IBM WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5 delivers enhancements for operational modernization and revised Support Lifecycle policies

IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP19-0203
April 2, 2019

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At a glance

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IBM® WebSphere® Application Server V9.0.5, with its traditional and Liberty runtimes, continues to offer industry-leading, production-ready, standards-based Java™ Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) architecture. Version 9.0.5 is the next fix pack for WebSphere Application Server that follows Version 9.0.0.11. In addition, WebSphere Liberty supports the full Java EE 8 and implements the latest Eclipse MicroProfile specifications.

New in Version 9.0.5:

  • Ability for clients to modernize their existing environments, at a pace dictated by business needs, that begins with efficiencies gained through Operational Modernization.
  • Capability to take advantage of container technology by using certified Kubernetes deployments to help accelerate the pace of development and deployment. This is made easier with WebSphere Liberty Cloud Pak and traditional WebSphere Application Server Cloud Pak.
  • Application Navigator to provide holistic, real-time visibility and application awareness across multi-cloud workloads and assist in root-cause analysis with a simplified app-centric management for hybrid deployments.
  • Liberty advisor, that is part of the broader Transformation Advisor capability in IBM Cloud™ Private, is a new feature built into the traditional WebSphere Administrative Console. It can analyze enterprise applications and generate a detailed report with advice for deploying the apps with WebSphere Application Server Liberty.
  • Capability for current WebSphere Application Server V9.0 license holders to trade up to IBM Cloud Application Platform.
  • Enhanced '5+3' Support Lifecycle to provide a minimum of five full years of standard support for WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5 from its availability date, with the option of support extension.

WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5 helps to accelerate the delivery of innovative applications with its combination of operational efficiency, reliability, administration, security, and control.



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Overview

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Developers want solutions that provide an iterative approach to application modernization. These solutions must be based on business needs and application complexity. Priority must be given to solutions that take advantage of existing software investments and a trusted infrastructure. In addition, adoption of new technologies must be controlled and implemented at an organization's own pace.

Success in the new era depends on how enterprises transform IT to bring increased agility and speed to their existing business. As enterprise IT is required to implement business strategies to enter new markets, reach new customers, and drive competitive differentiation, IT needs a new way to build software that is faster, more flexible, and more serviceable.

Reusable components are also required to allow for rapid assembly of applications in support of dynamic business needs. This approach requires an application platform that offers:

  • Modular architectures
  • Next-generation integration techniques
  • A cloud-first, mobile-first mindset
  • Seamless portability across a hybrid landscape

WebSphere Application Server, with its traditional and Liberty runtimes, offers production-ready, standards-based compliance to support the Application Modernization strategies that underpin business transformation. Additional features and enhancements to WebSphere Application Server offer an ideal infrastructure that is well-suited for enterprise IT, upon which businesses can deliver composable applications and enhancements to help operational modernization. Converging the operational models of traditional WebSphere Application Server and Kubernetes takes advantage of Kubernetes platform services, such as logging and monitoring. This helps to enable secure, flexible, and efficient access to internal or external software components and services. These enhancements ease integration of WebSphere runtimes in the DevOps workflows to provide continuous integration and continuous delivery to container-based Kubernetes environments such as IBM Cloud.

  • WebSphere Liberty is Java EE 8 compatible and built on the open source Open Liberty project. Java EE 8 updates include:
    • Reactive client and server-side events in JAX-RS 2.1
    • Asynchronous events in CDI 2.0, Servlet 4.0 that includes HTTP/2 support
    • Java Server Faces (JSF) 2.3 and Java Persistence API (JPA) 2.2

      In addition to the Java EE 8 updates, clients can now deploy their Spring Boot applications to WebSphere Liberty, control certificate mapping to users, document RESTful APIs with OpenAPI, and configure single logout for single sign-on (SSO) applications.

  • WebSphere Liberty supports the Eclipse MicroProfile programming model to develop microservice applications. MicroProfile complements the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 8 programming models. While Java EE provides a solid foundation to create microservices, it also needed technologies and programming models that better suit microservices applications. Therefore, IBM and other companies worked together to launch MicroProfile, an open collaboration between developers, the community, and vendors.
  • WebSphere Liberty (19.0.0.1 and newer) supports Java SE 11, as provided by OpenJDK with OpenJ9 (11.02 and newer).
  • Kubernetes support accelerates delivery of modern applications with easier integration of WebSphere Application Server into the clients' DevOps tools chain. Use of WebSphere Application Server with Kubernetes enables seamless portability to deliver applications from development, to test, and to production across a hybrid landscape, and supports the management of WebSphere Application Server Docker containers as part of a broader Docker-centric ecosystem.
  • WebSphere Liberty and traditional WebSphere Application Server Cloud Paks for IBM Cloud Private to run Docker containers in an orchestration environment such as Kubernetes, with a set of related artifacts that include:
    • Ingress setup
    • Horizontal auto-scaling policies
    • Persistent transactions
    • Dynamically mounted configuration
    • Logging and metrics dashboards
    • Session caching
    • Node affinity rules
    • And more

      These artifacts are easily configured, shared, and deployed. WebSphere Liberty and traditional WebSphere Application Server Cloud Paks are a set of pre-packaged enterprise capabilities for deployment, lifecycle management, and production use cases for IBM Cloud Private and IBM Kubernetes Service.

