IBM United States
Software Announcement 202-144
June 11, 2002
IBM Enterprise Information Portal for Multiplatforms V8.1 Boosts Performance and Expands Access to Critical Structured and Unstructured Information
(Corrected on October 14, 2002)
Changes made to the Overview, Software Requirements, Packaging, and
Ordering Information sections.
At a Glance
IBM Enterprise Information Portal V8.1 expands upon leading information integration technology, providing the following:
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
IBM Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) V8.1 is designed to boost performance and expand access to critical structured and unstructured information across and beyond the enterprise. EIP provides leading search middleware, with advanced connector technology, to search across enterprise content managed in either IBM Content Manager repositories, FileNET's Panagon Image Services, or other content sources.
In addition, EIP connects to a multitude of other information sources, including IBM DB2® or other Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) and Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) relational databases, file systems, Lotus® Domino databases, Web crawling, and more. EIP V8.1 also provides enhanced information mining with expanded language support and updated functions that lets customers with Intelligent Miner for Text (Windows NT® and AIX®) move forward.
IBM EIP V8.1 delivers the following:
Planned Availability Dates
Most enterprises are dealing with disparate islands of solutions or applications that manage data or digital content. Each of these solutions and applications provides users its own specific way to access information in system repositories. Each of these solutions and applications require training on their own syntax, semantics, and interfaces. Custom application development is often needed to aggregate information from these disparate sources and additional filtering is necessary to find the information that is relevant to users. Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) V8.1 is designed to solve these problems by providing an information integration framework for single-point access to structured and unstructured data in all heterogeneous systems of repositories across the enterprise.
The EIP provides an information integration framework which is open, extensible, and consistent across all servers. A federated connector is provided as the common interface for federated information integration applications. This open, extensible framework allows connectors to be easily constructed; these connectors are accessed by the federated connector to allow any data and digital content sources (including non-IBM products) to be accessed with common API's and components (for example, JavaBeans). This object-oriented framework is consistent: all native connectors interact with the federated connector and provide an application with a federated content view which is independent of the unique syntax and semantics of the various underlying repositories. Applications can be written to the federated connector as well as the following native connector interfaces:
The published, modular connector architecture of EIP provides the interfaces for you to build additional connectors to legacy applications and other data sources. Since these connectors implement the same OO interface, writing an application to any one connector is very similar to any other connector.
EIP processes queries from federated users or applications as if the federated connector were a virtual information server. Queries to the federated interface will be broken into sub-queries and sent to backend servers where queries are well understood and can be processed efficiently. The query results will be returned from each backend server and combined into a single, aggregated result set for the user of EIP. In general, EIP Information Integration framework now has been extended to support the Sun Solaris platform, in addition to Windows NT and AIX platform. Except for the C++ interface support for ODBC connector on Windows NT platform, Java interface support is provided for all other connectors and services, for all three platforms Windows NT, AIX, and Sun Solaris platforms. Some of the connectors have only the Java client interface through Remote Method Invocation (RMI).
Refer to the following EIP connector platform matrix table for details.
Windows AIX Sun Connectors C++/Java/ActiveX C++/Java C++/Java CM V8 Yes/Yes/No Yes/Yes No/Yes CM V7, CM/390 V2.3 Yes/Yes/Yes Yes/Yes No/RMI only IP/390 V3.1 Yes/Yes/Yes No/RMI only No/RMI only CM/400 V4.3, V5.1 Yes/Yes/Yes No/RMI only No/RMI only OD V7.1 Yes/Yes/Yes Yes/Yes No/Yes OD/400 V4.5 and V5.1 Yes/Yes/Yes Yes/Yes No/Yes OD/390 V2.1 and V7.1 Yes/Yes/Yes Yes/Yes No/Yes ES V3.7 Yes/Yes/Yes Yes/Yes No/RMI only Federated Yes/Yes/Yes Yes/Yes No/Yes DB2 Yes/Yes/Yes Yes/Yes No/Yes DataJoiner Yes/Yes/Yes Yes/Yes No/Yes ODBC Yes/No/Yes No/No No/No JDBC No/Yes/No No/Yes No/Yes Info Catalog V7 No/Yes/No No/Yes No/Yes Domino.Doc V3.0 Yes/Yes/Yes No/RMI only No/RMI only Panagon Image No/Yes/No No/RMI only No/RMI only Services Workflow Service Yes/Yes/No Yes/Yes No/Yes Information Mining No/Yes/No No/Yes No/Yes Service Crawler Service No/Yes/No No/Yes No/Yes
In addition to the consistent and single-point access to the structured and unstructured data in all heterogeneous systems of repositories across the enterprise, the EIP framework provides add-on services, Advanced Workflow, Web Crawler, and Information Mining. Since these services are also part of the EIP federated information integration framework, they are available to all participating heterogeneous backend server repositories.
EIP Advanced Workflow Service
The EIP Advanced Workflow service allows all data and digital content of all heterogeneous repositories under the EIP framework to be able to participate in the federated workflow processes. The Advance Workflow Service is integrated with the IBM MQSeries Workflow engine and is also integrated with other IBM Content Manager capabilities surfaced in the Content Manager V8 e-Client (included in Content Manager V8.1).
