WebSphere Application Server

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WebSphere Application Server is a proven, high-performance transaction engine that can help build, run, integrate, and manage dynamic web applications. The latest edition of WebSphere Application Server introduces new options for the development community with the lightweight Liberty profile option and development tool options. Operations are enhanced with Intelligent Management capabilities that minimize end-user outages and maximize operations monitoring and control of the production environment. Compare the available editions to find the one that is right for your company's needs.

Table describes the key features and functions of each WebSphere Application Server configuration, so that you can choose the configuration that best fits your current business strategy—and so that you can be prepared to grow your solution as your needs evolve.

Key: fully supported = Supported with WebSphere Application Server full profile, fully supported = Supported with WebSphere Application, Server Liberty profile, blank = not supported

WebSphere Application Server – Liberty Core WebSphere Application Server - Express WebSphere Application Server WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition WebSphere Application Server for z/OS®
Optimized for: Smaller scale deployments of dynamic web applications. This version of the Liberty profile delivers the Web Profile option. It delivers a reduced-cost, ready-to-go solution. Developers or business leaders at small and midsize businesses who need an easier, reduced-cost, ready-to-go solution for smaller scale deployments of dynamic web applications Developers or business leaders at medium to large businesses who need a scalable foundation to build, run and manage dynamic web applications on a single server or in moderately sized deployment environments Developers or business leaders who need advanced management, scalability, automated performance optimization and near-continuous availability for their most mission-critical applications Developers or business leaders who need advanced management, scalability, automated performance optimization and near-continuous availability for their most mission-critical applications; optimized to run in VMware and other server virtualization environments Developers or business leaders at enterprises that require z/OS qualities of service to achieve optimized performance and near-continuous availability for their most mission-critical applications
Programming Models, Standards and Development





Java EE 6 compliance
Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported
Java EE 6 Web Profile compliance WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported
Java Platform, Standard Edition 6, and 7 WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported
Web 2.0 and Mobile WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported
OSGi Applications WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported
Messaging and web services
Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported
Java Batch
Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported
Service Component Architecture (SCA)
Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)
Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported
Dynamic caching WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported
System Programming Interface (SPI) for extensibility WebSphere Application Server fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported
Application assembly and deployment tools WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported
Dynamic server configuration (without server restart) WebSphere Application Server fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported
Integration with z/OS services




Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported

Key: fully supported = Supported with WebSphere Application Server full profile, fully supported = Supported with WebSphere Application, Server Liberty profile, blank = not supported

 

WebSphere Application Server – Liberty Core WebSphere Application Server - Express WebSphere Application Server WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition WebSphere Application Server for z/OS®
Administration, High Availability and Performance





High performance extensible logging (HPEL) WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported
Cross Component Trace (XCT)
Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported
Edge-of-network services


Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported
Managed directory-based Java EE application installation, update and uninstall WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported WebSphere Application Server fully supported
HTTP session affinity and failover WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported
Intelligent Management


Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported
Managed clustering


Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported
Enterprise-scale management and administration


Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported
Prepackaged virtual deployment images



Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported

Key: fully supported = Supported with WebSphere Application Server full profile, fully supported = Supported with WebSphere Application, Server Liberty profile, blank = not supported

 

WebSphere Application Server – Liberty Core WebSphere Application Server - Express WebSphere Application Server WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition WebSphere Application Server for z/OS®
Security





Advanced security WebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported Liberty Profile fully supportedWebSphere Application Server fully supported
Kerberos authentication, single sign-on, SPNEGO web authentication, and Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)
Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported
WebSphere secure proxy, domains, and auditing


Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported Liberty Profile fully supported

Key: fully supported = Supported with WebSphere Application Server full profile, fully supported = Supported with WebSphere Application, Server Liberty profile, blank = not supported

 

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