IBM Announces New WebSphere Software for Mainframes

New Software Tools Also Unveiled

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Somers, N.Y. - 14 Mar 2001: IBM today announced new Internet infrastructure software for mainframes.

The new WebSphere software runs on IBM's z/OS and OS/390 operating systems for the eServer z900** as well as the S/390**. In addition, it includes support for Enterprise Javatm technology -- called Java2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)* -- that enables software developers to write the "guts" of business applications (i.e. connections to databases, transaction handling, etc.) that can run on a variety of computing systems.

The new software products include WebSphere Application Server for z/OS** and OS/390 and CICS Transaction Server V2.1.

With WebSphere, application programmers can now design, develop and assemble Java applications using common, industry-standard programming without having to account for the differences or restrictions of any particular computing system. The decision of where to run a J2EE application can now be based on desired qualities of service, the availability and location of data, and the availability of computing resources, not just the operating system-specific knowledge or skills of the application programmers.

Building on the proven strengths of CICS, CICS Transaction Server V2.1 now allows e-business applications access to traditional CICS data and applications through Enterprise Java Beans efficiently deployed within CICS. Through shared technology with WebSphere, it provides integration with modern development environments such as the Enterprise Java platform and Web Services while reducing both the cost of writing new applications and time to market for deployment of applications.

This new product will continue to enhance the reputation of CICS, which is recognized as the leading transaction server in the industry. CICS processes more than 30 billion transactions per day and more than $300 billion in transactions per week. CICS has 14,000 customers around the world and one million programmers.

With these new products, IBM is providing its mainframe customers with the same ease of application integration from which other WebSphere customers have benefited. New applications written for the Enterprise Java platform, which integrate with traditional systems can easily be deployed without starting from scratch.

"Organizations should no longer think of S/390 as synonymous with MVS and legacy application paradigms. Through the incorporation of open industry
standards such as HTML, HTTP, XML and J2EE-compliant Java technology, new e-business applications and transactions can now be developed for
deployment on this platform, " said Dale Vecchio, research analyst with Gartner. "New applications can also be integrated with the extensive
inventory of existing OS/390 applications, leveraging the quality-of-service characteristics of the zSeries platform. Reduced operational costs and less
complexity can be achieved over the alternative of server farms."

Announced in October 2000, the z900 is the first enterprise server designed from the ground up to meet the high-performance data- and transaction-serving
requirements of the next generation of e-business. These new core e-business infrastructure products will allow customers to push performance and
connectivity to the outer limits while reaping the rock-solid benefits of the mainframe.

Building on existing applications allows for quick deployment and faster speed-to-market. The open structure also saves customers money because skills and code are reusable. As customers' requirements for e-business change, they can quickly adopt and deploy new technology without a further investment in software or special skills training. Customers can use general Java skills for new application development rather than spending money on training in new programming skills.

IBM also announced other software for mainframe customers that increases the productivity and efficiency of their e-business and traditional application development:

WebSphere Asset Analyzer Version 1.0
The WebSphere Asset Analyzer Version 1.0 analyzes software code and provides a "skeleton" of the application layout (database calls, connection points to other applications, libraries and sub-routines, etc.).

WebSphere Asset Analyzer can reduce the time for initial prep work in creating applications. This is important because about 40 percent of the cost of an application can be in the early work to define business needs, analyze the integration required and create the design. Asset Analyzer can lower total cost of development, make developers more efficient during the coding phase, and get the application into production sooner.

VisualAge Enterprise Suite Version 2.0
VisualAge Enterprise Suite Version 2.0 is a software development tool package offering of VisualAge for Java, VisualAge for COBOL, VisualAge for PL/1, VisualAge Generator and WebSphere Studio. This suite allows customers to optimize their IT expenditures and reduce software administration costs. The package also increases programmer productivity by supporting WebSphere, CICS, MQSeries and IMS and providing Java as well as traditional transactional capabilities.

MQSeries Workflow
MQSeries Workflow V3.3 and MQSeries Link for SAP R/3 for OS/390 V1.2 were also announced. With the new capabilities of MQSeries, businesses will have more tools to automate the retrieval, processing, and distribution of critical information. At the same time, businesses are shielded from the complexity of managing and integrating diverse networks and complex infrastructures. IBM's MQSeries family -- MQSeries, MQSeries Integrator and MQSeries Workflow -- is the industry's most complete portfolio of messaging software for business integration.

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