere Application Server Community Edition already benefit from its pre-integrated, tested set of services needed to extend the functionality of Apache Tomcat. With the addition of Java EE 5 support, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.0 is designed to further simplify development by providing a host of technologies including EJB 3.0, new Java Persistence API, and annotations to improve developer productivity. This can translate to reduced costs, code reusability, leveraging of existing assets, and increased IT responsiveness to business needs.

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition focuses on organizations, which are interested in an offering that blends the best of open source with the stability and usability of commercial features and support.

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition may be the right configuration if you:

  • Have considerable Java skills in-house or access to Java skills through trusted partners
  • Need quick, frictionless access to application server technology with no upfront costs
  • Need a highly customizable application server that can be tailored to the specific needs of your particular project
  • Need a small footprint application server that can be easily embedded for client solutions

Complementing WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, other WebSphere Application Server configurations are built on a common server foundation that delivers the full Java EE 5 programming model (plus extensions) and a core set of application server function. This common codebase across the other WebSphere Application Server configurations offers unparalleled flexibility to develop applications without the cost of "re-architecting." Other WebSphere Application Server configurations include:

WebSphere Application Server — Express

Designed to meet the unique needs of small and medium-sized companies, WebSphere Application Server — Express combines the power and function of the J2EE 1.4 programming model with easy-to-use, visual application development tools (with IBM Rational® Web Developer integrated in the package), integrated applications, wizards, and samples to help you get up and running quickly.

WebSphere Application Server

Optimized to ease administration in a scalable, single-server deployment environment, this core J2EE 1.4 configuration delivers a secure, high-performance transaction engine for businesses that need to build, run, and manage stand-alone departmental applications.

WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment

For enterprises that need advanced management, high availability and automated performance optimization for their mission-critical applications, WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment delivers an environment that is dynamically scalable, easily managed, and offers near continuous uptime for applications.

For more information on WebSphere Application Server configuration options, visit


 
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Publications

Product documentation for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V2.0 in HTML format is available at

Topics covered include:

  • Quick start
  • Concepts
  • Tasks
  • Reference
  • Frequently asked questions

Product documentation is available in English.

Product documentation translated to Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Russian will be available October 31, 2007.
 
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Reference information

For information on WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.1, refer to 206-229 , dated September 19, 2006.

For information on WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.0.1, refer to 206-070 , dated April 4, 2006.

For information on WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.0, refer to 205-295 , dated November 15, 2005.

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 207-211

Trademarks

 
WebSphere, DB2, DB2 Universal Database, and Rational are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
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Offering information

Product information is available at

For information on hardware and software requirements for WebSphere® Application Server Community Edition, visit

To download the product, visit

For WebSphere Application Server Community Edition Resources on developerWorks™, visit

To purchase remote telephone and electronic support for the product, visit

To find out more information about services available for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, visit


 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit

Trademarks

 
developerWorks and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
WebSphere is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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