WebSphere simplifies adoption of a hybrid cloud strategy

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WebSphere simplifies adoption of a hybrid cloud strategy

Organizations are increasingly embracing a hybrid cloud strategy. They are deploying and migrating applications to both public and private clouds to enable faster innovation and business agility. Cloud and mobile technologies are changing industries. When business leaders embrace a cloud-first approach, they are rewarded with reduced operational costs, shorter application time-to-market and empowered developers delivering innovation.

With its 1Q 2017 updates, WebSphere Application Server (WAS) continues to expand its support of these business goals. WAS brings increased agility and operational efficiency to companywide IT operations that are adopting a hybrid cloud strategy. WAS:

  • Simplifies creation of the new generation of cloud-native workloads that support agile methodologies

  • Simplifies migration of existing applications to cloud for cost optimization

  • Enhances existing on-premises applications by integration with off-premises cloud services for those applications that are constrained to on-premises deployments

1Q 2017 update highlights

  • IBM® WAS in Bluemix® Dedicated provides physically isolated hardware in an IBM data center.

  • WAS Migration Toolkit provides enhanced capabilities to move existing applications outside of a corporate firewall and into WebSphere Application Server in Bluemix.  In the process it ensures consistency in topology, security and governance.

  • UrbanCode™ Continuous Integration and Delivery enables seamless automation of the configuration of WAS in Bluemix topologies to eliminate the risk of app failure due to incorrect setup, build and delivery.

  • Continued enhancements to the WebSphere Connect capabilities in WAS brings full equivalency for API documentation and discovery to WAS traditional and Liberty application servers across all platforms.

Additionally, the WebSphere Connect capabilities of WAS provide a platform to create innovative new offerings and extensions to WebSphere itself, which include the following:

  • WAS participation as part of the IBM Cloud Product Insights Bluemix service, which requires WAS v9.0.0.3 and/or Liberty 17.0.0.1. This service can communicate with on-premises WAS traditional and Liberty application servers to build a product inventory that is both private and secure. This inventory can then help reduce software entitlement costs by providing insights into WAS product usage, as displayed on a Bluemix dashboard. For more information on IBM Cloud Product Insights, refer to this Software Announcement from March 15, 2017.

  • IBM Voice Gateway is a new offering that provides a valuable addition to call centers and telephony applications by integrating with select Watson services to improve the automated client experience and reduce costs. It can reduce the number of calls transferred to live operators and provide real time context and support to live operators that help expedite problem resolution. For more information, refer to Software Announcement 217-145, dated March 14, 2017.

Microservice Builder Beta program

A new beta program, Microservice Builder, provides a turn-key approach with simple, step-by-step support that details how to create applications in a microservices framework. Microservice Builder aims to greatly simplify the software delivery pipeline that enables continuous delivery of Dockerized microservices and provide developers with a frictionless application lifecycle from laptop through production. Microservice Builder intends to shorten the software delivery lifecycle for microservices from weeks, to days, to minutes. For additional information, visit our Microservices Builder site.

IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale for IBM Bluemix Container Service

You can now build and deploy in-memory data grids—based on WebSphere eXtreme Scale—as containers in Bluemix for a fully elastic, memory-based storage grid. This enhances application performance by pointing to a single key addressable storage pool for application caching.

Additional capabilities delivered in WAS traditional V9.0.0.3

New capabilities include:

  • Verbose garbage collection is now enabled by default, on both distributed and z/OS platforms. This provides improved serviceability with minimal impact on performance, with the option to turn it off if through the Admin Console.

  • The migration “clone” option, which is already supported by WAS on distributed platforms and allows you to migrate your configuration without system outages, is now available on z/OS.

  • The Portlet Container feature, already available in Liberty, is now available in WAS traditional—since 9.0.0.1. And the JSF Portlet Bridge has been updated to take advantage of JSF 2.2 features—available since 9.0.0.2.

  • WAS for z/OS “Cobol Containers” are now supported by WAS traditional servers running 64-bit mode—available since 9.0.0.2.

Additional information on Liberty 17.0.0.1

For more information on the Liberty 17.0.0.1 continuous deliverable, refer to this article on the Liberty WASdev site. While this IBM Cloud News and Product Announcement blog will now be a source of WebSphere announcement information going forward, we will also continue to post developer-focused Liberty announcement blogs on the WASdev site.

Additionally, with the release of each Liberty continuous deliverable, the IBM Middleware User Communityhosts a “proof of technology” web conference that covers ongoing Liberty enhancements in detail. You can get more information, and sign up for the 17.0.0.1 webcast, on the Events page.

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