IBM Application Server on Cloud allows simple, repeatable, and quick deployments of WebSphere Application Server in a hosted cloud environment

IBM United States Software Announcement 215-274
June 9, 2015

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OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key prerequisitesKey prerequisitesOrdering informationOrdering information
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At a glance
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IBM® Application Server on Cloud provides a dedicated instance on IBM SoftLayer® cloud, where you can use pattern-based workload deployment technology to create and manage multi-tier virtualized enterprise WebSphere® Application Server deployments in a consistent and repeatable manner.

Application Server on Cloud provides:

  • Subscription for hardware infrastructure and WebSphere Application Server together
  • Dedicated hardware for your workloads
  • A simple way for applications that are based on traditional WebSphere Application Server to move to the SoftLayer cloud


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Overview
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Application Server on Cloud allows you to quickly get up and running on a pre-configured WebSphere Application Server Full Profile Cluster or Liberty Web Profile Collective in a hosted cloud environment on SoftLayer. Easily migrate your existing WebSphere Application Server applications to SoftLayer and take control of the underlying operating system and middleware.

Application Server on Cloud provides a dedicated instance on SoftLayer cloud, which uses pattern-based, workload deployment technology to create and manage multitier, virtualized enterprise WebSphere Application Server deployments in a consistent and repeatable manner. The focus of Application Server on Cloud goes beyond just deployment. It spans the entire lifecycle management of the enterprise workload, which includes starting, stopping, rollout of fixes, monitoring, troubleshooting, and auto-scaling. The application management capabilities of the Application Server on Cloud make deployment of WebSphere Application Server components quick, easy, and repeatable.

Application Server on Cloud brings the following benefits

  • Drastically reduces set-up time and enables you to quickly realize the value of WebSphere Application Server with minimal effort.
  • Simple cloud economics with all-in-one offering and monthly pricing for WebSphere Application Server software, cloud infrastructure, and fast provisioning.
  • Enables you to perform rapid testing by setting up an environment, test, and then quickly bring it down in a controlled timeframe.

Application Server on Cloud allows organizations to shift their infrastructure to cloud and benefit from the additional operational value of those deployments. It makes consuming WebSphere Application Server in the cloud simple, while at the same time allowing just enough customization to help migrate existing WebSphere applications to the cloud.



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Key prerequisites
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Application Server on Cloud requires an Internet connection and a workstation that are capable of supporting one of the following browsers:

  • Microsoft™ Internet Explorer V8, or later
  • Mozilla Firefox V24, or later
  • Google Chrome V30

For additional requirements, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.



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Planned availability date
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June 15, 2015



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Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
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IBM Application Server on Cloud is capable as of June 15, 2015, 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. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested via the IBM website

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html


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Accessibility by people with disabilities
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A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html



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Reference information
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For information on IBM WebSphere Application Server, refer to Software Announcement 215-269, dated June 9, 2015.



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Availability of national languages
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For details of the languages supported by Application Server on Cloud, refer to Software Announcement 212-109, dated April 24, 2012.



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Program number
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Program number VRM Program name
5725-W90 SaaS IBM Application Server on Cloud


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Education support
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Education is a key component to ensuring software success. IBM creates a comprehensive portfolio of education material to help clients successfully deploy IBM software products to their maximum potential. The IBM education team is committed to providing the highest quality education content available to help your organization prosper in today's competitive marketplace.

The IBM education team works closely with IBM product developers and IBM services organizations to ensure that the courses we offer provide the most current technical and product information. Our courses place an emphasis on the advanced knowledge and insight that only these sources can provide. We draw from a deep pool of IBM technical experience in the development of our courses, and pass that knowledge on to our students. Our courses emphasize hands on labs to develop comprehensive skills in using the product to solve business problems. The education offerings from IBM Training span the spectrum of skill needs, from introductory product overviews to advanced programming and product administration courses.

Role-based training paths can be found at

http://www-304.ibm.com/services/learning/ites.wss/zz/en?pageType=page&c=a0011023

The delivery of IBM education is provided by IBM Global Training Partners.

For more information about available education offerings, search on the product name at

http://www.ibm.com/training



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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® website

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage



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Publications
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The latest product documentation for WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 is found in IBM Knowledge Center at

http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter
IBM Knowledge Center is the home for IBM product documentation as it brings IBM's technical publications together in a single location. IBM Knowledge Center simplifies the user experience, improves search, and refines the overall experience with other enhancements. Locate the desired WebSphere Application Server offering from the product list to obtain the product documentation. To learn more about how to use the WebSphere Application Server documentation in IBM Knowledge Center, see
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qFEFCm0Stg

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.

For optimal viewing of this documentation, browser support for JavaScript™ and related technologies is required.



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Services
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Software Services

IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.

To learn more about IBM Software Services or to contact a Software Services sales specialist, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/sw-services/



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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Application Server on Cloud requires:

  • A workstation that supports one of the web browsers as listed in the Software requirements section
  • A direct, Internet connection

Software requirements

Application Server on Cloud requires one of the following supported web browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer V8, or later
  • Mozilla Firefox V24, or later
  • Google Chrome V30

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Planning information

Packaging

This offering is delivered through the Internet. There is no physical media.

Access to Application Server on Cloud Instances is provided to each entitled customer.



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Ordering information
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This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by authorized IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus.

For more information about IBM Software Value Plus, visit

http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/page/svp_authorized_portfolio
To locate IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus in your geography for a specific Software Value Plus portfolio, visit
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Product Group: IBM Systems, Middleware

Product: Application Server on Cloud (5725-W90)

Product Category: WebSphere Application Server


 
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Program name/Description Part number
Application Server on Cloud - WebSphere Application Server Base Instance per month D1I04LL
Application Server on Cloud - WebSphere Application Server ND Instance per month D1I05LL

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Program name Part number or PID number Charge metric
IBM Application Server on Cloud 5725-W90 Instance

 
Instance

Instance is a unit of measure by which the IBM SaaS can be obtained. An Instance is access to a specific configuration of the IBM SaaS. Sufficient entitlements must be obtained for each Instance of the IBM SaaS made available to access and use during the measurement period specified in Customer's Proof of Entitlement (PoE) or Transaction Document



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Terms and conditions
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This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Subscription

The IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM SaaS Terms of Use or the IBM Cloud Services Agreement (CSA) and the Service Description govern your use of this offering.

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance


 
Technical support

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Refer to additional technical support information in the IBM Software as a Service Terms of Use document for the program.

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Limited warranty

If warranted, refer to the warranty as stated in the Terms of Use document or the Cloud Services Agreement for this offering.

Money-back guarantee

No

Volume orders (IVO)

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Passport Advantage applies

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Software Subscription and Support applies

No

IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel

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Other support

Passport Advantage

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

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