IBM Rolls out WebSphere Extended Development V6.0


IBM today unveiled new software that seeks to deliver the combined capabilities of autonomic and grid computing to maximize the effectiveness of a business’ application infrastructure.

IBM provided the following details:

The new software, WebSphere Extended Deployment Version 6.0, delivers greater business value through effective use of an existing IT infrastructure, support for mixed workload and server types, support for new advanced data caching, and improvements in manageability and monitoring.

Built upon the foundation created by WebSphere Extended Deployment V5.1, the new release extends the three product functional areas: dynamic operations, high performance computing, and extended manageability, while including a new functional area - business flexibility. WebSphere Extended Deployment Version 6.0 enables systems to support large volumes of diverse workloads more efficiently, while differentiating based on the business value of these workloads, so as not to jeopardize work important to the business. This WebSphere software provides an infrastructure for extreme application performance with advanced functionality delivered around partitioned transaction processing environments. In the midst of all this elevated functionality is a focus on system manageability, providing easy-to-use administration features focused on the production operations environment.

With a unique ability to support growing customer demand for building service-oriented architectures (SOAs), WebSphere Extended Deployment also eases management of Java resources while securing access to those resources and services. These capabilities allow an organization to ensure all IT resources are operating at full enablement according to the business needs; the cornerstone of a successful SOA deployment. These unparalleled features and functions further demonstrate that WebSphere offers customers the industry’s most comprehensive range of deployment platforms and business models, which include traditional license purchases as well as open source support from IBM’s recent acquisition of Gluecode and continued donations to the Geronimo efforts.

WebSphere Extended Deployment extends the capabilities of WebSphere Application Server, the #1 ranked application server by IDC*, and the WebSphere platform, which delivers an excellent foundation for a Service Oriented Architecture. The features delivered with WebSphere Extended Deployment enable the implementation of a "Business Grid" - a dynamic, goals directed, high performance environment for running both online and long-running applications in WebSphere. This technology is designed with self-managing and autonomic capabilities to help customers deal with IT scalability and performance challenges, while remaining cost effective.

According to Bill Noffsinger, systems administrator at the University of Florida’s Advanced Computing & Information Systems Laboratory, "The business flexibility introduced in WebSphere Extended Deployment version 6.0 will facilitate the execution and management of the many compute-intensive workloads that we support. Having relied on the WebSphere platform to effectively reap the full value of our IT resources, the latest version of WebSphere Extended Deployment has proven to be a valuable offering that continues to help us maximize our IT investments."

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