IBM WebSphere Application Server 
version-to-version comparison

Key Features & Capabilities WebSphere® Application Server releases
Generally Available V6.0x
Dec-04

V6.1x
30-Jun-06
V7.0x
Oct-08
V8
Jun-11
V8.5
Jun-12
End of Support 6.0x EOS 30-Sept-10

6.1x EOS 30-Sept-12



The new Liberty profile - highly composable, fast to start, and ultra-lightweight profile of the application server, optimized for developer productivity and web application deployment


Yes
Application Edition Management that enables interruption-free application rollout


Yes
Health Management, which monitors the status of your application servers and is able to sense and respond to problem areas before end users suffer an outage


Yes
Intelligent Routing that improves business results by ensuring priority is given to business critical applications. Requests are prioritized and routed based upon administrator defined rules


Yes
Dynamic Clustering can dynamically provision and start or stop new instances of application server based on workload demands


Yes
WebSphere Batch Workload support that leverages your existing Java online transaction processing (OLTP) infrastructure to support new Java batch workloads. V8.5 added new enterprise options like parallel batch

Yes Yes
Java EE  certification level 1.4 5 6 6
IBM WebSphere SDK Java Technology Edition V7 as an optional pluggable Java Development Kit (JDK).
Optionally use SDK Java Technology Edition V7 or V6



Yes
Web 2.0 and Mobile Toolkit (Available as Feature Pack within WAS V6.1, V7 & V8 ) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Updated WebSphere Tools bundles provide the "right-fit" tools environment to meet varied development and application needs
Yes Yes Yes
Monitored directory-based application install, update and uninstall of Java® EE applications

Yes Yes
Performance improvements through JPA 2.0 optimizations with DynaCache and JPA Level 2 cache offer total cost of ownership (TCO) reduction for modern applications

Yes Yes
Additional WAS v8.5 performance improvements (JDK 7.0; JPA 2.0; Persistence Layer; WebContainer; JSP Engine; EJBContainer; J2C/RRA and Connection Management; Messaging Optimizations)


Yes
New High Performance Extensible Logging (HPEL) problem determination tools

Yes Yes
Cross-Component Trace for Problem Determination. Can now follow the flow of a request that is serviced by more than one thread, process, or even server


Yes
Application Migration Toolkit Tomcat migration supported added for V8.5
Yes Yes Yes
IBM Installation Manager for improved efficiency and control

Yes Yes
Unique to WebSphere Application Server ND: Built-in High Availability Manager and Backup Cluster Support to enhance the manageability of the deployment environment Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rapid deployment feature helps reduce the complexity of building J2EE applications Yes Yes Yes Yes
Service Data Objects (SDOs) address the problem of disparate models and application programming interfaces (APIs) for data retrieval and representations Yes Yes Yes Yes
Programming model extensions are now available in all configurations Yes Yes Yes Yes
EJB support can help deliver support beyond the Java EE specification with enhancements in EJB deployment, automatic default bindings and reference resolution and a new XML-based binding file format 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1
Include EJB bundles in OSGi applications to simplify the development, deployment and administration of modular enterprise applications


Yes
New web services standards deliver new capabilities for developing and deploying service-oriented architecture (SOA)-centric web applications
Yes Yes Yes
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1
Common Java EE programming model across all configurations Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pure-Java JMS 1.1 engine Yes Yes Yes Yes
WAS ND Job Manager can also administer instances of the Liberty profile


Yes
New Runtime Provisioning Service commissions only those components that are required for a given set of applications
Yes Yes Yes
Administration console now provides support for WebSphere DataPower® SOA Appliance (WebSphere DataPower)
Yes Yes Yes
Support for properties file-based configuration enables you to extract a WebSphere Application Server configuration from one environment into a properties file and apply it to the same or other environments while parameterizing platform-specific configuration
Yes Yes Yes
Enhanced administrative scripting for wsadmin extends Command Assistant to an even greater number of administrative screens
Yes Yes Yes
WebSphere Business Level Applications enables new formats for deployment packages and can help significantly improve the management of multiformat applications
Yes Yes Yes
WebSphere Secure Proxy offers a new DMZ Hardened Proxy profile option minimizes the number of external ports opened
Yes Yes Yes
WebSphere Security Domains offers security controls with improved granularity and flexibility in configuring security under centralized management and enables separation of WebSphere Application Server administrative security and your business application security
Yes Yes Yes
Enhanced messaging infrastructure resiliency


Yes
Enhanced Memory Leak Detection and and Protection


Yes
ITCAM for WAS (web download for v8.5)
Yes Yes Yes
Enhanced administrative scripting for wsadmin extends Command Assistant to an even greater number of administrative screens


Yes
Simplify restoration of earlier configuration checkpoints and record all configuration updates in security audit log


Yes

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