IBM United States
Software Announcement 203-167
June 24, 2003
IBM WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager V5 Can Enable Enterprises to Extend Existing Applications to Mobile Users Over Multiple Networks; WECM Starter Edition Updated
At a Glance
WebSphere® Everyplace Connection Manager (WECM) V5 offers:
WECM Starter Edition V5 replaces WECM Starter Edition V4.2.
WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager (WECM) V5 allows enterprises to efficiently extend existing applications to mobile workers over many different wireless and wireline networks. It allows users with different application needs (based on transmission costs, coverage, or devices) to select the wireless network that is best for their specific situation. WECM V5 can be used by service providers to provide highly encrypted, optimized solutions to their enterprise customers.
WECM V5 is a distributed, scalable, multipurpose communications platform designed to optimize bandwidth, help reduce costs, and help ensure security. It creates a mobile VPN that encrypts data over vulnerable wireless LAN and wireless WAN connections. It integrates an exhaustive list of standard Internet Protocols (IP) and non-IP wireless bearer networks, server hardware, device operating systems, and mobile security protocols.
WECM V5 supports the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), including WAP Wireless Session Protocol (WSP). When configured as a WAP gateway, WECM V5 can provide connectivity for multivendor WAP V1.1 and V1.2 client services. As a WAP push proxy gateway, it allows external applications to push various content down to WAP devices.
Refer to the Description section for more information about the features, functions, and benefits of WECM V5.
WECM V5 Updates WECM Starter Edition: WECM Starter Edition V5 provides the same functionality as WECM V5 with WAP but licensing is limited to a maximum of 50 users. Terms and pricing are designed for customers who want to start with a smaller initial investment, then expand at a later time. Conversion to the full entitlement licensing of WECM V5 or WECM without WAP is available for a 25% discount.
For more information, contact your Pervasive Computing Division representative or visit our Web site at:
WECM V5 operates in selected AIX®, Solaris, and Linux environments.
Refer to the Technical Information section for detailed requirement information.
Planned Availability Dates
WECM V5.0 offers a communications platform for compression, security, and persistence to drive higher wireless data throughput and lower costs. The platform supports highly encrypted access over a wide range of wireless and wireline networks.
WECM V5 provides a standard TCP/IP communications interface to a variety of wireless, dial-up, and
LANs with data optimization and security. The components that make up WECM are designed to run on
multivendor hardware and operating system platforms. WECM has three major components: Connection
Manager, the Distributed Administration, and the Mobility Client.
Connection Manager supports a comprehensive spectrum of communication protocols for both IP and non-IP networks. Flexible connections are created by configuring multiple Mobile Network Connections (MNC) for many combinations of public or private physical networks. Each MNC can be tuned for optimal performance, compensating for latency, link speed, and other characteristics that vary across different communications technologies.
Mobile Network Interfaces (MNI) and IP Addressing
MNI is implemented to allow the operating system IP layer to communicate with all supported wireless, dial, or wireline networks. The platform controls one or more IP subnets of users whose traffic is routed through the appropriate MNI. In order to help reduce and control data traffic, each MNI can be customized with packet filtering or packet mapping. The built-in Network Address Translation feature helps manage scarce corporate IP addresses.
HTTP/HTTPS Access Service
For mobile devices with an SSL-capable browser, connectivity for both unsecured HTTP and authenticated HTTP over SSL (HTTPS) is supported. Lightweight Third Party Authentication (LTPA) token support enables single sign on through Web servers or portals.
Mobile Access Services
An encrypted tunnel helps secure wireless connections between the Connection Manager and the Mobility Client, which work in conjunction to help offer enhanced functionality, improved performance, and a high level of security.
Applications are supported by using industry-standard socket programming interfaces provided by the operating system. This helps reduce the need for developers to learn special programming interfaces or proprietary tools and protocols.
Gateway clustering helps enable a highly scalable architecture and distributes the load geographically across multiple sites to help adapt to the mobile needs of the customer. Support for HACMP helps obtain high reliability.
Multiple levels of authentication and encryption are provided to help assure the identity of the mobile user, prevent unauthorized access, and protect data privacy. In addition to the mobile VPN option, SSL, Wireless Transport Layer Security (WTLS), and PPP protocols are incorporated. WECM V5 is certified for FIPS 140-2, 197, 46-3, 186-2, and 180-1 standards.
A symmetric encryption key encodes or decodes data with varying key lengths, the strongest being the 256-bit (AES). Customers can choose from DES, Triple DES, RC5, AES, and other algorithms.
Connection Manager validates users against corporate LDAP directory servers and RADIUS-compliant authentication servers.
WECM V5.0 has been enhanced for two-factor authentication by tying user credentials with hardware identifiers, such as hardware serial number, modem network address, or call line identifier. Connection Manager can also verify valid X.509 client certificates, comparing the information in the certificate against a trusted certificate authority.
Connection Manager and the Mobility Client work in tandem to help reduce data transmission costs over wireless networks by utilizing advanced data compression, byte reduction, and minimization of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) retransmissions. This helps reduce data loads, increase effective bandwidth, and can lower reconnection fees.
