IBM WebSphere Application Server delivers enhanced resiliency and Internet-scale clustering for applications while lowering cost of administrationIBM United States Software Announcement 214-445
October 1, 2014
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|At a glance|
IBM® WebSphere® Application Server delivers a set of new features and functions that extend the capabilities provided in Version 8.5.5, and offer enhancements to the Liberty profile and full profile for development and production environments. Many of these new features can be optionally installed from the WebSphere Liberty Repository. They can be used along with those already available through WebSphere Liberty Repository. For features that were previously announced through the continuous delivery stream, refer to Software Announcement 214-184, dated April 22, 2014.
New features of the WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile (WebSphere Liberty) provide significant enhancements in terms of developer experience and high-end resiliency:
These features, in conjunction with the ever-growing list of available choices to deploy WebSphere Application Server applications in cloud environments, offer a optimal environment for your business applications. WebSphere Liberty not only brings agility and responsiveness to enterprise IT, but also provides fuel for innovation and growth to enterprises in their quest to deliver engaging applications in cloud and mobile environments.
Enhancements to WebSphere Liberty include:
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WebSphere Application Server provides industry-leading solutions, to offer a broad range of application foundation and programming model choices to support applications that are built for businesses of any size.
WebSphere Application Server editions provide:
WebSphere Application Server is built to support modern, cloud applications and mobile application environments as well as traditional web-based applications.
The new set of features and functions for WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 continues to focus on:
The WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools for Eclipse are updated to support the updated features for the Liberty profile. They are available on the WASdev community at
They are also available from the Eclipse marketplace
WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools for Eclipse are based on Eclipse 4.4 (Luna) and also support Eclipse 4.3 (Kepler).
For businesses that need to build, deploy, and manage innovative applications for cloud and mobile, WebSphere Application Server supports a wide range of cloud deployment environments. This includes many options for delivering license mobility between public cloud implementations and on-premises implementations. The expanded choice of deployment options helps you determine and select the optimal environment to run and grow your business:
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New features of WebSphere Liberty are delivered in the WebSphere Liberty Repository. This online repository delivers WebSphere Liberty platform extensions and production support consistent with existing entitlements. These features and functions provide programming model components and tooling for accelerated delivery of innovative applications, unmatched operational efficiency, reliability, administration, security, and control. The features can be easily integrated with existing development and production environments.
WebSphere Liberty Repository now contains the following additional features for enhanced programming model support:
WebSphere Liberty Repository also contains the following Intelligent Management capabilities to help deliver a higher level of application availability and responsiveness and improve overall qualities of service, while driving down the total cost of ownership. Intelligent Management capabilities are available only within the WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment edition.
WebSphere Liberty Repository contains the following enhancements to WebSphere Liberty Administrative Center:
WebSphere Liberty Repository also contains the following enhancements in the area of security for WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile:
WebSphere Liberty Repository contains the following enhancements in the area of migration to WebSphere Liberty:
WebSphere Application Server now delivers the following enhancements to Version 8.5.5 of the Liberty profile as well as the full profile:
Accessibility by people with disabilities
The following features support use by people with disabilities:
A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on the products accessibility compliance can be requested via IBM's website at the following URL
Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 is capable as of December 8, 2014, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
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For information about WebSphere Application Server for z/OS®, V8.5 continuous delivery, refer to Software Announcement 214-464, dated October 1, 2014.
For information about WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 continuous delivery, refer to Software Announcement 214-184, dated April 22, 2014.
For information about WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5, refer to Software Announcement 213-137, dated April 23, 2013.
For information about WebSphere Application Server for z/OS, V8.5 environments, refer to Software Announcement 213-174, dated April 23, 2013.
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Program Program number VRM name 5724-J08 8.5.5 WebSphere Application Server 5725-L29 8.5.5 WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core 5724-I63 8.5.5 WebSphere Application Server - Express 5724-H88 8.5.5 WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment 5724-H89 8.5.5 WebSphere Application Server for Developers 5725-F49 8.5.5 WebSphere Application Server - Tools Edition 5725-F51 8.5.5 WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment - Tools Edition 5725-F50 8.5.5 WebSphere Application Server for Developers - Tools Edition for Eclipse
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The latest product documentation for WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 is found in IBM Knowledge Center at
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You can find information on installing the continuous delivery features in the WebSphere Application Server product documentation. No hardcopy publications are shipped with this product. Using IBM Knowledge Center, users can define collections and produce custom PDF documents for their collections.
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For WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 ordering information, refer to Software Announcement 213-137, dated April 23, 2013..
The terms and conditions for WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5, are unchanged and remain as previously announced in Software Announcement 213-137, dated April 23, 2013.
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