IBM United States
Software Announcement 202-280
October 8, 2002

IBM WebSphere Telecom Application Server and Toolkit V1.2 Delivers Enhanced Services for Enterprise Applications and Data

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At a Glance

WebSphere Telecom Application Server and Toolkit V1.2 delivers:

  • Server support for deployment of new intelligent services using WebSphere Server Advanced Edition
  • Toolkit support for creating services using WebSphere Studio Application Developer
  • Java and Parlay/OSA V2.1 protocol support
  • Services may be made available based on your needs and the availability of skills to:
    • Extend the server by adding new protocols
    • Integrate applications with existing systems or develop new systems

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

Overview

WebSphere Telecom Application Server helps lower the cost of developing and deploying new intelligent applications while reducing the time to market for telecom and other service providers. Telecom service providers can protect their investment in legacy Public Switched Telephone Networks (PSTN) while bridging to next-generation IP networks of wireless, cable, and broadband.

WebSphere Telecom Application Server can help you create and deploy a new class of e-business applications that bridge voice and data applications, bringing together and integrating telecommunications networks with enterprise IT applications and data.

Used in conjunction with WebSphere Studio Application Developer, the toolkit helps you easily create value-add telecom services and e-business solutions that make use of the open standard Parlay APIs to access telecom networks.

The application server extends WebSphere Application Server, enabling a robust services platform for the delivery of new integrated e-business services that can access and use telecom networks.

The server uses open standards such as Java and Parlay/OSA to connect to the Ericsson Jambala Service Capability Server Gateway for connectivity to the PSTN (CSI+) and wireless (CAPv2, GSM) networks.

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Key Prerequisites

  • WebSphere Studio Application Developer V4.0 for the development of applications using the toolkit
  • WebSphere Application Server, Advanced Edition V4.0 for the deployment of applications using the server

Planned Availability Date

October 11, 2002

Description

WebSphere Telecom Application Server and Toolkit V1.2, a platform for telecommunications services, delivers a standards-based service creation environment based on industry-leading toolsets. It helps you make the transition from proprietary solutions based on network elements operating within the Public Switched Telephone Networks (PSTN) to those based on open standards that operate on service provider and customer IP networks. By supporting the execution of services that interoperate with existing and new networks through an industry-standard Parlay interface, service providers can deploy applications that span networks and applications from third-party providers to deploy on industry-standard servers.

You can build new applications with the WebSphere Telecom Application Toolkit and the WebSphere Studio Application Developer and deploy them with WebSphere Telecom Application Server. Thus, application creation and execution evolves from a highly specialized, platform-specific model to an open model that builds on proven technologies and products and a robust telecom foundation defined by Parlay. This new model for application creation and execution can reduce the dependency on advanced telecom equipment skills.

  • Application creators focus on new service function and customization to address new market opportunities quickly.
  • Service providers can easily integrate these new applications into their management infrastructure using standard management interfaces.

WebSphere Telecom Application Server and Toolkit V1.2 provides enablement technologies for four types of customers:

  • For the telecommunications equipment manufacturer, it delivers the application server portion of an execution platform. It can host applications in an adjunct role to network elements.
  • For the application creator, it delivers creation and execution environments on rich foundations. The application creation tool set is an extension of the WebSphere Studio tool set. Provisioning interfaces are built using JavaServer Pages (JSPs) with WebSphere Studio. Deployment packaging is provided directly from WebSphere Studio.
  • For the telecom service provider, it delivers a rich deployment platform that integrates telecom function with IT middleware to create high-value applications. The service provider can purchase applications off the shelf from third-party vendors building to an industry-standard platform. Application providers use the same tool set as the application vendor to create customized versions of services for individual customers.
  • For independent software vendors (ISVs), it offers new ways to extend existing applications to take advantage of the telecom network. ISVs can learn more about the server and toolkit and get technical support for enabling their applications by participating in the Development Center for Telecom for e-business, a PartnerWorld® for developers benefit available in selected IBM Solution Partnership Centers.

The next generation of enhanced services combines the routing knowledge and connection capabilities of the telecom network with personal and corporate knowledge to deliver highly personalized services. You can use e-business technologies to customize these applications.

WebSphere Telecom Application Server and Toolkit V1.2 is the glue that binds the telecom and e-business technologies.

What Is WebSphere Telecom Application Server and Toolkit V1.2?