Messaging services support several types of messaging modes, including SMS, e-mail using SMTP, unconfirmed WAP push, message delivery over proprietary networks such as Mobitex or Motien, and Simple Network Paging Protocol (SNPP). The Wireless Communication Transfer Protocol (WCTP) has been added to enable delivery of wireless messages to appropriate receiving devices.
The WECM Messaging Services and Push Toolkit and the API for WAP V1.2. services are available to create push applications by specifying the address type. The Messaging Services are tightly integrated with WebSphere Everyplace Access Intelligent Notification Services (INS), adding another rich layer of functionality.
Connection Manager can be configured as a WAP proxy to provide connectivity for multivendor WAP V1.1 and WAP V1.2 client services. It fully supports the WAP WSP which links the microbrowser with cellular phones and PDAs.
WECM V5 functions as a WAP Push Proxy Gateway allowing external applications to push various content down to WAP devices. WTLS helps secure the connection to the WAP client, and SSL is used to establish a highly encrypted connection to the back-end Web servers.
WECM V5 without WAP Gateway
Administration of single or multiple Connection Managers is simplified with a Java remote console, called the Gatekeeper, and optional user administration portlets using the WebSphere Portal Server or WebSphere Everyplace Access. Multiple levels of administration delegation may be defined, each with the desired access or change permissions. This flexibility lets you create central or distributed administrators to match the IT needs of your organization. All administration and configuration data resides in a common LDAP directory.
Remote Gatekeeper administration communicates in a secure manner to the Connection Manager via XML over SSL connections.
Seamless Cross-network Roaming
Mobile users can maintain session persistence when a mobile device changes network connections. This dynamic roaming feature supports a wide variety of network communication protocols and can enable access across physical networks without breaking the application's end-to-end TCP sessions. This helps provide mobile users with uninterrupted connectivity to critical applications.
The WECM V5 gateway HTTP/HTTPS capability supports an encrypted SSL connection from a user device to
the WECM gateway. For example, an HTML browser may be used to make an encrypted SSL connection
without requiring any additional application software on the mobile or remote device.
The Mobility Client, formerly referred to as the Wireless Client, runs locally on mobile devices. With an authenticated network connection to the Connection Manager, you can assign a client intranet or Internet IP address. IP applications can run on a wireless network using the standard TCP/IP provided by the operating system on the mobile device.
Standard IP routings are supported, even over non-IP wireless bearer networks. This helps provide unbroken, end-to-end TCP sessions between mobile devices and application servers.
The Mobility Client is supported on multiple platforms and environments, including:
Mobility Client includes a toolkit and APIs to create network-aware applications. One type of application, for example, selects the exact type of data to transmit based on the type of connectivity, costs, and bandwidth. Another application can monitor Wi-Fi signal strength, decide to start a General Packet Radio Switching (GPRS) connection and roam to GPRS before Wi-Fi connectivity is lost.
Support for Standard PPP Clients
WECM V5 supports a broad category of devices that can establish a PPP connection to the gateway as
the Network Access Server. For this PPP client support, wireless client software is not required 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 mobility client such as data optimization.
WECM V5 Updates WECM Starter Edition
WECM Starter Edition provides the same functionality as the full entitlement WECM V5, including WAP, but licensing is limited to a maximum of 50 users. The Starter Edition is designed for customers who want to start using WECM on a small scale and at a lower price.
When you are ready to expand your WECM environment, you may convert your license to the full entitlement version of WECM V5 or WECM V5 without WAP for a 25% discount off your normal Passport Advantage® price. You may not have to reinstall software.
WECM Starter Edition V5 replaces WECM Starter Edition V4.2, according to terms of the Passport Advantage Agreement. For more information about WECM Starter Edition, refer to Software Announcement 203-116 , dated April 29, 2003.
WECM V5 extends the IBM Application Framework for e-business and allows customers to extend their existing applications to the mobile portion of their workforce, over multiple wireless networks, across multiple devices and platforms, and in a highly secure, optimized manner. This can help enterprise customers, suppliers, and employees conduct business cost effectively, virtually anywhere, anytime.
For customers who do not require the WAP protocol, IBM offers WECM V5 without the WAP function for a lower cost.
WECM V5 can be used together with other products in the WebSphere Everyplace family to enable highly secure wireless access and e-business.
WECM V5 replaces WECM V4.2, according to the terms of your Passport Advantage Agreement. Customers who are still using Everyplace Wireless Gateway, the predecessor of WECM V4.2, should contact their IBM Pervasive computing representative to discuss a transition to WECM V5.
WECM Starter Edition
The program code in WECM Starter Edition V4.2 is replaced by WECM V5, creating WECM Starter Edition V5. Although the functions of the WECM V5 and WECM Starter Edition V5 are the same, the WECM Starter Edition V5 has unique terms, and licensing is limited to a maximum of 50 users. Customers who purchased WECM Starter Edition V4.2 are entitled to receive WECM Starter Edition V5 for no additional charge, according to the terms of their Passport Advantage Agreement.