EIP Web Crawler Service
The EIP Web Crawler service can crawl content in an intranet, extranet, or Internet Web, in Lotus Notes® databases natively or via Domino, in local file systems, and in FTP collections. The user can specify a seed or multiple seeds to be crawled. Starting from the seed, the crawler will follow links to collect and mine all crawled content, and save them in an object cache and metadata repository. This collection of crawled content can be processed by the EIP Information Mining Service to extract useful information, or to be used in search or any other applications.
EIP Information Mining Service
EIP framework provides the Information Mining Service to extract and access valuable information from all text documents that can be gathered via EIP Federated Search or the EIP Web Crawler.
EIP is an excellent way to "modernize" legacy applications when development costs are too high to improve or to move into an e-business environment. The connector interface can be implemented to expose relevant functions and be plugged into the EIP framework to inherit all EIP functions and services, as well as to provide Web access to valuable existing content.
EIP Object-Oriented Development Toolkit
IBM EIP V8 information integration framework provides a rich application development toolkit. This includes object-oriented APIs in Java, C++, and ActiveX, and a component toolkit for rapid application development:
With the complete object-oriented toolkit, powerful end-user applications, system administration applications, workflow and mining applications can be easily and efficiently developed to fully exploit the power and flexibility of IBM EIP infrastructure as federated or native (non-federated) desktop, client/server, or Web applications.
EIP System Administration
The EIP V8 System Administration function has been extended to provide:
New Features in EIP Advanced Workflow
The Advance Workflow Service is integrated with the IBM MQSeries Workflow engine and is also integrated with other IBM Content Manager capabilities surfaced in the Content Manager V8 e-Client.
New Features in Crawler
Web Crawler now can handle file server, FTP protocol. A new Web Crawler for Notes is also provided. With these crawlers, intranet, extranet, or Internet Web, Lotus Notes databases natively or via Domino, local file systems, and FTP collections can be crawled. DB2 can be used to contain the pool of to-be-crawled URLs in addition to memory pool. In addition to HTML Summarizer, new summarizers like XML, Java, ZIP, Inso, and Copy+RDF Summarizers are provided to process the crawled content. Customers can provide their own Summarizers to handle files of special content type for special processing.
New platforms: AIX and Solaris
New Features in Information Mining
New Features in IBM Lotus Extended Search V3.7
Extended Search V3.7 includes many enhancements that address requests from a number of customers. The following summary highlights enhancements that have been made to the product since the release of V3.0.
Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act
The following features support use by people with disabilities:
Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
The following hardcopy publications can be ordered, after general availability, through the Publication Notification System (PNS) Web site at:
Order Title Number Planning and Installing Enterprise GC27-1345 Information Portal Enterprise Information Portal Installation Reference Card
The following softcopy publications are included with the product:
The following softcopy publications are included with Content Connector for Panagon Image Services media pack:
Specified Operating Environment
The exact configuration you need to support your environment with satisfactory response time will vary depending on the size of the objects you are working with and other factors. Individual display response times vary depending on workstation speed, memory, size of objects, and network and server workload. Minimum recommended configurations listed below need to be evaluated and adjusted according to your unique requirements. Disk space recommendations below are for the Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) product installation and working space only. The actual hard disk required varies, depending on your installation. The most current and complete information on hardware and software requirements for IBM EIP, including additional server descriptions, is available in the support section at:
IBM EIP for Multiplatforms V8.1 contains the following:
This program when downloaded from a Web site, contains the applicable IBM
license agreement, and License Information (LI), if appropriate and will
be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program.
The license and LI will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT for
Security, Auditability, and Control
IBM Enterprise Information Portal for Multiplatforms V8 uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware or software.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
Charge Structure: Per Processor, plus Optional Per Server Feature
Your license to the program entitles you to install the program on a single server running a single processor. If you wish to install the program on a multiprocessor server you must acquire additional Proof of Entitlements (PoEs) for each additional processor on the server. If you wish to install any of the following components of the program on additional servers, you must acquire additional PoEs for each processor on each server where any of the following components are installed:
IBM EIP V8.1 is a modular product. In customer configurations, individual components of IBM EIP V8.1 can be distributed and installed on separate individual machines. When ordering PoEs to license the use of IBM EIP V8.1, there are key factors that must be considered.
Different components of IBM EIP V8.1 software can be installed on separate machines. IBM EIP licensing requires PoEs for the total number of processors on all servers where core components are installed and run.
There are four core components of IBM EIP that require separate licensing whenever deployed in different machines. These components can be run under one EIP license if run in the same machine. Once deployed in different machines, each component must be considered an EIP license under the EIP licensing terms. The four IBM EIP V8.1 components that require licensing under these conditions are:
The IBM EIP V8.1 Administration Component is defined as the IBM EIP base function required for running EIP applications. Customers must minimally acquire PoEs for the number of processors where the IBM EIP Administration Component, as defined below, is installed.
