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Announcing the availability of WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5!!
Just as businesses are in constant motion to meet evolving consumer needs, IBM WebSphere has also been in motion for the last 15 years delivering the tools and technologies to enable business to be responsive to market demands. In fact, if you were at Impact 2013, you may have literally seen the motion of the WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile controlling the movement of a car across the solution center floor.
In that same spirit of continuous advancement, June 14, 2013 is a landmark day for IBM WebSphere, with the general availability of the new WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5 release. This release provides exciting enhancements for customers and partners creating solutions on WebSphere Application Server. Ranging from lightweight applications to highly robust enterprise applications, this release is packed full of new capabilities to benefit Developers, Enterprises and Partners alike!
From a developer perspective, v8.5.5 continues the focus on optimizing developer experience that was initiated with the Liberty profile in v8.5, only one short year ago! The fast and frictionless download of the Liberty profile (~50 MB), rapid server startup (< 3 seconds), simple configuration, fidelity to full-profile application server and dynamic server updates are all still included, and now even more capabilities have been added to further enhance the developer experience. The Liberty profile is now fully compliant with the Java EE 6 Web Profile standard, including new support for programming models such as EJB-Lite, CDI, and Managed Beans. So if you want to quickly create web applications, then the Liberty profile has what you need. There are also other new programming models in v8.5.5 such as Web Services, Java Message Service and Message Driven Beans that enable you to extend your applications further across the enterprise. Also included is support for connecting your applications to the NoSQL database MongoDB.
As always the additional programming model capabilities are integrated with development tools such as Rational Application Developer and WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools for Eclipse. Furthermore, it's now easier than ever to develop for WebSphere with fully supported installations on the developer desktop of WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools for Eclipse, WebSphere Application Server for Developers, and even the production server runtime edition. All you need for developer desktop support is an active WebSphere Application Server v8.5 production server support agreement.
Today's enterprises need fit for purpose application servers, and WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5 delivers the broadest set of application server choices in the industry. Whether your organization’s requirements are for application servers that are lightweight and agile, highly resilient and scalable or a mixture of both, WebSphere enables developing, testing and running on one common application platform. The Liberty profile is enhanced in v8.5.5 with improved security and administration capabilities such as OAuth support, collective management, remote administration and clustering. In addition, the Intelligent Management capabilities first introduced in v8.5 have been enhanced to simplify topologies through the integration of On Demand Router capabilities as a plug-in to the WebSphere web server.
Another addition for WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5 is entitlement to WebSphere eXtreme Scale for some editions of WebSphere Application Server. For instance, WebSphere Application Server provides the ability to use WebSphere eXtreme Scale for distributed caching of HTTP session and WebSphere Dynacache information. We understand that applications require caching from the beginning and entitlement to eXtreme Scale allows you to get started with caching as a fundamental aspect of your runtime. See the WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5 announcement for edition specific information.
Several enhancements have been incorporated into WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5 to make it easy for partners and customers to develop, package and deploy custom applications. A new system programming interface (SPI) provides the ability to extend the Liberty profile with custom features, making it simple to integrate in-house and third party packages. And these custom features aren't just bolted on to the application server; rather they are integrated as first class citizens in the Liberty profile, including configuration and life cycle management like any other Liberty profile feature. Also provided is the ability to package the server runtime, configuration, and application into minimized server packages for maximum install density and rapid deployment.
In addition to all of the great capabilities added in v8.5.5, there is also a new Liberty only offering, WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core. Designed for Java EE Web Profile applications, this new member of the WebSphere family is a lightweight development and production runtime that includes a subset of the Liberty profile features available in other editions. Liberty Core helps you respond to enterprise and market needs more quickly by enabling rapid development and deployment of web and mobile applications using fewer resources.
You can find the full release details in the WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5 announcement, and the WebSphere Application Server family page includes descriptions of the editions and links to documentation and trial downloads to try out the new release! Check out the "What's New" page so you can start your engine and join an upcoming Code Rally and much more.
Take the pole position - visit the recently enhanced WASDev developer site to keep informed of the latest happenings with WebSphere Application Server, and share experiences with other WebSphere users. In fact, Alasdair Nottingham, WebSphere Application Server development lead, starts the dialogue in today's post sharing insights into this release. IBM WebSphere organization is proud to bring you the WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5 release, and we look forward to hearing from you.
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