When customers who purchase WECM Starter Edition are ready to expand their WECM environment beyond the 50-user limitation of WECM Starter Edition, they may convert to the full entitlement licensing of WECM V5 or WECM V5 without WAP for a discounted price. If they select WECM V5 with WAP, they do not have to reinstall the program software.
For additional information or assistance, contact an IBM Pervasive Computing Division representative.
More information about WECM V5 and wireless computing is available on the IBM Pervasive Computing Division Web site:
For more information about WECM Starter Edition, refer to Software Announcement 203-116 , dated April 29, 2003.
For more information about WECM V4.2, refer to Software Announcement 202-289 , dated October 15, 2002.
Product information is available through the Offering Information Web site:
Or through the Passport Advantage® Web site:
The technical information for WebSphere® Everyplace Connection Manager (WECM) V5 also applies to WECM Starter Edition V5.
Connection Manager minimum requirements:
Gatekeeper minimum requirements:
Mobility Client minimum requirements:
Disk space required to install the full Mobility Client image:
The technical information for WECM V5 also applies to WECM Starter Edition V5.
Connection Manager requirements:
You may install the Gatekeeper component on a system with one of the following operating systems with TCP/IP protocol installed:
Mobility Client requirements:
You may install the Mobility Client on a device or system with one of the following systems that also has TCP/IP protocol installed:
Refer to the
Terms and Conditions
Customer Responsibilities: Customers are responsible for acquiring any system requirements or additional software products that may be needed for their specific environments. They are also responsible for implementing any security measures that are appropriate for their organization.
Conversion: Conversion from WECM Starter Edition licensing to the full entitlement license of WECM V5 (with WAP) is available for a 25% discount off of the customer's normal Passport Advantage price of WECM V5. The software does not have to be reinstalled.
Conversion from WECM Starter Edition licensing to the full entitlement license of WECM V5 without WAP is also available for a 25% discount off of the customer's normal Passport Advantage price of WECM V5 without WAP. This change does require reinstallation of the program software.
Packaging: WECM V5, with or without WAP, is available through the Passport Advantage Agreement. The program is provided on CD-ROMs in a media pack and is also available for electronic download from the Passport Advantage Web site. All of the supported languages, including English, are in the same code image. The language is selected at the time of installation and configuration.
This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.
Part Description Number WECM V5 (with WAP) BK03TML WECM V5 without WAP BK03SML WECM Starter Edition V5 BK03RML
Product Category: WSEVPCNM
For more information or assistance, contact an IBM Pervasive Computing Division representative.
WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager V5 with WAP
Part Description Number WECM V5 with WAP, Proc, D52CSLL LIC + SW MAINT 12 months WECM V5 with WAP, Proc, E00R2LL ANNUAL SW MAINT RENEWAL WECM V5 with WAP, Proc, D52CTLL SW MAINT REINSTATE 12 months WECM Starter Edition to D52CULL WECM V5 with WAP, CONV to full WECM V5 LIC+SW MAIN 12 months WECM V5 with WAP, BK03YIE MEDIA PACK (English) WECM V5 with WAP, BK03TML MEDIA PACK (Multilanguage)
WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager V5 without WAP
Part Description Number WECM V5 no WAP, Proc, D52CVLL LIC + SW MAINT 12 months WECM V5 no WAP, Proc, E00R3LL ANNUAL SW MAINT RENEWAL WECM V5 no WAP, Proc, D52CWLL SW MAINT REINSTATE 12 months WECM Starter Edition to D52CXLL WECM V5 without WAP, CONV to full WECM V5 No WAP LIC+SW MAIN 12 months WECM V5 no WAP, BK03XIE MEDIA PACK (English) WECM V5 no WAP, BK03SML MEDIA PACK (Multilanguage)
WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager Starter Edition V5
Part Description Number Up to 50 Users, LIC + SW D52CYLL MAINT 12 months Up to 50 Users, ANNUAL SW E00R4LL MAINT RENEWAL Up to 50 Users, SW MAINT D52CZLL REINSTATE 12 months WECM Starter Edition V5 BK03WIE Media Pack (English) WECM Starter Edition V5 BK03RML Media Pack (Multilanguage)
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.
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.
In addition to the terms of the IPLA, WECM V5 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.
Additional limitations and terms apply if the program is acquired as WECM Starter Edition V5. Licensing for WECM Starter Edition entitles you to have up to a maximum of 50 users to access the program.
On or near the planned availability date of the product, the LI document will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site at:
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.
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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:
The price each customer pays for WECM V5, with or without WAP, depends on their Passport Advantage level and discount percentage. The price for converting from the WECM Starter Edition to the fully licensed WECM V5, with or without WAP, is discounted 25% off of the Passport Advantage price that the customer would normally pay for WECM V5 or WECM V5 without WAP. For pricing information, contact your IBM Pervasive Computing Division representative or authorized Business Partner, or go to the Passport Advantage Web site:
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