IBM to offer expanded subscription levels

IBM Corp. next week will announce a wider range of subscription levels along with new support options for its developerWorks Toolbox subscription, which offers access to 1,000 IBM products and technologies programmers can use to create Web services and applications.

Under the new licensing, which IBM hopes will accelerate the development of Web services, developers can now build applications using WebSphere Studio and build, test, demonstrate, and evaluate them at a significantly reduced price, according to IBM officials.

Among the new enhancements include new licensing which should allow developers to use WebSphere Studio products and middleware for development and testing. Until now developers could only use these products for evaluation and testing.

Also, IBM will now offer separately purchasable technical support incidents for selected WebSphere Studio products through the developerWorks Toolbox subscription. Another enhancement is the new subscription levels that are better aligned with developer needs. Each level is tailored for specific development needs for core middleware, including WebSphere VS.

The Toolbox subscription offers developers a choice of access including issuing CDs or a new custom CD option. Developers can also access an online downloadable catalog, automatic notification of new items through a customizable COntentNotification options, and the printed developerWorks journal.

Developers can receive four shipments over the course of their 12-month subscription.

More information about the Toolbox subscription can be obtained at www.ibm.com/developerWorks.com.

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