IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.1 delivers an open source-based Java application serverIBM United States Software Announcement 206-229
September 19, 2006
|At a glance|
Key benefits of WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.1 include:
- Access to world-class IBM support and expertise in open source software
- Latest innovations and technologies by the Apache open source community
- Accelerated development with the pre-integrated set of services needed for the project
- Focus on the value-add application code 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 extended WebSphere Application Server software family as needs grow
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WebSphere® Application Server Community Edition V1.1 is an open source-based application server supported by IBM. Built on Apache Geronimo, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition integrates best-of-breed, open-source technology such as Apache Tomcat, Eclipse, and IBM Cloudscape (based on Apache Derby).
Available at no charge, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition is suitable for developers who are using Apache Tomcat as a starting point for Web applications and wish to incorporate more advanced function without additional integration code. It also provides a clear path to advanced service-oriented architecture (SOA) capabilities found in other WebSphere Application Server configurations.
World-class IBM support is available through multiple support options. Purchased separately, these support options provide reliable assistance and timely problem resolution from the IBM team of expert support professionals and developers.
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September 19, 2006
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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 up-front 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
New features of WebSphere Application Server Community Edition include:
- Support for IBM Java Development Kit 5.0, to permit use of Java SE 5 language innovations
- Plug-in architecture that supports extending the functionality of the server with Apache Geronimo and WebSphere Application Server Community Edition plug-ins
- Deployment upgrade tool to upgrade your WebSphere Application Server Community Edition 1.0.0.x or 1.0.1.x installation to V1.1
- Improved deployment capabilities, including support for redeploying applications through the console and command line, hot deploy for compressed Java Archives, and in-place deployment for exploded J2EE modules
- Eclipse plug-in, now supporting the Eclipse Web Tools Platform 1.5, for creating, deploying, and debugging your WebSphere Application Server Community Edition J2EE applications that are easily portable for increased flexibility
- Run-time customization allowing selective loading of only the server components your application requires, saving resources and improving performance
WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.1 delivers several new enhancements, including:
JDK 5 support
Support for the IBM JDK 5.0 makes it possible for your WebSphere Application Server Community Edition applications to take advantage of the many language innovations in Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition including annotations, enumerated types, generics, and improved performance. In addition, you can now use third-party components that require Java SE 5 as part of your applications.
New deployment capabilities make it easier than ever for you to deploy and redeploy your applications to WebSphere Application Server Community Edition. V1.1 adds the ability to redeploy existing deployed applications from the console and the command line, hot deployment for compressed JAR files, and in-place deployment for exploded J2EE modules.
Eclipse plug-in with WebSphere Application Server family portability
The Eclipse plug-in for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition helps you take advantage of the Eclipse technology-based Web Tools Platform 1.5. 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 base-line 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 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.
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.
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|Statement of direction|
IBM will support Solaris 10 on SPARC as an additional recommended configuration for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.1 in fourth quarter 2006.
All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal
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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 initial budget, to simple administration of a single server environment, to a clustered, highly available, high-volume environment with edge-of-network services.
Complementing WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, 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 code base 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 which offers near continuous uptime for applications.
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Product documentation for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.1 in HTML format is available at
Topics covered include:
- Quick start
- 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 19, 2006.
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For information on WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.0, refer to Software Announcement 205-295 , dated November 15, 2005.
For information on WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.0.1, refer to Software Announcement 206-070 , dated April 4, 2006.
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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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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WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.1 is available for and supported on the recommended configurations:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux V.3 Update 5 on x86 and x86-64
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux V.4 Update 5 on x86, x86-64, and pSeries®
- Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server V.9 SP2® and V.10 on x86, x86-64, and pSeries
- Red Flag Data Center V.5.0 on x86 and x86-64
- Microsoft Windows 2003 on x86
- Windows XP Professional on x86 (development use only)
- AIX® AIX V.5 Update 3 ML4 or later on pSeries
Because IBM builds, tests, and deploys the WebSphere Application Server Community Edition with these platforms, IBM recommends that customers consider using the recommended configurations.
IBM provides support for recommended configurations for customers who have an IBM Support for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition support contract and are entitled to support, defect fixes or a reasonable alternative to address a reported problem with using WebSphere Application Server Community Edition with these related products or frameworks.
In addition, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V1.1 is compatible with the following configurations:
- Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server V.9 SP2 and V.10 on BladeCenter®/OpenPower
- Novell SUSE Linux OSS 10.0 on x86, x86-64, pSeries, and BladeCenter/OpenPower
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 4 Update 5 on x86-64 and BladeCenter/OpenPower
- Fedora Core 5 on x86, x86-64, pSeries, and BladeCenter/OpenPower
- Mandriva Linux 2006 or Corporate Server 4.0 on x86 and x86-64
- Microsoft Windows 2003 SP1® and Windows 2003 Server x64 SP1 on x86-64
- Windows XP Professional SP2 on x86-64 (Development use only)
- AIX AIX V.5 Update 3 ML4 or later on BladeCenter/OpenPower
IBM makes no formal claim of how well these compatible platforms will actually perform and therefore is not able to include them as recommended configurations. However, IBM recognizes that customers may want to run WebSphere Application Server Community Edition on a compatible platform that they are familiar with. IBM expects that WebSphere Application Server Community Edition should function reliably on a given platform if:
- The application itself conforms to the J2EE specification.
- The platform has been validated by the Apache Geronimo community and is supported by IBM under an IBM Support for Apache Geronimo support contract.
- The platform has undergone a relatively minor level of testing by IBM to validate basic functionality (install, start the server, stop the server, and so on) on the platform.
- The IBM Business Partner (who owns/creates/maintains/publishes/sells/delivers the platform) claims that WebSphere Application Server Community Edition works with their platform configuration.
For customers who have an active IBM Support for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition support contract, IBM will work with the customer, IBM Business Partners, and the Apache Geronimo community in a commercially reasonable manner to help solve the customer problem or determine that the problem source is outside of WebSphere Application Server Community Edition.
For more information on the IBM support policy for Compatible Configurations for WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, visit
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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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