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
(Corrected on October 31, 2002)
Corrections were made to the At A Glance, Description, and Technical
Information sections of this announcement for technical clarification
At a Glance
WebSphere® Everyplace Connection Manager (WECM) V4.2, offers:
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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Planned Availability Dates
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:
The key components of WECM V4.2 are the Wireless Gateway, the Wireless Gatekeeper, and the Wireless Client.
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:
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:
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.
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.
The Wireless Client in WECM is software that runs locally on mobile devices. The Wireless Client code:
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.
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.
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:
All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.
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).
Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
The following is a minimum IBM eServer configuration for WECM V4.2:
The following is a minimum WECM for Solaris configuration:
The Wireless Gatekeeper component requires:
The Wireless Client requires:
Wireless Client disk space requirements:
When you install the full Wireless Client image, it requires:
WECM V4.2 should be installed on a new or overwrite AIX® installation. The following system software is required to use WECM:
WECM software requirements for Sun Solaris:
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:
WECM V4.2 Wireless Client software requirements:
You can install the Wireless Client on any of these operating systems with TCP/IP protocol installed:
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.
This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.
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.
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
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