IBM United States
Software Announcement 202-289
October 15, 2002

IBM WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager V4.2 Enables You to Extend Applications to Wireless Devices Over Multiple Networks

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(Corrected on October 31, 2002)

Corrections were made to the At A Glance, Description, and Technical Information sections of this announcement for technical clarification purposes.

At a Glance

WebSphere® Everyplace™ Connection Manager (WECM) V4.2, offers:

  • Seamless cross network roaming — uninterrupted connectivity to critical applications
  • Network choice — a wide selection of wireless and wired network technologies
  • Worldwide scope — a wide range of connectivity options that are hardware vendor and media independent
  • High security — strong authentication and support for RSA SecurID enables a choice of encryption, including DES, Triple DES, RC5, and AES
  • End-to-end encryption of data from WECM over wireless networks and to mobile devices
  • Performance optimizations — helps reduce data transmission costs over wireless networks by providing efficient data compression, connectivity management, optimized session transports, and improved speed, reliability, and end user experiences
  • Scalability and reliability — supports gateway clustering, distribution across multiple sites, and High Availability Cluster Multiprocessing (HACMP) to provide 24 x 7 reliability
  • Support for multiple operating systems

Overview

WECM V4.2 allows enterprises to extend existing applications to mobile workers over many different wireless networks. WECM also allows service providers to provide multiple solutions to their customers.

WECM V4.2 renames and reprices IBM Everyplace Wireless Gateway V2.1. These actions simplify the pricing structure and help to more closely align this product with other offerings in the WebSphere Everyplace family of products. WECM V4.2 is functionally the same as Everyplace Wireless Gateway V2.1. Refer to the Statement of Direction in this announcement for information about planned enhancements for WECM.

WECM V4.2 is a distributed, scalable, multipurpose UNIX® communications platform that supports highly secure data access by both Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and non-WAP clients over a wide range of international wireless network technologies, as well as LAN and WAN wireline networks. It integrates the WAP V1.2.1 standard support as defined by the WAP Forum together with award-winning IBM wireless technology for supporting standard Internet Protocols (IP) efficiently and securely over both IP and non-IP wireless bearer networks.

WECM V4.2 includes a Secure Remote Access stack, Short Messaging Service (SMS), and a WAP stack. It integrates the supported international networks within a single UNIX gateway. Its ability to connect radio networks to wireline networks means that all supported devices, whether they be mobile or static, can access the network and applications via the same wireless gateway, regardless of the cellular or radio network.

Users with different application needs (based on transmission costs, coverage, or devices) can select the best wireless network for their situation. Mobile users can use wired networks as well, such as an ISP connection or an Ethernet in a hotel room, and have highly secure access through the gateway to their applications.

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Key Prerequisites

WECM requires:

  • Passport Advantage Agreement
  • AIX® V4.3.3 or V5.1, or Solaris V7 or V8
  • ODBC compliant relational database such as DB2® 7.1 or Oracle 8.1.5 or 8.1.6 (which requires Merant DataDirect Connect ODBC V3.6.0) or Oracle 8.1.7 (which requires Merant DataDirect Connect ODBC V3.7.0)
  • LDAP database, both server and client (SecureWay® Directory Server V3.2 or later, or Netscape 4.1.x.)
  • HTTP Proxy Server (if using WAP function)

Planned Availability Dates

  • Passport Electronic Download (Multilingual): October 25, 2002
  • Passport Media Pack on CD-ROM (Multilingual): November 25, 2002

Description

WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager (WECM) V4.2 replaces and reprices IBM Everyplace Wireless Gateway V2.1. WECM V4.2 is functionally the same as Everyplace Wireless Gateway V2.1. Refer to the Statement of Direction in this announcement for information about future releases of WECM.

WECM V4.2 provides a standard communications interface (TCP/IP) to a variety of wireless, dial-up, and LANs with data optimization and security. The wireless client component of WECM provides an optimized and secure IP tunnel for communication through a variety of wireless and wireline networks.

WECM V4.2 supports multiple platforms, including:

  • IBM AIX V4.3.3 or V5.1
  • Solaris V7 or V8
  • Windows® XP, Windows CE (Handheld PC Professional, Handheld PC 2000, Pocket PC 2000, and Pocket PC 2002)
  • Windows ME and embedded QNX/Neutrino
  • Palm OS 3.5 or 4.0
  • Clients using Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, ME, or XP

The key components of WECM V4.2 are the Wireless Gateway, the Wireless Gatekeeper, and the Wireless Client.