What it is:

  • Application server that hosts enhanced services, managing their run-time execution
  • An IP-based server, deployed within a service provider network
  • A server based on Parlay telecom standard
  • An interface to standards-based Internet platforms implementing application server components such as servlets, JSPs, and Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs)
  • An interface to enterprise platforms that implements application resources such as SQL databases, messaging, and transaction systems

What it is not:

  • Soft switch, call agent, Parlay gateway, or SS7 gateway
  • Service control point, intelligent peripheral, or service node
  • Media gateway

The server serves as a host for enhanced services; for example, it can host applications that integrate call forwarding with corporate-calendaring software to provide forwarding based on a user's calendar entries. It is not suited for hosting high-transaction, low-latency services such as 800-number (free) phone translation or critical, five-nines services such as 911 (emergency) calls. These types of applications do not require the extended function offered by the application server and toolkit, and might be sensitive to the added network segments necessary to access the servers.

Creating Telecom Services

Today, building applications and services that access or extend the telecommunication networks is a very difficult task. It requires a select set of skills and knowledge of individual pieces of equipment and a variety of telecom protocols. Few ISVs provide telecom services; customer applications that leverage telecom facilities are limited to simple phone functions provided by APIs such as TAPI and TSAPI.

To make the creation and execution of telecom services widely accessible and deployable, you need a new approach that addresses the following areas:

  • A development environment for new services based on open standards, modern development tools, and ease of creation
  • An environment available to developers within the telecom industry and to enterprise and independent developers
  • A deployment infrastructure based on open standards that enables a robust, managed environment supported across a variety of platforms
  • Integration services for service providers and enterprises to use in rapidly building, installing, and deploying new services
  • Customization of services for developers with programming skills and telecom service knowledge, but without telecom network equipment or SS7 skills
  • High-value application customization through the integration of telecom capabilities with service provider, enterprise, and individual customer data

WebSphere Telecom Application Server and Toolkit V1.2 addresses these areas with:

  • Support for the Parlay/OSA standards defined by a large cross-section of telecom industry manufacturers, service providers, and software providers
  • Industry-leading Java Virtual Machines with a focus on reliability and performance to ensure Java-based solutions are deployable for real world use by service providers and enterprises
  • WebSphere Studio Application Developer programming tool set, widely recognized for its high-productivity programming environment, including source code management, rapid development, testing, and debugging
  • WebSphere Application Server, a market leader in the delivery of Java server technologies including servlets, JSPs, and EJBs, widely used across many industries for mission critical e-business applications
  • Availability of telecom services specialists through IBM Global Services and business partners in the telecom industry ready to integrate the server and toolkit in existing networks and to create new services for service provider and enterprises
  • Industry-standard tools, manufacturers, service providers, ISVs, ASPs, and enterprises that extend and customize services to create new value-added services

WebSphere Telecom Application Server and Toolkit V1.2 is built on the experience and knowledge of telecom industry-standards organizations and experience.

Who Uses WebSphere Telecom Application Server and Toolkit V1.2?

  • Service creation developer:

    Designs and implements services using the toolkit and Parlay protocol APIs

  • Web provisioning interface developer:

    Designs and creates the Web-based provisioning interface for the service (if it has one)

  • Server administrator:

    Installs and maintains the application server including the addition of new services and removal of old services; also manages Web application servers that might host provisioning applications

These roles can be carried out by separate people or by the same person, depending on the organization.

One or two developers can assume the three primary roles, and develop and deploy in a local configuration. For example, a service creation developer might have a development workstation and server, and a Web provisioning interface developer might have a workstation and share the service creation developer's server. The server would host both the Parlay and Web application servers, and the two people would likely share the administration duties.

Summary

WebSphere Telecom Application Server and Toolkit V1.2 is the next stage in the evolution of enhanced services hosting. It delivers not only a new platform, but also a new concept of what enhanced services can do.

Trademarks

 
WebSphere and PartnerWorld are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Offering Information

Product information is available through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:

Publications

No printed publications are shipped with this program.

Documentation is provided as a part of the program software and can be reviewed online and printed. This includes a guide for getting started, implementation, configuration, help screens, and License Information (LI).