Examples of components that may, in certain circumstances, be installed without additional PoEs include IBM EIP V8.1 Connector Components and the IBM EIP V8.1 Toolkit. The IBM EIP V8.1 Connector Components may be installed on any server or client within the configuration without additional PoEs, as long as the Administration Component is licensed and installed on at least one machine. (An exception to this rule is the Panagon Image Services Connector which requires a separate license.) The IBM EIP Toolkit may also be installed for use by application developers without additional PoEs, as long as the Administration Component is licensed and installed on at least one machine.
For example, a customer may install the IBM EIP V8.1 Administration and Information Mining Components on one server, individual Connectors on separate servers, and the IBM EIP V8.1 Toolkit on another server for application development. In this case, the customer must only acquire PoEs for the number of processors on the server where the Administration and Information Mining Components are installed.
But in some configurations, for example those that do not require federated search capabilities, the Administration Database may not be required and need not be installed. In these cases, the Administration Component must still be licensed, but it is defined as the minimal set of EIP software that must be installed to run your application. For example, the minimal required code might be a single instance of a Connector or an RMI server without an Administration Database. In these configurations, licensing of the Administration Component means obtaining PoEs for each processor on the server or client where that minimal set of software is installed.
For example, a simple application using IBM EIP V8.1 to access a single instance of Panagon Image Services Connector might only require the installation of the IBM EIP V8.1 Panagon Image Services Connector to run (no Administration Database). In this case, the minimal set of software required would be a single instance of the connector. Therefore, in this case licensing of the Administration Component means obtaining PoEs for the number of processors on one of the servers or clients where the IBM EIP V8.1 Panagon Image Services Connector is installed as well as a server license for the Panagon Image Services Connector.
Limited-Use DB2 UDB Components: The program includes portions of DB2 Universal Database®. You are authorized to install and use these components only in association with your licensed use of the IBM EIP program for the storage and management of data used or generated by the program, and not for other data management purposes. For example, this license does not include inbound connections to the database from other applications for queries or report generation. You are authorized to install and use these components only with and on the same licensed processor(s) as the program.
Limited-Use WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Standard Edition: The program is accompanied by a copy of WAS, Standard Edition. For each program server PoE, you are entitled to install and use, from the media provided with the program, one copy of each of the WAS components required to support your licensed use of the program. Your use of the WAS components is limited to use in support of your licensed use of the program, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the license agreement (except as limited in this paragraph) which accompanies WAS. The WAS components may not be used for any other purpose.
Limited-Use IBM MQSeries Base and IBM MQSeries Workflow: You may use MQSeries Base and MQSeries Workflow run-time components only in support of your licensed use of the program. For each program server PoE, you are entitled to install, from the media provided with the program, the MQSeries Base and MQSeries Workflow run-time components required to support your licensed use of the program. You are authorized to install these MQSeries components only on the same number of licensed processor(s) as the program. The MQSeries Base and MQSeries Workflow programs may not be used for any other purpose.
Limited-Use IBM Lotus Extended Search: You may use the Lotus Extended Search component only in support of your licensed use of the program. For each program server PoE, you are entitled to install, from the media provided with the program, the Lotus Extended Search component required to support your licensed use of the program. You are authorized to install the Lotus Extended Search components only on the same number of licensed processors as the program. The Lotus Extended Search program may not be used for any other purpose.
To enhance the value of its information mining capabilities, EIP provides the filters and the code modules that implement these functions on an as is basis without warranty or support of any kind.
All orders for this product are placed through Passport Advantage.
Program Name/ Part Description Number IBM Enterprise Information Portal BF00HML for Multiplatforms V8.1 Media Pack Multilingual Content Connector for Panagon Image BF00LML Services Media Pack Multilingual
IBM EIP for Multiplatforms V8 is available through the IBM Passport Advantage Program, electronic Software Delivery (eSD).
Program Name/ Part Description Number Enterprise Information Portal D5BW8LL Processor LIC/SW MAINT 1 ANNIV Enterprise Information Portal D5BW9LL Processor LIC/SW MAINT 2 ANNIV Enterprise Information Portal E1BWCLL Processor SW MAINT RNWL 1 ANNIV Enterprise Information Portal D5BWDLL Processor SW MAINT AFT LIC 1 ANNIV Enterprise Information Portal Proc D5BWALL fr EIP Clt Kit Proc TRD/LIC/SWMAINT 1 Content Conn for Panagon IS Server D50M3LL LIC/SW MAINT 1 ANNIV Content Conn for Panagon IS Server D50M4LL LIC/SW MAINT 2 ANNIV Content Conn for Panagon IS Server E0057LL SW MAINT RNWL 1 ANNIV Content Conn for Panagon IS Server D50M5LL SW MAINT AFT LIC 1 ANNIV
Passport Advantage Customer: Media Pack Entitlement Details
Customers with active Maintenance or Subscription for EIP Processor and Content Connector for Panagon Image Server are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack. IM4T Server and additional CPU are entitled one EIP Processor license and to the EIP V8.1 media pack.
Media Packs Part Description Number Enterprise Information BF00HML Portal for Multiplatforms V8.1 Media Pack Multilingual Content Connector for BF00LML Panagon Image Services Media Pack Multilingual
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