Wireless Gateway

The Wireless Gateway component of WECM V4.2 integrates data access from wireless and wireline networks so that applications and data can be made available to mobile users. Existing application programs using a TCP/IP interface may use either wireless networks or wireline networks. Using TCP/IP integrates communication under a common interface layer that shields network-specific details from the user application and provides network-specific enhancements such as data compression, data encryption, data optimization, and authentication.

Functions that address the mobile and wireless environment include:

  • Network-specific enhancements such as IP tunneling through non-IP wireless networks
  • Header reduction
  • IP data compression and filtering
  • Data encryption for privacy
  • Bi-directional authentication of both the client and the gateway
  • TCP protocol optimization for network latency
  • Dynamic connection suspend/resume for reducing connect time charges and recovery from inadvertently dropped connections
  • A rich set of diagnostic, logging, accounting and management functions

WECM supports a wide range of wireless and wireline networks, including cellular, public and private packet radio networks, satellite networks, internet connections, dial and LAN connections.

When the Wireless Gateway is configured as a WAP gateway, it performs a protocol conversion to provide communication with WAP clients and HTTP Web servers. The WAP gateway listens for data and messages arriving from WAP clients and translates the Wireless Session Protocol (WSP) requests into HTTP requests that are forwarded to an HTTP proxy. The response headers are converted from HTTP into Wireless Session Protocol (WSP) response headers and the content is encoded from WML or WMLScript into binary XML (wbxml) and forwarded to the WAP client.

The WAP gateway support includes:

  • Compliance with the WAP V1.2.1 standard, as defined by the WAP Forum including the push proxy gateway capabilities.
  • Persistent storage of cookies on behalf of WAP clients.
  • Security features based on the WAP Wireless Transport Layer Security (WTLS) protocol between WAP clients and the WAP gateway. WTLS Class 1 and Class 2 levels are supported. A choice of encryption algorithms and key strengths for both key exchange and bulk encryption methods.
  • Secure HTTP (HTTPS) requests to Web servers using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) made on behalf of WAP clients, and a choice of encryption algorithms and key strengths for both key exchange and bulk encryption methods.
  • WAP user authentication integrated with a third party RADIUS server.
  • Integrates with third-party Network Access Servers such as Cisco to provide user and phone number identification to the gateway and upstream Web applications.
  • Interfaces to IP-capable networks such as Cellular Circuit-Switched Data and IP Packet based networks, as well as SMS network types, for example, SMS-SMPP and SMS-UCP.
  • Network Management of WAP Gateway via Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) standards.
  • Accounting records are stored in a ODBC relational database allowing external applications easy access to billing data.

The Wireless Gateway in WECM V4.2 can be configured to be a principal or subordinate node in a cluster of Wireless Gateways. In this manner the Wireless Gateway distributes and services communication requests and provides load-balancing efficiency. You

When the Wireless Gateway is configured to be a messaging gateway, it enables a Web application server to send messages to a client, such as a pager or a phone in a wireless network. In a WAP network, the messaging gateway is a push proxy gateway (PPG).

The messaging gateway supports several types of message modes: SMS, short message delivery over proprietary networks, WAP push, e-mail, and simple network paging protocol (SNPP). Examples of message operations include news, stock quotes, pager messages, broadcast messages, and notification of events such as e-mail arrival.

Wireless Gatekeeper

The Wireless Gatekeeper component of WECM V4.2 is an easy-to-use administrative interface that enables you to remotely define and manage any number of WECM Wireless Gateways from a variety of platforms, such as AIX, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT®, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP, Linux, and Solaris.

The Wireless Gatekeeper can help you to securely configure wireless gateways, register users and mobile devices, specify logging and tracing controls, and perform other administrative tasks. The administration and configuration data is stored in a centrally configured LDAP directory. Multiple Wireless Gatekeepers can be defined to flexibly distribute administrative permissions and responsibilities. If you use the Wireless Gateway exclusively to support WAP clients, you can configure the Wireless Gatekeeper to display only WAP-related resources, thereby simplifying the administration process.