Technical Information

Hardware Requirements

For the toolkit:

IBM, or equivalent, PC with Intel® Pentium® III/AMD processor at 500 MHz, or higher, with a minimum of:

  • 512 MB memory
  • 30 MB free disk space after software prerequisites are installed
  • CD-ROM
  • Video card
  • Display capable of 1024 x 768 x 16, or higher
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse

For the server:

IBM eServer pSeries™, Intel, or Sun Sparc systems (recommended configuration for deployment is at least two systems — one for backup purposes) with a minimum of:

  • 300 MHz processor server
  • 1 GB memory on each server
  • 20 MB free disk space after software prerequisites are installed
  • Network adapter such as an Ethernet card
  • CD-ROM
  • Monitor display
  • Graphics adapter
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse

Software Requirements

For the toolkit:

  • Windows NT® Workstation 4.0 Service Pack 6, or higher, or Windows® 2000 Service Pack 1 or Linux Red Hat 7.2
  • WebSphere® Studio Application Developer V4.0
  • DB2 Universal Database® (UDB) Enterprise Edition V7.2
  • Ericsson OSA/Jambala Simulator (for predeployment testing of service)

For the server:

  • AIX® V4.3.3, AIX V5.1, Sun Solaris V2.8, or Linux Red Hat 7.2
  • DB2 UDB Enterprise Edition V7.2
  • WebSphere Application Server Enterprise Edition V4.0

In the Public Switched Telecom Network: Ericsson Jambala Service Capability Server V1.0 Parlay Gateway

Planning Information

Packaging: All programs and manuals must be electronically downloaded from the Internet. This program, when downloaded from a Web site, contains the applicable IBM license agreement, and 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 future reference.

Security, Auditability, and Control

WebSphere Telecom Application Server and Toolkit V1.2 uses the security and auditability features of the host hardware and software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering Information

  • The WebSphere Telecom Application Server V1.2 charge unit is per processor.
  • The WebSphere Telecom Application Toolkit V1.2 charge unit is per user.

WebSphere Telecom Application Server

                                                       Part
Description                                            Number
 
WebSphere Telecom Application Server --                D51M9LL
 Lic/SW Maintenance 1 Anniv
WebSphere Telecom Application Server --                D51MALL
 Lic/SW Maintenance 2 Anniv
WebSphere Telecom Application Server --                E00I7LL
 SW Maintenance Rnwl 1 Anniv
WebSphere Telecom Application Server --                D51MBLL
 SW Maintenance After License 1 Anniv
WebSphere Telecom Application Toolkit --               D51MCLL
 Lic/SW Maintenance 1 Anniv
WebSphere Telecom Application Toolkit --               D51MDLL
 Lic/SW Maintenance 2 Anniv
WebSphere Telecom Application Toolkit --               E00I8LL
 SW Maintenance Rnwl 1 Anniv
WebSphere Telecom Application Toolkit --               D51MELL
 SW Maintenance After License 1 Anniv

Passport Advantage Customers: Media Pack Entitlement: Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed below are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

Media Packs                                            Part
Description                                            Number
 
WebSphere Telecom Application Server                   BA00SNA
WebSphere Telecom Application Toolkit                  BA03QNA

Terms and Conditions

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement 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 Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

License Information Form Number: There is no form number for this LI document.

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services: Available until September 30, 2004

Money-Back Guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: No

Volume Orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage Applies: Yes, and through the Passport Advantage Web site at:

Software Maintenance Applies: Yes

Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Subscription and Technical Support, is now included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support for the products announced in this letter is provided by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances customer productivity by providing voice and/or electronic access into the IBM support organizations.

IBM includes Software Maintenance with each program acquired during the coverage period. The coverage period means the period commencing on the date you acquire the program up to the first or second anniversary date, depending on whether you acquired coverage for one or two anniversaries. The coverage period for Software Maintenance acquired in the two months preceding an anniversary date will be extended to the next applicable anniversary date.

While your Software Maintenance is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your:

  • Routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions
  • Code-related questions

IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your 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 end users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, visit:

Software Maintenance does not include assistance for:

  • The design and development of applications
  • Your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment
  • Failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement

For more information about the Passport Advantage Agreement, refer to the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement Software Announcement 201-202 , dated July 10, 2001, or visit:

AIX/UNIX® Upgrade Protection Applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: No

iSeries™ Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

Educational Allowance Available: Not applicable

Prices

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The e-business logo, pSeries, and iSeries are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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