IBM Enhances and Expands WebSphere Product Line in Collaboration with Apache and NetObjects

Move Helps Companies Turn Simple Web Sites Into Powerful e-business Solutions

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SAN FRANCISCO - 22 Jun 1998: . . . IBM today announced availability of its WebSphere Application Server* and enhancements to the IBM WebSphere* product line, including packaging the popular Apache HTTP Server with the WebSphere Application Server. IBM also announced availability of the NetObjects ScriptBuilder** as the first development tool for the WebSphere product line.

With the majority of companies using the Web for publishing purposes, the enhanced WebSphere products allow customers to go a step further and implement e-business solutions. IBM WebSphere Application Server works with most industry-standard HTTP servers, including those from Netscape and Microsoft, while both the Apache HTTP Server and Lotus Domino Go Webserver will be shipped with WebSphere Application Server.

"By delivering WebSphere with the Apache HTTP Server and adding new application building capabilities from NetObjects, WebSphere offers Web site developers the opportunity to create a whole new class of e-business applications," said Paraic Sweeney, vice president, Web Server Software Marketing at IBM. "Now Web site developers can take advantage of both Java programming and the scalability provided by WebSphere."

The WebSphere product line consists of WebSphere Application Server, IBM's Java** servlet-based Web application server that helps customers to deploy and manage Web-based applications, and WebSphere Performance Pack*, Web facilities management software that supports rapid growth at high-volume Web sites. Later in 1998, IBM will deliver the next WebSphere product, a comprehensive set of tools.

IBM Teams Up With Apache

IBM will ship the Apache HTTP server with the IBM WebSphere Application Server, helping current Apache users to evolve to e-business solutions. As part of the WebSphere Application Server package, IBM will provide commercial, enterprise-level support for the Apache HTTP Server.

In addition, IBM will be a full participant in the Apache HTTP Server Project, a collaborative development effort, and will make contributions to enhance the capabilities of the Apache HTTP Server. This will allow IBM customers to benefit from the broad range of skills and partners in the marketplace, while the Apache community can take advantage of IBM's development contributions and industry-leading support and services.

NetObjects Complements WebSphere Application Server with Advanced Scripting Tools

NetObjects delivers the first development tool of what will become a comprehensive tool set for building, deploying and managing dynamic Web sites using WebSphere Application Server. NetObjects' new ScriptBuilder 2.01 offers web site developers a powerful, easy-to-use script editor for creating Java Server Pages. For a limited time, IBM is offering a complimentary downloadable copy of NetObjects ScriptBuilder to customers of WebSphere Application Server.

IBM will incorporate NetObjects Fusion and NetObjects TeamFusion site development tools into future releases of the WebSphere product line to support rapid development of e-business solutions by individuals and teams of web site developers.

IBM's WebSphere tool set also will include IBM VisualAge* for Java and "wizards" for the NetObjects tools to automate tasks such as generating code for database integration. As a result, developers can easily build, deploy and manage dynamic Web sites using the WebSphere Application Server .

IBM Net.Commerce and WebSphere

The current release of Net.Commerce Pro includes the Java servlet runtime technology from the WebSphere Application Server. In addition, Net.Commerce can be used with the WebSphere Performance Pack to achieve the highest levels of performance and scalability. Future releases of Net.Commerce will share additional WebSphere components including NetObjects Fusion for application development and the Apache HTTP Server for HTTP services.

WebSphere and IBM San Francisco

WebSphere Application Server users can now connect to applications developed using IBM San Francisco* business application components for Java. San Francisco-built applications can be accessed by an HTML page using servlets deployed on the WebSphere Application Server. San Francisco 1.2 is now shipping a sample "connector" servlet that works with WebSphere Application Server.

Future Directions for WebSphere

IBM will provide Enterprise Java Beans** support in future releases of the WebSphere Application Server, and plans to provide a growth path to highly scalable transactional environments, such as IBM's TXSeries* and Component Broker*.

In future releases, IBM WebSphere Application Server will provide the capability to serve e-media content ranging from streaming audio andvideo, 3D and panoramic images. Additionally, the IBM WebSphere Performance Pack, available now, provides the high throughput, high availability and performance-on-demand service central to offering multimedia over the Web.

Platform Support and Availability

WebSphere Application Server will be available on June 30, 1998 for Sun Solaris**, Microsoft Windows NT** and IBM AIX* at a price of US$795. WebSphere Application Server now ships as a no-charge feature with OS/390*, and will be available with OS/400* later this year.

WebSphere will work with Lotus Domino as it would with the HTTP services of other solutions. This offers customers an opportunity to realize high return applications that integrate commerce, business processes, and content capabilities.

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