Wireless Client

The Wireless Client in WECM is software that runs locally on mobile devices. The Wireless Client code:

  • Enables the interface to the wireless/wireline modems or adapters
  • Optimizes with security the applications' IP data communications
  • Implements dynamic connection suspend/resume
  • Provides a full function interface for starting and stopping communication with Wireless Gateway

After the authenticated network connection to the Gateway is made, the Gateway assigns the client IP address (intranet or Internet) and via the Wireless Client, the IP applications on the mobile device can run wirelessly using the standard TCP/IP provided by the operating system on the mobile device.

The functionality offered by the Wireless Client, in conjunction with the Wireless Gateway, enables improved performance and security. Since the Wireless Client is positioned below TCP/IP, network-specific details can be shielded from view inside a common interface layer. To the end user or application developer, or administrator, a radio network becomes just another network that does not require any specialized communication protocols or programming. Standard IP routing is supported, even over non-IP wireless bearer networks, permitting unbroken, end-to-end TCP sessions between applications on the mobile device and the application servers in the enterprise network.

The Wireless Client is supported for use on devices running Windows CE Handheld PC Pro, Windows CE Handheld PC 2000, Windows CE Pocket PC 2002, Palm OS 3.5 and 4.0, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows ME, and Windows XP.

Support for WAP Gateway

The Wireless Gateway, when configured as a WAP Gateway, provides connectivity for multi-vendor WAP 1.1 and WAP 1.2 client devices. WAP cell phones and WAP PDAs can connect to the WECM Wireless Gateway using a WAP microbrowser. The Wireless Gateway fully supports the WAP Wireless Session Protocol (WSP) to link the WAP microbrowser with connection-oriented and connectionless, security-enriched and non-secure, WAP services.

Support for Standard PPP clients

Another broad category of mobile client connectivity that is supported by WECM V4.2 is comprised of devices that can establish a Point to Point Protocol (PPP) connection to the gateway as the Network Access Server. For this PPP client support, no Wireless Client software needs to be present on the mobile device. With PPP connections, performance optimization is much less and security functionality is restricted to authentication (no encryption). With PPP connections, you will not receive the benefits of the Wireless Client such as data optimization.

Replacement for Everyplace Wireless Gateway

WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager is a replacement product for Everyplace Wireless Gateway V2.1. Customers who have Everyplace Wireless Gateway installed and whose Passport Advantage coverage period is still valid are eligible to receive WECM for no additional charge, according to the terms of their Passport Agreement. The Everyplace Wireless Gateway user licenses of each eligible customer will be converted to a quantity of WECM processor licenses equal to the number of processors on which Everyplace Wireless Gateway was installed.

New customers should purchase WECM V4.2 in a quantity equal to the number of processors on which they plan to use WECM V4.2.

Product Positioning

WECM V4.2 extends the IBM Application Framework for e-business and allows customers to extend their existing applications to the mobile portion of their workforce, over many different wireless networks, in an optimized manner that promotes security. This lets enterprise customers, suppliers, and employees conduct business virtually anywhere, anytime.

WECM can be used together with other products in the WebSphere Everyplace family to enable highly secure wireless access and e-business.

WECM V4.2 replaces Everyplace Wireless Gateway V2.1 and IBM intends to expand the capabilities of WECM in future releases.

Statement of Direction

It is IBM's current plan to expand the functionality of IBM WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager during the first half of 2003. The enhancements may include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Update the program code that so the new name, WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager, will be included throughout all parts of the program and the related documentation
  • Repackage the product so it can be purchased with or without the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) stack
  • Have a different price for each option
  • Change to portal-based user administration
  • Add support for selected Linux servers

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.

Reference Information

More information about mobile and wireless computing, wireless devices, and wireless e-business can be found on the IBM Pervasive Computing Division Web site at:

Refer to other IBM announcement letters for information about related products. Announcements can be found at:

For more information about Everyplace Wireless Gateway, refer to Software Announcement 201-196 , dated June 26, 2001 (IBM Everyplace Wireless Gateway V2.1).

