IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.0.1 offers world-class IBM support to build and deploy Java applications

IBM United States Software Announcement 206-070
April 4, 2006

 

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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 Planned 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 V1.0.1 is a lightweight Java 2 Platform and Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application server based on open-source technology from the Apache Software Foundation. Key benefits include:

  • Improvements such as Web tier clustering, simplified directory-based hot deployment and enhanced J2EE migration capabilities
  • Readily accessible, innovative technology without upfront costs
  • Trusted technical support you have come to expect from IBM
  • Clear path to advanced SOA capabilities through the WebSphere family and software portfolio

 
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Overview

WebSphere® Application Server Community Edition V1.0.1, available at no charge, harnesses the latest innovation from the open-source community to deliver an integrated, readily accessible, and flexible foundation for developing and deploying Java™ applications.

Using best-of-breed open source technology, such as Apache Tomcat, Eclipse, and IBM Cloudscape™, based on Apache Derby, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition delivers the lightweight platform you need to begin developing and deploying your service-oriented architecture (SOA). It also provides a clear path to advanced SOA capabilities found in the WebSphere Application Server configurations.

Flexible remote support options include world-class support from IBM. Purchased separately, these support options meet your individual needs. They offer reliable assistance and timely problem resolution from the IBM team of expert support professionals and developers.

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Key prerequisites

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition is available for the following platforms:

  • Linux:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux V.3 and V.4
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server V.9
    • Red Flag Data Center, V.5.0
  • Windows:
    • Microsoft™ Windows™ 2003
    • Windows XP Professional (Development use only)

 
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Planned availability date

April 4, 2006
 
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Description

Key features of WebSphere Application Server Community Edition are:

  • J2EE 1.4-compatible (with support for IBM and Sun Java Development Kit (JDKs))
  • Integration with Apache Tomcat for a broader framework to run Apache Tomcat applications
  • Web tier clustering and load balancing support to seamlessly improve reliability of your applications
  • Directory-based hot deployment for rapid deployment
  • Eclipse plug-in for creating, deploying, and debugging your WebSphere Application Server Community Edition J2EE applications that are easily portable for increased flexibility
  • Compatible with Spring, Hibernate, and Struts
  • Integrated Cloudscape 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, JMS, DB connection, logging, LDAP login, server status, deploy page, and many usability enhancements
  • Convenient access to product binaries, source code, and changes

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.0.1 delivers several enhancements, including:

Web tier clustering and load balancing

Web tier clustering improves 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.

Directory-based hot deployment and remote deployment

Flexible deployment options, including directory-based hot deploy, both local and remote command line, and console and IDE-based deployment, enable you to rapidly deploy in multiple configurations — as stand-alone or as endpoints in a WebSphere SOA infrastructure

Eclipse plug-in with WebSphere Application Server family portability

The plug-in for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition helps you take advantage of the Eclipse technology-based Web tools platform. It offers a simple development environment for creating, deploying, and debugging your WebSphere Application Server Community Edition applications. Using the J2EE profile, you can ensure that the applications you create are portable and deliver increased flexibility.

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 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 Cloudscape 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.

Robust J2EE, V1.4 programming model

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 J2EE specifications, including:

  • Apache Tomcat to support servlets and JavaServer Pages (JSP)
  • OpenEJB to support Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB)
  • ActiveMQ to support Java Message Service (JMS)
  • MX4J to support Java Management Extensions (JMX)
  • TranQL to support Java Database Connectivity (JDBC)
  • Apache Axis to support Web services
  • HOWL (ObjectWeb) to support Java Transaction API (JTA)

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition supports J2EE, V1.4 through the IBM JDK. Sun JDK software is also supported.

Database support

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition comes integrated with Cloudscape database software. Built from the open-source Apache Derby database, Cloudscape 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 IBM 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 Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (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.

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 and 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.
 
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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.

New to the WebSphere Application Server family, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.0.1 is a lightweight J2EE application server, built on open-source, Apache Geronimo technology. Designed to help accelerate development and deployment efforts, it harnesses the latest innovation from the open-source community to provide a readily accessible and flexible foundation for building and deploying Java applications.

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.0.1 is backed by world-class support from IBM (purchased separately). This ensures that you receive reliable assistance and timely problem resolution from the IBM team of expert support professionals and developers.

WebSphere Application Server Community Edition focuses on developers who are interested in an offering blending 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 small footprint application server that can be easily embedded for client solutions

Complementing WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, the other WebSphere Application Server configurations are built on a common server foundation that delivers the full J2EE 1.4 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 rearchitecting. 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 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 which offers near-continuous uptime for applications.

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Publications

Product documentation for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.0.1 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 May 5, 2006.
 
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Reference information

For information on WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.0, refer to Software Announcement 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).

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Trademarks

 
Cloudscape is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
WebSphere, DB2, DB2 Universal Database, and Rational are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows and Microsoft are trademarks 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 Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. IBM Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available on the IBM eServer® platform. These services provide the opportunity for greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. IBM Electronic Services is comprised of two separate, but complementary, elements: IBM Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent™.

IBM Electronic Services news page provides you with a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used by customers 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 IBM Electronic Service Agent is no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It is designed to proactively monitor events and transmit system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, customer-defined timetable. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent will be made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.

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Trademarks

 
developerWorks and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
WebSphere and eServer are registered trademarks 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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