  • WebSphere Liberty applications that are easy to deploy to OpenShift and Pivotal Cloud Foundry that run in:
    • IBM Cloud
    • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • Microsoft™ Azure
    • Google Cloud

      In addition, WebSphere Liberty applications are easily deployed to on-premises environments and can apply sub-capacity charging through suitable configurations.

This announcement and IBM Cloud Application Platform V2.0 Software Announcement dated February 26, 2019 satisfy the statement of direction on WebSphere Application Server enhancements. For more information on IBM Cloud Application Platform V2.0, see Software Announcement ZP19-0178, dated February 26, 2019.

For details of the statement of direction for WebSphere Application Server enhancements, see Software Announcement ZP19-0158, dated February 12, 2019.



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Key requirements

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Runs on various releases of AIX®, HP-UX, IBM iOS, Linux®, Solaris, Windows™, and Ubuntu operating systems.



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Planned availability date

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June 28, 2019

See the Availability of national languages section for national language availability.



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Description

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WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5 enhancements help converge the operational models of traditional WebSphere and Kubernetes. Existing applications can take advantage of Kubernetes platform services, such as logging and monitoring, to enable both existing and net-new applications to be managed in a consistent way. WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5, in conjunction with IBM Cloud Private or IBM Cloud Application Platform, enables clients to create and deploy Java 8-based microservices by using MicroProfile and Kubernetes with the skills and experience they already possess. WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5 accelerates the transition to containers with simplified app-centric management for hybrid deployments, proactive problem determination, and logging and monitoring.

For information on IBM Cloud Application Platform V2.0, see Software Announcement ZP19-0178, dated February 26, 2019.

WebSphere Application Server is a proven, high-performance transactional runtime that helps clients build, run, integrate, and manage dynamic business applications. WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5 now brings the latest in Java enterprise standards to WebSphere Application Server.

All WebSphere Application Server editions are built on a common server foundation that is designed to deliver the same Java EE and broad programming model support and transactional runtime. However, WebSphere Liberty is designed and optimized for fast-paced deployments of applications that deliver business value through continuous integration and delivery.

WebSphere Application Server traditional and WebSphere Liberty continue to deliver the highest level of enterprise qualities of services that are required for the most demanding workloads. These include rock-solid security, high availability, reliability, and serviceability, a high-performance transaction engine, and intelligent management capabilities that minimize end-user outages and maximize operations.

WebSphere Liberty, while maintaining cloud-friendly aspects, such as light weight and fast startup, extends these capabilities through additional programming models and ease of integration with DevOps workflows that shorten the delivery lifecycle of modern applications.

WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5 delivers the Application Navigator feature for application developers and owners to provide a complete management view of their WebSphere application assets across Kubernetes clusters and WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment cells and collectives. It provides a simplified single view to drill down to different aspects of the application to simplify lifecycle management, health, and performance. Application Navigator allows multi-component applications to be viewed and managed, and seamlessly extends into IBM Multicloud Manager where multi-cluster, policy-based automation and placement is controlled.

Another new feature in WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5 is Liberty advisor, a complementary part of the broader Transformation Advisor capability in IBM Cloud Private. Liberty advisor is built into the traditional WebSphere Administrative Console. It analyzes the enterprise applications that clients select. Then, they can quickly see at a glance apps that are ready for deployment to WebSphere Application Server Liberty and that need some additional modification. Clients can view the detailed report that is generated to get recommendations and advice for preparing the apps for deployment to WebSphere Application Server Liberty.

WebSphere Application Server offers trade-up part numbers as a convenient pathway to migrate to IBM Cloud Application Platform. For example, a client who has previously acquired a license for WebSphere Application Server can now trade up to IBM Cloud Application Platform. In order to be eligible to acquire equivalent licenses of the trade-up products, clients must have previously acquired licenses and have active Software Subscription and Support (S&S) in place for all of the licenses of WebSphere Application Server that will be given up by the use of the trade-up part numbers. Clients with lapsed support of WebSphere Application Server must reinstate their S&S contracts to be eligible for trade-up options to IBM Cloud Application Platform.