Trademarks

 
Everyplace and IBMLink are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
WebSphere, AIX, DB2, and SecureWay are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Benefits

  • Companies can efficiently and in a more secure manner extend their e-business IP networks and applications out to mobile devices over wireless and wireline networks.
  • Companies can support multiple networks (both wired and wireless), which enables mobile users to use the network that meets their individual needs and cost objectives.
  • WECM supports applications using industry-standard sockets programming interface, so users do not need to learn special programming interfaces or proprietary tools and protocols. In effect, TCP/IP applications can run unchanged with wireless networks.
  • The comprehensive network access solution features bi-directional user and server authentication and data encryption for security.
  • WECM data compression and header reduction helps enable faster response times and lower data volumes over the network.
  • WECM automatically disconnects from connection-oriented dial networks during idle periods and reconnects for new data transmissions. This lowers connection fees and preserves a virtual connection when the physical connection is dropped accidentally or intentionally.
  • WECM provides its own Java™ user interface that enables easy setup and configuration across multiple platforms.

Offering Information

Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:

Publications

No printed publications are shipped with this program. All documentation is provided in softcopy form with the program code, and can be viewed or printed by the customer.

Technical Information

Hardware Requirements

The following is a minimum IBM eServer™ configuration for WECM V4.2:

  • IBM RS/6000® 7043-150 tower with 250 MHz 32-bit 604e processor
  • 128 MB memory
  • Minimum 9 GB internal disk storage

The following is a minimum WECM for Solaris configuration:

  • Ultra 10
  • 1 GB RAM
  • CD-ROM
  • Minimum 9 GB HDD

The Wireless Gatekeeper component requires:

  • On Intel® platforms, 400 MHz, or higher, Pentium® processor, and on RISC platforms, 250 MHz, or higher, processor
    • Minimum of 128 MB RAM
    • Minimum of 30 MB disk space

The Wireless Client requires:

  • WECM
  • A mobile computer with sufficient resources (processor speed, hard drive, and memory) to run the operating system, manage modem communications, and run your other applications.
  • A modem or interface adapter for your network provider

Wireless Client disk space requirements:

When you install the full Wireless Client image, it requires:

  • On Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT®, Windows 2000, Windows® ME, or Windows XP: 1 MB to 3 MB
  • On Windows CE: 1.5 MB

Software Requirements

WECM V4.2 should be installed on a new or overwrite AIX® installation. The following system software is required to use WECM:

  • IBM AIX V4.3.3 or IBM AIX V5.1 including:
    • AIXLink 1.1.3.0, or later (required only if using an X.25 adapter)
    • AIXlink/X.25 runtime environment
    • AIXlink/X.25 server support
    • AIXlink/X.25 NPI (network programming interface)
    • ODBC-compliant relational database such as DB2® 7.1, or Oracle 8.1.5 or 8.1.6 (which requires Merant DataDirect Connect ODBC V3.6.0, or Oracle) 8.1.7 (which requires Merant DataDirect Connect ODBC V3.7.0)
    • LDAP database, both server and client, (IBM SecureWay® Directory Server V3.2, or later) Netscape 4.1.X
    • HTTP Proxy Server (if using WAP function)

WECM software requirements for Sun Solaris:

  • Solaris V7 or V8
  • For X.25 support the following software is required: X.25 StreamSuite from Gcom, Inc. from:
  • ODBC-compliant relational database such as IBM DB2 7.1 or Oracle 8.1.5 or 8.1.6 (which requires Merant DataDirect Connect ODBC V3.6.0), or Oracle 8.1.7 (which requires Merant DataDirect Connect ODBC V3.7.0)
  • LDAP database, both server and client, (IBM SecureWay Directory Server V3.2, or later) Netscape 4.1.X
  • HTTP Proxy Server (if using WAP function)

WECM V4.2 Wireless Gatekeeper software requirements:

You can install the Wireless Gatekeeper component on any of the following operating systems with TCP/IP protocol installed:

  • IBM AIX V4.3.3 or IBM AIX V5.1
  • Microsoft™ Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows NT
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows ME
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Sun Solaris V7 or V8
  • A Linux distribution that comes with glibc2.1 or later; for example Red Hat Linux V6.0 or later. Download and install the Java runtime environment (JRE) 1.2.2_006 or later from:

    You can use a later 1.2 version of JRE, but do not use V1.3, or later, of the JRE.

