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IBM Provides the Power for Enterprise e-business Solutions by Launching New Phase of Server Software

WebSphere Application Server, Enterprise Edition draws on Enterprise JavaBeans technology to fuel extra-strength application server solution

LAS VEGAS - 20 Jul 1999: -Solutions ྟ-- IBM today announced the September availability of the next phase of its industry-leading application server software to help businesses evolve into e-businesses by providing them the tools they need to design and build mission-critical Web applications, such as electronic trading, online banking and e-commerce.

WebSphere Application Server, Enterprise Edition 3.0 delivers new capabilities incorporating proven technologies already in use by thousands of customers worldwide, providing unprecedented reliability, scalability and performance. By combining the transaction processing power of IBM's TXSeries and the application integration capabilities of Component Broker, this WebSphere edition enables customers to build, run and manage the high-volume computing applications they need to succeed in today's e-business marketplace.

WebSphere Enterprise delivers high-volume computing power by leveraging Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) technology, which enables customers to easily integrate disparate business systems -- such as databases and transaction processing systems -- and extend them to the Web. With this new offering, customers can use their existing skills and resources, benefiting from WebSphere's open, standards-based development environment.

"WebSphere's Enterprise Edition is high-end software that's perfect for companies in the forefront of creating innovative, business models and building Web applications expected to experience millions of transactions per day,'' said John Swainson, general manager, Application and Integration Middleware, IBM Software Group. ``With the addition of WebSphere Enterprise Edition, IBM delivers the only complete solution for companies implementing large scale, e-business applications.''

"In addition, WebSphere Enterprise closely integrates with other IBM products, such as VisualAge, DB2, MQSeries and Lotus Domino, giving IBM a clear advantage over other application server vendors that must rely on partnerships and suppliers to deliver the same functionality,'' Swainson continued. "Only IBM's WebSphere family can provide the full range of products needed to build reliable, end-to-end Web self-service and e-commerce solutions.''

The Industry's Most Complete Portfolio of Application Servers WebSphere Enterprise rounds out the industry's most complete family of application server solutions. The WebSphere Family also includes WebSphere Application Server, Standard Edition and WebSphere Application Server, Advanced Edition. IBM now provides a range of capabilities for customers to succeed in an e-business environment, from dynamic Web publishing to powerful e-business solutions.

"We see value in having products that run on different platforms,'' said Dr. Albert Mas, Head of BMW's Department for Software Engineering and Production Environment. ``It's very important for us to know that IBM is working on a good implementation for OS/390; it gives us confidence regarding WebSphere's scalability. BMW had a number of options, but we want a business partner that performs well in the tough spots, as well as on the straight away.''

Key components of the WebSphere family also include WebSphere Studio -- offering a comprehensive tools environment for building Web applications -- and Performance Pack, which provides performance stability in high-volume Web sites. The WebSphere family is built upon open standards, including CORBA, XML and EJB(b) technology, which simplify and reduce development costs. EJB is the unifying programming model in WebSphere and in other IBM application server offerings.

Enterprise JavaBeans and WebSphere
Enterprise JavaBeans technology is a key part of IBM's overall strategy for providing open solutions that integrate with existing IT environments. The WebSphere family allows customers to utilize this component-oriented technology to build scaleable, secure applications for conducting transactions across a wide variety of platforms.

WebSphere Enterprise also will interoperate with Lotus Domino Application Server R5 through Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs) technology. It will combine the transactional business logic of EJB technology running in WebSphere Application Server with the sophisticated workflow management and collaboration capabilities of Domino.

About WebSphere

The IBM WebSphere Application Servers, along with Lotus Domino*, represent the industry's most complete range of Web application server environments that support business applications from simple Web publishing through enterprise-scale transaction processing. The WebSphere family integrates the Web server, transaction processing, Web commerce and distributed component technologies of IBM's WebSphere Application Servers, TXSeries(a), Net.Commerce(a) and Component Broker(a) products. In addition to WebSphere Application Servers, the WebSphere product line also includes WebSphere Performance Pack(a), Web-facilities management software that supports rapid growth of high-volume Web sites, and WebSphere Studio, a set of integrated Web development tools. Information about WebSphere product line is on the Web at http://www.software.ibm.com/websphere.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM software offers the widest range of applications, middleware and operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. The fastest way to get more information about IBM software is through the IBM software home page at http://www.software.ibm.com.

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(a) Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation and its subsidiaries.

(b) Java and EJB are registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Other names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their companies.

Contact(s) information

Heather O'Byrne
IBM
(914) 766-1475

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