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IBM Delivers Version 5 Of Websphere -- Open Infrastructure Software For e-Business On Demand

New Advanced Web Services Features; Autonomic Capabilities in the Industry's Leading Software Platform

Somers, NY - 25 Nov 2002: IBM today announced the availability of new WebSphere infrastructure software for e-business on demand.

IBM WebSphere Application Server, Version 5, and its development environment, WebSphere Studio, Version 5, provide the standards-based infrastructure to integrate business processes across the enterprise and with partners, suppliers and customers. This tighter integration allows businesses to create a more productive application development environment, make the best use of computing resources, and deliver the reliability, security and performance that are paramount to high-volume transactions. Such capabilities are key to on-demand e-business, in which organizations can more effectively sense and respond to changing market conditions.

WebSphere will serve as the underlying universal platform for all of IBM's on-demand software, tightly integrating with DB2, Tivoli and Lotus. Version 5 includes the industry's broadest support for Web services standards -- a key part of the open, on-demand environment. New, sophisticated support for autonomic computing helps customers deploy and manage their infrastructure, makes applications constantly available, optimizes performance, and lowers administrative costs.

New Autonomic Computing Technologies Improve Availability, Performance
WebSphere offers new autonomic features that enable on-demand e-businesses to lower the cost of administration and improve response time by creating a reliable and self-managed infrastructure. The software will deliver better scalability, performance and security and reduce the need for human intervention, which helps customers facing the worldwide shortage of skilled IT workers. WebSphere's autonomic features lay the foundation for grid computing, which allows companies to cut costs, improve availability and maximize computing resources by sharing computing power across the network.

WebSphere's new autonomic features include:

Support for Latest Web Services Standards and Innovations
IBM WebSphere Version 5 is the first infrastructure software to support new Web services technologies based on the latest standards and innovations. It is J2EE 1.3-certified and is J2EE 1.4-ready since it supports more than half of the technologies that will be part of future releases of J2EE. J2EE is the standard for industrial-strength Java applications.

WebSphere enables any application in the network -- from Macromedia ColdFusion applications to new Java applications to legacy COBOL assets -- to be easily generated as Web services that can be composed and choreographed into new applications.

New Web services support includes two technologies developed by IBM and donated to the open source community: Web Services Invocation Framework (WSIF), a technology for developing Web services across a variety of network and transport protocols, from HTTP to instant messaging, regardless of how the Web service is implemented and accessed; and Axis 3.0, high-speed Web services technology that processes Web services SOAP requests three to four times faster than is currently possible.

Other examples of the industry-leading Web services support in WebSphere include the Web Services Gateway, which provides a more managed and secure environment for Web services across the Internet; a private UDDI repository, which allows a company to search for combined Web services within their organization; and Web services workflow, so developers can easily build networked applications that link multiple business processes -- such as checking approvals, inventory, credit and shipping - Web services that interact with customers, partners and suppliers in a secure and managed environment.

"In order for customers to build on-demand e-business, they need an IT infrastructure that is open, flexible and secure enough to dynamically change with their needs," said Jocelyne Attal, Vice President of Marketing for IBM WebSphere software. "Companies can now access any application, processes, data or device across and beyond their business, all within a self-managing, self-calibrating environment that cuts down administrative costs and headaches. IBM is the only company that can deliver software that supports this open, unlimited access to computing resources on-demand, making it possible for customers to make the most of their computing resources and lower the cost of doing business."

With today's announcement, IBM complements the recent rollout of Version 5 of WebSphere Studio, WebSphere's fully integrated application development environment, and WebSphere Application Server - Express, which addresses the needs of mid-sized companies from 100 -1,000 employees for an open infrastructure. IBM WebSphere development tools are based on Eclipse, the open-source, vendor-neutral platform and user interface for writing software.

Randy Mowen, Director of Data Management and e-Business Architecture for The Bekins Company, said: "WebSphere's sophisticated workload balancing capabilities enables us to keep our e-business application, Tonnage Broadcast Exchange, available for our agents and partners around the clock. Orders that typically took up to several hours to broker can now be broadcasted to and accepted by Bekins business partners in minutes. We expect to achieve total annual cost savings of one million dollars with our WebSphere solution."

Loren Abdulezer, CEO of Evolving Technologies Corporation, a U.S.-based systems integrator, said, "IBM is doing more than just talking about e-business on demand; with the latest release of WebSphere, it's delivering the technologies needed to execute the vision today. No other production-ready environment offers such extensive support for building dynamic enterprise Web services solutions. Just wait till developers start leveraging the extended open standards, the Business Rules and Integration Frameworks and the autonomic computing capabilities. It's going to open up all kinds of new possibilities for the way our customers do business."

Pricing and Availability
WebSphere Application Server Version 5 will be available for download on November 26, 2002. Prices start at $8,000 (single server configuration) or $12,000 (to support networked features such as clustering and failover). Both prices are per processor.

To download a technology preview, go to www.ibm.com/websphere/v5

WebSphere Version 5 supports Windows, Linux, IBM eServer zSeries and iSeries, AIX, Solaris and HP-UX

Contact(s) information

Steve Eisenstadt
IBM Media Relations
(914) 766-1180
se@us.ibm.com

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