IBM Unveils New Apache Geronimo-Based Software and Support

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ARMONK, NY - 25 Oct 2005: IBM today announced new open source-based software and support, expanding IBM's commitment to help customers innovate from industry-standard technologies.

Called WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE), the software provides mid-sized businesses, departments in large enterprises and business partners with easy access to open source-based technologies with no upfront costs. WAS CE is customizable application server software that features a small footprint, making it easier to download and manage.

Based on core open source technology from the J2EE-certified Apache Geronimo application server, WAS CE and related subscription support provide a flexible and affordable alternative to traditional commercial software offerings and can help customers begin to deploy a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

WAS CE includes technology from Gluecode Software, which IBM acquired in May. With this new offering of WAS CE, IBM broadens the range of customer choice for infrastructure software, while providing a transition to more feature-rich versions of WebSphere, the industry's leading standards-based middleware.

WAS CE helps Java developers reduce the complexity of application development by pre-integrating the most common services for building applications. It offers customers the choice of a blended commercial offering that provides the innovation of open source as well as greater stability and higher levels of support that comes from IBM. The new software supports Apache Tomcat, an industry standard Web server also from the Apache Software Foundation and WAS CE will also integrate IBM's Cloudscape database, which is based on the open source Apache Derby Project.

"Customers are looking for support for open source technologies from a trusted IT vendor," said Robert LeBlanc, general manager, WebSphere, IBM Software Group. "WAS CE allows customers and partners to tap the innovation of open source technology -- backed by industry leading IBM support services -- to quickly develop and deploy applications based on open source technologies."

New Support Services
There is no cost for customers to download and use WAS CE. For those customers that desire technical support, IBM is introducing a full line of WAS CE support services starting at only $900 per server for an annual subscription. Available support includes a new developer-to-developer support service that allows customers' development teams to obtain support directly from IBM developers to resolve certain business problems using WAS CE.

IBM is an active contributor to the Apache Geronimo open source project and will continue to contribute and collaborate with the growing community of developers that advance this project and innovate on top of it. IBM is a long time supporter of the Apache Software Foundation and has donated software code to Apache Geronimo. Today IBM is also announcing it will extend technical support for Apache Geronimo to customers worldwide.

WAS CE will be available later this year.

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