WebSphere Application Server v8.5 available now
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Blog post penned by @Walt_Noffsinger, IBM WebSphere Application Server Product Manager
IBM recently made generally available WebSphere Application Server V8.5 (previously announced at IBM Impact 2012), which sets a new standard for application availability, developer productivity and quality of service delivered by application servers. The latest release improves developer productivity and enables more flexible development environments for a better overall experience. In addition, intelligent management capabilities improve application resiliency for higher availability and higher quality of service for all deployment models.
WebSphere Application Server V8.5 continues a 14 year tradition with these breakthrough advances. IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked #1 overall in the latest Evans Data user satisfaction survey. (1) IBM also delivers unmatched capabilities and supports the latest programming models, and is the market leader with a 43.5% share in the Application Server Middleware Market. (2) Additionally, IBM WebSphere Application Server is the worldwide performance leader besting Oracle by 16% when compared on equivalent hardware using the industry standard SpecJ benchmark. (3)
With this release, all editions of WebSphere Application Server V8.5 include the new Liberty profile. The Liberty profile is a highly composable, fast to start, and ultra-lightweight profile of the application server that is optimized for developer productivity and web application deployment. It runs on various platforms including Mac OS and z/OS. This new profile is so lightweight that it can be installed and run on the $35 Raspberry Pi credit card sized computer (more at raspberrypi.org). It is a sub 50MB download and starts in a few seconds. In addition, this profile can be run as a production server. Check it out at wasdev.net.
Also, the new V8.5 release includes an enhanced WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment (ND) edition; featuring new Intelligent Management features and functionality.
Additionally, for businesses needing an end-to-end solution, there are multiple tooling bundles that provide developer tools to maximize productivity and flexibility in building new applications. The IBM WebSphere Application Server for Developers - Tools Edition for Eclipse provides users with a lightweight desktop development environment to build applications for WebSphere Application Server. Other bundles include an unlimited number of licenses of IBM Rational® Application Developer (including Eclipse Tooling) providing organizations with a complete solution to develop, deliver, and manage high-quality enterprise applications.
WebSphere Application Server v8.5 has many additional enhancements including:
For businesses that need to build, deploy, and manage secure and portable innovative applications that run on a multitude of mobile, cloud, server, and desktop systems, WebSphere Application Server is the flexible and efficient application platform of choice.
For additional information on WebSphere Application Server V8.5, go to ibm.com/was. For more detailed information on the WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Liberty Profile visit wasdev.net.
(1) Source: Evans Data Corp, Users' Choice: Application Servers survey, Feb 2011
(2) Source: IDC, Worldwide Application Server Middleware 2010 Vendor Shares, Doc # 228921, Jun 2011
(3) SPEC and SPECjEnterprise 2010 are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 04/29/2012 Oracle SUN Blade Server X6270 M2 452.285 EjOPS/core SPECjEnterprise2010, Oracle Sun Fire X4170 M3 – 519.386 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (Oracle's best SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS/core result so far). IBM HS 22 Blade 524.621 EjOPS/core (World Record SPECjEnterprise2010 EJOPS/core result)