WebSphere Liberty (19.0.0.1 and newer) now supports Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) 11, as provided by OpenJDK with OpenJ9 (11.0.2 and newer). Java SE 11 was released in September 2018. It is the first long term support (LTS) major release since Java SE 8. Java SE 9 and Java SE 10 were released earlier, but these were not LTS releases. There have been a lot of enhancements to Java between Java 8 and 11, such as Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3, local variables, the Flow API (Reactive Streams), and more. The correct OpenJDK 11 can be downloaded from AdoptOpenJDK. The Open Liberty security team found a few important compatibility bugs that were fixed in OpenJDK 11.0.2.

Support Lifecycle policies

Beginning January 2019, WebSphere Liberty started to deliver electronic updates every 4 weeks (up to 13 per year), rather than once every quarter. With this change, IBM revised the continuous delivery Support Lifecycle policies for both WebSphere Liberty and traditional WebSphere Application Server.

WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment offerings provide entitlement to two different application servers:

  • WebSphere Application Server traditional
  • WebSphere Liberty

While a single Software Support Lifecycle policy usually governs an offering by program-number level, in this case WebSphere Application Server traditional and WebSphere Liberty each have their own Software Support Lifecycle policy.

WebSphere Application Server traditional continues to adhere to the Enhanced IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy that provides:

WebSphere Liberty adheres to a Single Stream Continuous Delivery (SSCD) Software Support Lifecycle policy that differs from the IBM Continuous Delivery Software Support Lifecycle Policy. Because WebSphere Liberty consists of a single code stream with many Continuous Delivery (CD) updates each year, there are certain limits placed on supported CD updates. This provides the most optimal support to a broad client base and also allows clients to adopt CD updates at their own pace. For details, see the Single Stream Continuous Delivery (SSCD) Software Support Lifecycle Policy: WebSphere Liberty website.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Accessibility Compliance Report containing details on accessibility compliance can be found on the Product accessibility information website.



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Product positioning

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The WebSphere Application Server family offers several configuration options and support for multiple business models and deployment platforms. It also supports a wide range of scenarios:

  • Open-source-based projects and projects with no readily available budget
  • Simple administration of a single server environment
  • A clustered, highly available, high-volume environment with edge-of-network services

WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5 configurations are built on a common server foundation that delivers the same Java EE 8 and broad programming model support. Its proven transactional engine delivers increasingly higher qualities of service across product configurations. This offers unparalleled flexibility to incrementally add higher quality of service to applications as business needs change, without the cost of rearchitecting, reprogramming, or migrating to different technology bases.

WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core

WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core, a lightweight and dynamic offering of WebSphere Application Server, is Java EE 8 web profile compliant. Composed entirely of the developer-friendly Liberty profile, the WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core edition enables rapid development and deployment of web-centric and mobile-centric applications. It allows businesses to quickly respond to enterprise and market needs. Liberty profile servers can be members of collectives that enables them to be managed by a collective controller from a Network Deployment installation. The capabilities that are provided in the Liberty Core edition are a subset of the capabilities that are provided in the WebSphere Application Server and Network Deployment editions.

Highlights of the Liberty Core offering include:

  • Extremely lightweight offering that is composed of a subset of the Liberty profile, which is certified for the Java EE 8 Web Profile and implements the latest MicroProfile specifications in addition to Java EE 8.
  • An excellent development and production runtime for web applications.
  • Fast time-to-value.
  • Small download, small footprint, fast startup, and easily packaged applications. Includes configuration for deployment and is extensible through WebSphere Liberty features SPI.

WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5

WebSphere Application Server is tailored for a single server to moderately-sized configurations of departmental or large-scale, dynamic web applications that require web-tier clustering and failover across application server instances, and a variety of pricing alternatives. The Liberty capabilities include a superset of those found in WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core. They provide additional programming models, such as Web Services, full EJB, and Java Message Service. Liberty profile can be members of collectives, that enable it to be managed by a collective controller from a Network Deployment installation. It enables load balancing across servers, and includes WebSphere eXtreme Scale with support for session caching and DynaCache.

WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V9.0.5

WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment edition offers enterprises near-continuous availability, advanced management, and automated performance optimization for their mission-critical applications. WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment capabilities include a superset of those found in WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core, and WebSphere Application Server configuration. It offers:

  • World-class, clustering, and high-availability management to help eliminate the cost of system downtime
  • Auto-scaling, auto-routing, and internet-scale clustering for intelligent and efficient management of compute resources
  • To support batch modernization and modern batch projects, enterprise-level, Java batch capabilities, such as:
    • Parallel job processing
    • Job checkpoints and restart
    • Workload management
    • Shared OLTP and batch processing
  • Edge components, which offer sophisticated load balancing, caching, and centralized security for enhanced performance at the edge of the network
  • Advanced, centralized management and administration to make management of more complex environments less time-consuming and resource-consuming
  • Enterprise-proven, leading security capabilities to safeguard your business
  • High performance that maximizes business competitiveness while minimizing total cost of ownership
  • Liberty profile collective cluster administration that improves resiliency of server and provides high availability for mission-critical applications

WebSphere Application Server for z/OS®, V9.0.5

WebSphere Application Server for z/OS offers all the capabilities that are available in the WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment. In addition, the offering takes advantage of the unique qualities of service of IBM z Systems® hardware and the z/OS operating system, such as:

  • Policy-driven workload management
  • Advanced transactional integrity
  • Unsurpassed scalability and availability
  • Built-in enterprise security capabilities
  • And more

Also, WebSphere Application Server for z/OS includes z/OS-specific features that large enterprise customers can appreciate, such as:

  • IBM z/OS Connect
  • WebSphere optimized local adapters

IBM Cloud Application Platform

This integrated solution helps to modernize clients' applications to cloud native deployments under an offering with flexible entitlement. With this platform, clients get the leading IBM platform solutions in one bundle, without having to choose between private cloud-based platforms or traditional server deployments, or public cloud WebSphere deployments. The platform offers all of those platform options, with the ability to mix and match as clients need today and the flexibility to change that mix over time as they transition and create more applications for the cloud. The programs that are included are full function and all are made available by using the easy-to-understand Virtual Processor Core (VPC) pricing metric. A VPC ratio table is used to define program entitlements per VPC.

IBM Cloud Application Platform helps clients to:

  • Build cloud native applications with IBM Cloud Private Cloud Native edition
  • Modernize existing WebSphere environments to the next-generation IBM platform, IBM Cloud Private, with all of the necessary tools, such as IBM Transformation Advisor and Microclimate
  • Deploy WebSphere Application Server ND, WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core, Cloud Private Cloud Native edition, Cloud Automation Manager, and Cloud Foundry for ultimate flexibility to deploy applications on VMs or containers
  • Deploy and undeploy bundled products at any time
  • Take advantage of flexible entitlement that ensures clients have sufficient entitlements before, during, and after a modernization project
  • Use a simple and consistent metric, Virtual Processor Core, which can be tracked by either IBM Cloud Private Metering or IBM License Metric Tool
  • Trade up to IBM Cloud Application Platform from the following products:
    • Cloud Private Cloud Native
    • Cloud Automation Manager
    • WebSphere Application Server ND
    • WebSphere Application Server
    • WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core


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Statement of general direction

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IBM intends to provide future general availability releases of WebSphere Application Server that will support Jakarta Enterprise Edition (EE). In addition, to help accelerate business application development for a cloud-native world, IBM intends to collaborate with leading software vendors and open software community to move Java EE technologies to the Eclipse Foundation where they will evolve under the Jakarta EE brand. Jakarta EE represents the best way to drive cloud-native, mission-critical applications and build upon the decades of experience of real-world deployments and developers.

Statements by IBM regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at the sole discretion of IBM. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline general product direction and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for IBM products remain at the sole discretion of IBM.



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Reference information

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For complete product information about WebSphere Application Server V9.0, see Software Announcement ZP17-0176, dated March 14, 2017.



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Availability of national languages

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Description Availability date Language
WebSphere Application Server June 28, 2019 English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core June 28,2019 English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment June 28, 2019 English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
WebSphere Application Server Family Edition June 28, 2019 English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

Translation information, if available, can be found at the Translation Reports website.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5724-J08 9.0.5 WebSphere Application Server
5725-L29 CD WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core
5724-H88 9.0.5 WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment
5725-Y70 9.0.5 WebSphere Application Server Family Edition

Note: WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core is a continuous delivery (CD) offering.



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Publications

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WebSphere Application Server product documentation is available in IBM Knowledge Center.



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Services

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Global Technology Services

Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings for the efficient installation, implementation, or integration of this product.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

Minimum WebSphere Application Server operating systems:

  • AIX V7.1 TL4 (64 bit)
  • AIX V7.2
  • HP-UX 11i V3 IA64
  • IBM iOS 7.1 (64)
  • IBM iOS 7.2 (64)
  • IBM iOS 7.3 (64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) POWER® 7.0 BE
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) POWER 7.1 LE
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) System z® 7.0
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.0 update 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) POWER 6.0 update 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) System z 6.0 update 6
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP 2
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) POWER 11SP 2
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) System z 11 SP 2
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) POWER 12 LE
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) System z 12
  • Solaris 11.1 x86-64
  • Solaris 11.1 SPARC
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x86-64
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS PPC64 Little Endian
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS x86-64
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS PPC64 Little Endian
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS System z
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

For complete details, refer to WebSphere Application Server detailed system requirements.

