IBM Formally Unveils New Version of WebSphere

IBM Corp. formally announced at its Solutions 99 show yesterday its WebSphere Application Server, Enterprise Edition 3.0, which company officials believe will be one of the most critical server platforms for helping its largest corporate customers to transition their businesses to electronic businesses.

The new version, which represents the high-end of the company's WebSphere application server line, that combines the company's TXSeries transaction processing product and its Component Broker applications tools.

"This edition is purely focused on high performance transaction-oriented applications that can run across multiple platforms," said John Swainson, general manager of IBM's Application and Integration Middleware for IBM's Software Solutions group in Somers, New York. "It allows us to deliver the only complete solutions for companies implementing large scale e-business applications."

Also included in the product is WebSphere Studio, a tool to help build Web applications, and Performance Pack, technology which supplies more stability in high-volume Web sites.

The Enterprise Edition is designed to interoperate with the recently released Lotus Domino Application Server 5.0 through Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB). According to company officials today it is able to combine the transactional business logic of EJB running in WebSphere Application Server with the workflow management and collaboration capabilities of Domino.

New tools supported in Enterprise Edition 3.0 include IBM VisualAge Component Development for WebSphere Application Server that allows corporate developers to take better advantage of EJB to build distributable applications.

Available in September on Microsoft Windows NT and IBM's AIX operating systems, and on Sun Solaris in November, Enterprise Edition costs US$35,000 per processor. The system also includes early release code for WebSphere Advanced Edition 3.0.

Separately, IBM also announced here yesterday a Linux education and training curriculum aimed specifically at business developers and users that will feature both classroom and Web-based courses. The topics will range from an introduction to Linux to advanced networking and system administration in complex Linux environments.

Also, in a deal with Caldera Systems Inc., IBM will offer Caldera's Linux Administration for Networking Professionals course. The class is essentially designed to give networking professionals training in system administration and PC interoperability using the best-selling versions of Linux.

Users can obtain more information about Enterprise Edition and Caldera's training offerings at www.software.ibm.com.

IBM Corp., in Armonk, New York, is at http://www.ibm.com/.

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