WECM V4.2 Wireless Client software requirements:

You can install the Wireless Client on any of these operating systems with TCP/IP protocol installed:

  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Windows NT V4 with Service Pack 4, or later
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Support for Windows CE Handheld PC Pro, Handheld PC 2000, and Windows CE Pocket PC 2002
  • Support for Palm OS 3.5 and 4.0 client

Planning Information

Packaging: WECM V4.2 is available through Passport Advantage as an electronic download and also on CD-ROMs in a Passport Media Pack. All of the supported languages, including English, are in the same media pack. The language is selected at the time of installation and configuration.

In WECM V4.2 the previous product name, Everyplace™ Wireless Gateway, will still show in the product and in the documentation. The new name, WebSphere® Everyplace Connection Manager, will be incorporated in the next release.

Ordering Information

This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

  • Product Group: WebSphere Everyplace
  • Product Identifier Description (PID): 5724-D55
  • Product Category: WSEVPCNM

The charge structure for WECM V4.2 is based on a per processor one-time charge (OTC). Customers should order the applicable Passport part number in a quantity equal to the number of processors on which WECM will be used. The specific price each customer pays depends on the customer's entitled Passport Advantage level and discount percentage.

Customers who purchased Everyplace Wireless Gateway using Value Units will have their Everyplace Wireless Gateway user licenses converted to WECM processor licenses in a quantity equal to the number of processors on which they are using Everyplace Wireless Gateway. For specific information for your existing Everyplace Wireless Gateway environment or the conversion to processor licenses, contact your IBM Pervasive computing representative.

Passport Advantage

                              Part
Description                   Number
 
WebSphere Everyplace Connection
 Manager, V4.2
 Processor, LIC/SW            D51SGLL
  MAINT 1 ANNIV
 Processor, LIC/SW            D51SHLL
  MAINT 2 ANNIV
 Processor, SW MAINT          E00JQLL
  RNWL 1 ANNIV
 Processor, SW MAINT          D51SILL
  AFT LIC 1 ANNIV

Passport Advantage Media Packs

Customers with active Passport Advantage software maintenance for Everyplace Wireless Gateway are entitled to receive the WECM V4.2 media pack per the terms of their Passport Advantage Agreement.

Media Pack                    Part
Description                   Number
 
WebSphere Everyplace          BK01WML
 Connection Manager, V4.2 --
 Multilanguage Media Pack

Terms and Conditions

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA). Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use. Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

License Information (LI) Form Number: The LI is included in softcopy form with the program software.

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services: Available until March 31, 2004

Money-Back Guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: Yes

Volume Orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage Applies: Yes and through the Passport Advantage Web site at:

Usage Restriction: Yes

In addition to the terms of the IPLA, WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager (the program) includes unique terms and conditions relating to the use of client components. The specific terms are included in the LI document which is associated with this product. On or near the same date as the planned availability of the product, the LI for the program will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site at:

Software Maintenance Applies: Yes

Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Subscription and Technical Support, is now included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support for the product announced in this letter is provided by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances customer productivity by providing voice and/or electronic access into the IBM support organizations.

IBM includes Software Maintenance with each program acquired during the coverage period. The coverage period means the period commencing on the date you acquire the program up to the first or second anniversary date, depending on whether you acquired coverage for one or two anniversaries. The coverage period for Software Maintenance acquired in the two months preceding an anniversary date will be extended to the next applicable anniversary date.

While your Software Maintenance is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. This assistance is not available to your end users. IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Guide at:

Software Maintenance does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement.

For more information, about the Passport Advantage Agreement, refer to the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement Software Announcement 201-202 , dated July 10, 2001, or visit the Passport Advantage Web site at:

IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line: No

Other Support: Passport Advantage

AIX/UNIX® Upgrade Protection Applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: No

iSeries™ Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

Prices

Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage and charges, contact your IBM Pervasive computing representative or authorized Business Partner. Additional information is also available on the Passport Advantage Web site:

Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers and Business Partners to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, both from IBM and other manufacturers or vendors, as well as commercial financing (revolving lines of credit, terms loans, acquisition facilities, and inventory financing credit lines) for Business Partners. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or visit the Web at:

Trademarks

 
IBM eServer, Everyplace, and iSeries are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
RS/6000, AIX, DB2, SecureWay, and WebSphere are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
 
Microsoft is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.