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WebSphere continuous delivery offerings provide functional and usability enhancements for 2Q 2017

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As organizations increase their pace of digital transformation and the transition to a hybrid cloud world, WebSphere offerings can help facilitate this pace of change with our quarterly cadence of continuous delivery enhancements.

This recurring blog will summarize these deliverables each quarter, the new and updated functionality that they provide, and offer references for more detailed information.

Before we look at Liberty and WAS enhancements, here are two new updates we’re excited share:

  1. IBM launched Microservice Builder, a new tool that provides your organization with a complete user experience for creating, testing and deploying applications.. Learn more about Microservice Builder here.
  2. We have strengthened IBM Cloud Product Insights with a range of enhancements. Check out this blog post for all of the latest updates.

Liberty 17.0.0.2

This latest Liberty continuous deliver release provides the following significant functionality through new and updated features and tools:

  • Provide a social login feature that is a form of single sign-on (SSO) that enables users to sign in to a website by using their existing social media account instead of creating an account specifically for the website.
  • Upgrade the JPA 2.1 feature to support any third party JPA 2.1-compliant persistence provider implementation
  • Easily upgrade from non-warranted developer (i.e. ILAN license) edition of Liberty to a supported (i.e. IPLA license) Liberty Core edition, or to easily switch between different Liberty editions with different feature sets. This is useful when paired with the WebSphere Family Edition license, which provides flexible entitlements to use the various WebSphere editions.
  • Update the Liberty Swagger libraries that are part of the API Discovery feature.
  • Provide a new MXBean Connection Pool counter that is similar in functionality to what is provided in traditional WAS.
  • Add JDBC 4.2 support.
  • Several features have been added to the Admin Center in support of Java Batch applications, as well as to the Java Batch command line interface.
  • Significant updates to the Liberty Maven plugin and Eclipse tools have been made to improve the developer experience.
  • Java archive install packages are now available on Fix Central for use with Liberty archives on certain key platforms.
  • There are also enhancements to the eclipse-based WebSphere Developer Tools (WDT), such as new support for deploying projects in a Liberty Docker server.
  • The Migration Toolkit for Application Binaries (binary scanner) has new rules to assist application developers and administrators with application migrations. And improvements to Migration Reports make it easier than ever to analyze your application binaries for migration to Liberty or to later releases of traditional WebSphere.
  • And for users of Liberty on z/OS, an enhancement has been made that makes it easier for separately packaged offerings to share a Liberty install while still retaining accurate SMF usage data. This will help reduce the maintenance overhead required by multiple installs of Liberty on z/OS.

As always, there is a corresponding blog on the WASdev web site that describes this latest Liberty release in more detail.

And with every Liberty release, we also have a “Virtual Proof of Technology” webcast hosted by the IBM Middleware Use Community, so be sure to sign up for the live webcast or replay. Two sessions are provided in support of multiple time zones.

WebSphere Application Server V9.0.0.4

The traditional WAS application server is also on regular cadence for continuous delivery of new functionality, as applied to the V9 release. The following enhancements are now available in traditional WAS V9.0.0.4:

  • Support for the bluemixUtility. The bluemixUtility command, previously available in Liberty, will now also facilitate the configuration of your traditional WAS servers to be able to call certain supported Bluemix cloud services.
  • Built-in enhanced password encryption using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).
  • Provide a hang detector for JDBC, so that when a JDBC call is taking longer than a set threshold, a message will be written to SystemOut.log, including a reference to the query or update it is executing. Based on analysis by IBM Support, a significant amount of time is consumed trying to diagnose performance impacts caused by slow or deadlocked JDBC operations. The messages that are now provided will help to reduce the time required to identify the hung JDBC operation.

Check out the further details at What’s New in WAS 9.0.0.4 in the IBM Knowledge Center.

Technology Preview: IBM WebSphere Application Server in Bluemix Migration Feature

Complete WAS End to End Migration, from existing on-premises WAS V7 to WAS V9 running in Bluemix with traditional Administrative control, is now available in under 20 mins! The lift-and-shift approach is a common cloud migration option, replicating in-house apps in the cloud without re-design. Organizations that move to the cloud do so to capitalize on its benefits, such as scalability, agility and, most notably, cost-efficiency. But cloud migrations can be laborious. Check out this Technology Preview of tooling to assist getting your WAS on-premises deployment to Bluemix.

Please contact your IBM Representative for further details and inclusion in the Technology Preview of the IBM WebSphere Application Server in Bluemix Migration Feature.

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