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New IBM Software Delivers Double the Performance of Nearest Competitor for Same Cost

WebSphere Gives Businesses More Control to Customize and Expand Their e-Infrastructure; Open Tools to Increase Developer Productivity

Somers, NY . . - 30 May 2001: IBM* today announced new WebSphere e-infrastructure software that can handle twice the number of transactions as BEA for the same cost. In addition, IBM's new WebSphere software and development tools give customers more control to expand and customize their e-infrastructure.

IBM's new WebSphere Version 4 software is the first in the industry to fully address a fundamental shift in the e-infrastructure market, where one-size-fits-all software has become obsolete. Originally, Web application server software was used to Web-enable business applications. Now, companies' e-business operations are evolving as they are also using web application server software to integrate processes and transact business in a mixed-vendor environment.

IBM is the first company to deliver production-ready infrastructure software that supports the broadest set of open Internet standards and is based on IBM's strength in integration and distributed transaction processing. IBM also is leading the next generation of application development by integrating open application development tools with WebSphere. These tools enable software vendors and in-house application developers to integrate their own tools portfolio with IBM's, further increasing developer productivity and flexibility. To expand its ties to the developer community, IBM will be the first in the industry to offer a free, developer-only application server that is Java2(tm) Enterprise Edition (J2EE)**-certified and Web services-enabled.

New WebSphere Application Server Grows with Customer Needs
WebSphere will be available in new configurations designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of customers. For a single department, or for a small businesses like a regional chain of coffee shops that wants to start small with the flexibility to grow, WebSphere will be available in a new, low-cost, single-server configuration with easy, out-of-the-box set-up and administration. For businesses with more complex demands, such as a bank, WebSphere also will be available in a multi-server configuration.

To meet the needs of the most sophisticated e-businesses -- especially those who want to adapt and integrate transaction-intensivebusiness processes over the Internet -- IBM later this year will offer a set of optional "snap-in" WebSphere enterprise extensions that can be easily added to the base application server software. These extensions will deliver functions that expand current J2EE standards, including business rules-driven applications, managing the flow of business processes, expanded internationalization, and extending connectivity to non-Java applications.

New features of WebSphere Version 4 application server include:

Version 4 Offers New Support for Application Development
IBM will provide developers with WebSphere development environments that are integrated with Version 4. These new tools support emerging open standards with new levels of tools and middleware integration. They will help teams design and develop the full range of e-business applications, from simple to complex, and shorten development lifecycles.

WebSphere's tools enable software vendors and in-house application developers to integrate their own tools portfolio with IBM's, further increasing developer productivity. Support for application development extends to a broad set of Business Partners as part of a total development environment for WebSphere software.

IBM's products include:

The WebSphere Studio and Workbench toolkit, which will be available on Windows and Linux, will be offered in beta version in July and will be available later this year through PartnerWorld for Developers at http://www.developer.ibm.com/welcome/wstools/workbench.html.

"Rational Software is fully committed to supporting the Websphere Studio Workbench," said Dave Bernstein, senior vice president of products at Rational Software (RATL). "Over the last few years, IBM and Rational engineers have worked together, as part of our relationship,to develop the industry's leading integrated full lifecycle software development solution supporting the development of WebSphere applications.This joint solution allows our customers to more rapidly deliver higher quality e-business applications. The Websphere Studio Workbench provides Rational and IBM with a common framework to extend our integrated market leading solutions and offer customers advanced levels of automation and ease of use throughout the development lifecycle."

Pricing And Availability
WebSphere Application Server V4 -- available beginning June 30, for $8,000 (single server) $12,000 (multi-server)

WebSphere Application Server Developer Version - free, available June 30

WebSphere Studio Workbench, Version 4 - free; beta version available July; full version available in the fall

VisualAge for Java Version 4 -- available in July at $149 for Professional Edition; $2,999 for Enterprise Edition

WebSphere Studio, Version 4 -- available in July at $599 for Professional Edition; $1,999 for Advanced Edition

Contact(s) information

Laurie Friedman
IBM Media Relations
(914) 766-1299
laurie1@us.ibm.com

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