Planning information

Packaging

WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5 is distributed by electronic download.

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, which will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.



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Ordering information

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For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner, or go to the Passport Advantage® website.

This product is available only through Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by authorized IBM Business Partners for Channel Value Rewards.

More information can be found on the IBM Channel Value Rewards website.

To locate IBM Business Partners for Channel Value Rewards in your geography for a specific Channel Value Rewards portfolio, go to the Find a Business Partner page.


Passport Advantage

Ordering information for WebSphere Application Server is unchanged. See Software Announcement ZP17-0176, dated March 14, 2017 for complete details.


Passport Advantage trade-up

New part numbers

WebSphere Application Server V9.0.5 introduces the following new trade-up part numbers:

Precursor product Trade-up product Trade-up part number
IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment 70 PVUs IBM Cloud Application Platform Virtual Processor Core Trade-up License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D22H4LL
IBM WebSphere Application Server 280 PVUs IBM Cloud Application Platform Virtual Processor Core Trade-up License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D22H5LL
IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core 560 PVUs IBM Cloud Application Platform Virtual Processor Core Trade-up License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months D22H6LL

For all other currently available part numbers, see Software Announcement ZP17-0176, dated March 14, 2017.

You must have previously acquired a license for the precursor products to be eligible to acquire equivalent licenses of the trade-up products.

Consult your IBM representative if you have any questions.


Cross-platform product for use on z Systems® Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engines or zEnterprise® BladeCenter Extension

There is no new ordering information in this release. For available part numbers, see Software Announcement ZP17-0176, dated March 14, 2017.

Charge metric

The charge metrics for these licensed products can be found in the following License Information documents:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5724-J08 WebSphere Application Server L-CTUR-BAF54C
5725-L29 WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core L-CTUR-BAF56V
5724-H88 WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment L-CTUR-BAF585
5725-Y70 WebSphere Application Server Family Edition L-CTUR-BAFHV6

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the "Charge Metrics" section. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

Processor Value Unit (PVU) sub-capacity licensing

This software product is eligible for sub-capacity licensing. Clients must obtain Proofs of Entitlement (PoEs) for the maximum processor core capacity available to an eligible sub-capacity product when deployed in an eligible virtualization environment. This is also referred to as sub-capacity or virtualization capacity licensing.

Clients must use the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) unless they meet the exceptions described on the ILMT website.

For information regarding PVU sub-capacity licensing, see the Passport Advantage® Virtualization Capacity (Sub-capacity) Licensing website.



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Terms and conditions

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

This product is available only through Passport Advantage.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use. Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

Software Maintenance

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License Information number

The following License Information documents apply to the offerings in this announcement:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5724-J08 WebSphere Application Server L-CTUR-BAF54C
5725-L29 WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core L-CTUR-BAF56V
5724-H88 WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment L-CTUR-BAF585
5725-Y70 WebSphere Application Server Family Edition L-CTUR-BAFHV6

Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes.

Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, see the IBM Support Guide.

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Program technical support

Technical support of a program product version or release will be available for a minimum of five years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) is in effect.

This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (by telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) also provides you with access to updates (modifications or fixes), releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, through an announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

For additional information on the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy, see the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy website.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that (1) for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program and (2) for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Volume orders (IVO)

No.

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express® website.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support, also referred to as Software Maintenance, is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and Technical Support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short-duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance by telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, see the IBM Support Guide. Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the applicable agreements.

Unless specified otherwise in a written agreement with you, IBM does not provide support for third-party products that were not provided by IBM. Ensure that when contacting IBM for covered support, you follow problem determination and other instructions that IBM provides, including in the IBM Support Guide.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, go to the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Variable charges apply

No.

Educational allowance available

Education allowance does not apply. Education software allowance does not apply. Special education prices are available for qualified clients through Passport Advantage.



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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through intrusion prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a regulatory compliant, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Prices

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The prices are unchanged by this announcement.

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified clients to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all client segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or go to the IBM Global Financing website for more information.

IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government clients. Rates are based on a client's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.

Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, permits accelerated implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit-qualified customers.



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Announcement countries

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All European, Middle Eastern, and African countries, except Islamic Republic of Iran, Sudan, and Syrian Arab Republic.

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