IBM WebSphere Application Server adds support for additional Java EE 7 components and for Docker container through continuous delivery

IBM United States Software Announcement 215-084
February 17, 2015

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IBM® WebSphere® Application Server delivers a set of new features and functions, continuing the iterative delivery of new capabilities that build upon V8.5.5. It offers enhancements to the WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile (Liberty profile) and full profile for development and production environments. Many of these new features are optionally installable features from the WebSphere Liberty Repository. These new features can be used along with those already available through WebSphere Liberty Repository.

Enhancements to WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile include:

WebSphere Application Server Liberty V9 Beta with EE7 is now available and provides several additional components for Java EE 7. It enables developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage Java applications. The Beta also provides additional functions, such as WebRTC and Log Analytics.

WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile already provides no-charge runtime for use in a development environment. It now adds a no-charge and no-support option for web-centric applications for usage in test and production environments. Usage in test and production environments is restricted to a maximum of 2 GB of JVM heap size across all instances of application servers for the licensee.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).



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New features of the WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile provide enhancements in terms of user experience and high-end resiliency. For developers, new programming models, tools, and custom Docker images on Docker Hub offer enhanced developer experience that accelerates the pace of delivery of engaging applications for cloud, mobile, and web-based applications. Docker Hub now contains a pre-built Docker image that contains WebSphere Application Server for Developers Liberty profile and IBM Java Runtime Environment to help customers get the lightweight Liberty server up and running quickly in their Docker environment with just a single command.

The new set of features and functions for WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 continues to help customers focus on:

For businesses that need to build, deploy, and manage innovative applications for cloud and mobile, WebSphere Application Server supports a wide range of cloud deployment environments with many options that deliver license mobility between public cloud implementations and on-premises implementations. The expanded choice of deployment options helps customers determine and select the right environment to run and grow their business:



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March 13, 2015: Electronic delivery



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New features of Liberty profile are delivered in the WebSphere Liberty Repository, an online repository that delivers Liberty profile platform extensions and production support consistent with existing entitlements. These features and functions provide programming model components and tooling for accelerated delivery of innovative applications, operational efficiency, reliability, administration, security, and control. These features can be easily integrated with existing development and production environments.

WebSphere Application Server adds production support for Docker environments. An Ubuntu-based Docker image that contains WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile and Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is provided as both an example of such technology and a starting point for ease of use. In addition, a Dockerfile is provided for the Liberty profile, which customers can use to build their own Docker image. Developers and administrators can easily download and run applications on pre-provisioned hosts (on-premises or cloud hardware) containing Docker engines.

WebSphere Liberty Repository now contains the following Java EE 7 compliant programming model support for:

Liberty profile now supports Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE 8), a major feature release which contains new features and enhancements that are targeted to improve developer productivity and application performance improvements.

WebSphere Liberty Administration Center enhancements

New capabilities allow for easier management of large deployments, as well as providing more information about servers and applications within a collective.

WebSphere Liberty Repository also contains the following enhancement in the area of security for WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile:

This enhancement is in addition to the previously announced support for OpenID and OpenID Connect protocols to help simplify the task of authenticating users across multiple trust domains.

WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools provide plug-ins from the Eclipse Marketplace that can be installed into an existing Eclipse environment to support development for WebSphere Application Server. WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools deliver a set of tools for developing, assembling, and deploying Java EE, OSGi, Web 2.0, and mobile web applications to WebSphere Application Server, which includes the Liberty profile. In addition, IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix provides plug-ins that can be installed into an existing Eclipse environment to assist in integrating the developer's integrated development environment (IDE) with Bluemix. The tools allow you to deploy your JavaScript, WAR (web archive) and EAR (enterprise archive) files, and Liberty profile packaged servers to the Bluemix server right from your Eclipse IDE, or WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools. The tools also allow customers to create and link services to their application and define environment variables as part of the deployment.

WebSphere Application Server Patterns 1.0 adds support for deployment of WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core edition and WebSphere Application Server. These are in addition to currently available WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment edition and allow customers to quickly create and configure their virtualized environment using IBM PureApplication Service on SoftLayer. Support is provided for both the full profile and the Liberty profile. This allows you to quickly extend your applications from on-premises to off-premises, and creates a seamless, hybrid cloud environment.

WebSphere Liberty Repository contains the following migration enhancements to WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile:

Accessibility by people with disabilities

The following features support use by people with disabilities:

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on the products accessibility compliance can be requested through the IBM website

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 is capable as of March 13, 2015, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.



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Consistent with the previously announced statement of direction, IBM intends to certify WebSphere Application Server to Java EE 7 full platform compliance. WebSphere Application Server has made good progress towards this with the WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile features that were made available in WebSphere Liberty Repository through the continuous delivery model. WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile intends to complete Java EE 7 full-platform compliance by using this approach. In addition, it remains the intention of IBM to certify WebSphere Application Server full profile to Java EE 7 full-platform compliance.

IBM's statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM's sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it 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 our products remain at our sole discretion.



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For information about WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 continuous delivery, refer to Software Announcement 214-445, dated October 1, 2014.

For information about WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 continuous delivery, refer to Software Announcement 214-184, dated April 22, 2014.

For information about WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5, refer to Software Announcement 213-137, dated April 23, 2013.

For information about WebSphere Application Server for z/OS®, V8.5 continuous delivery, refer to Software Announcement 214-464, dated October 1, 2014.

For information about WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, V8.5 environments, refer to Software Announcement 213-174, dated April 23, 2013.



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Program                 Program
number        VRM       name
 
5724-J08      8.5.5     WebSphere Application Server
5725-L29      8.5.5     WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core
5724-I63      8.5.5     WebSphere Application Server - Express
5724-H88      8.5.5     WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment
5724-H89      8.5.5     WebSphere Application Server for Developers
5725-F49      8.5.5     WebSphere Application Server - Tools Edition
5725-F51      8.5.5     WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment
                         - Tools Edition
5725-F50      8.5.5     WebSphere Application Server for Developers -
                         Tools Edition for Eclipse


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The latest product documentation for WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 is found in IBM Knowledge Center at

http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter

IBM Knowledge Center is the new home for IBM product documentation. It brings IBM's technical publications together in a single location, and replaces over 800 individual product Information Centers. IBM Knowledge Center simplifies the user experience, improves search, and refines the overall experience with other enhancements. Locate the desired WebSphere Application Server offering from the product list to obtain the product documentation. To learn more about how to use the WebSphere Application Server documentation in IBM Knowledge Center, see

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qFEFCm0Stg

You can find information on installing the continuous delivery features in the WebSphere Application Server product documentation. No hardcopy publications are shipped with this product. Using IBM Knowledge Center, users can define collections and produce custom PDF documents for their collections.

For optimal viewing of this documentation, browser support for JavaScript and related technologies is required.



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For WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 ordering information, refer to Software Announcement 213-137, dated April 23, 2013.

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The terms and conditions for WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 remain as previously announced in 213-137, dated April 23, 2013, with the following enhancements to the WebSphere Application Server Program license terms:



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The prices are unchanged by this announcement.

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