IBM Web Enablement for i, V1.1 delivers IBM WebSphere Application Server 9.0, the next generation application infrastructure for modern applications to support seamless portability across hybrid on premises and cloud landscapes

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-298
June 7, 2016

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IBM® Web Enablement for i, V1.1 delivers WebSphere® Application Server 9.0, which with its traditional and Liberty run times, offers an industry-leading, production-ready, standards-based Java™ EE 7 compliant architecture.

Highlights of the WebSphere Application Server 9.0 include:

  • Certification to the Java EE 7 Web Profile and Java EE 7 Full Platform for WebSphere Application Server traditional and Liberty, which can provide assurance that applications use standards-compliant programming models
  • Ease of connecting existing on-premises applications with IBM Bluemix® services that include IBM Watson™ cognitive computing for optimal business outcomes
  • Enhanced support for creating, documenting, and discovering APIs and for integrating with API platforms such as IBM API Connect™
  • Significant improvements in software delivery lifecycle times through seamless integration into DevOps workflows, which enables continuous delivery and can remove cross-team dependencies for deployment

WebSphere Application Server 9.0 included with Web Enablement for i, V1.1 continues to offer the leading open standards-based application foundation for traditional workloads and modern applications that tend to be delivered as services. It can enable accelerated delivery of innovative applications with unmatched operational efficiency, reliability, administration, security, and control.

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Social, mobile, analytics, and cloud technologies are accelerating the pace of business. Software is now a key driver of differentiation and innovation, and a gateway to new services; revenue streams; seamless, omni-channel customer experiences; and expansion into new markets. But success in this new era depends on how enterprises will transform IT to bring increased agility and speed to their existing business.

As enterprise IT is called upon to implement a business strategy to enter new markets, reach new customers, and drive competitive differentiation, IT needs a new way to build software that is faster, more flexible, and more composable. It also requires reusable components that enable rapid assembly of applications in support of dynamic business needs. This approach requires an application platform that offers modular architectures; next-generation integration techniques; a cloud-first, mobile-first mindset; and seamless portability across a hybrid landscape.

WebSphere Application Server V9.0, delivered with IBM Web Enablement for i, V1.1, with its traditional and Liberty run times, offers industry-leading, production-ready, standards-based Java EE 7 compliant architectures that support the API economy and underpin business transformation. Additional features and enhancements to WebSphere Application Server offer a right-fit infrastructure for enterprise IT, upon which businesses can deliver composable applications. This can enable security enhanced, flexible, and efficient access to internal or external software components and services.

Other enhancements provide ease of integrating WebSphere run times in the DevOps workflows for continuous integration and continuous delivery. IBM Cloud Services and Docker container support for seamless deployment to hybrid topologies and an ever-growing tool chain of eco-system products further accelerate the pace of development and deployment.

  • Java EE 7 Web Profile and Full Platform certification of WebSphere Application Server traditional, brings the traditional run time to the same Java EE level as the Liberty run time. This certification supports deployment of any Java EE 7 based application that uses the latest industry standards for on-premises or in the cloud. It enables you to easily exploit HTML5 to help improve application responsiveness, increase developer productivity, and meet the most demanding enterprise requirements.
  • WebSphere Application Server traditional and Liberty support for Java Platform, Standard Edition 8 (Java SE 8) can deliver enhanced developer productivity and significant application performance improvements.

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Web Enablement for i, V1.1 is supported on systems that support IBM i 7.1, or later. Refer to the IBM System to IBM i maps website for details.

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June 24, 2016

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IBM WebSphere Application Server is a proven, high-performance transactional run time that can help you build, run, integrate, and manage dynamic business applications. WebSphere Application Server 9.0, delivered with Web Enablement for i, V1.1 now brings the latest in Java enterprise standards, the Java EE 7 Web Profile, and Java EE 7 Full Platform, to WebSphere Application Server traditional and supports their deployment across a wide spectrum of container, virtualization, and cloud environments. Liberty is already certified to Java EE 7 Web Profile and Java EE7 Full Platform.

With WebSphere Application Server 9.0, you can deliver a broad range of applications, which support traditional workloads that favor Systems of Record (SOR)-type applications or the modern workloads, also known as Systems of Engagement (SOE) applications, that are typically delivered as microservices. WebSphere Application Server 9.0, delivered with Web Enablement for i, V1.1, supports development and delivery of both these styles of applications by offering two standards-based server run times and tools in a single offering:

  • WebSphere Application Server traditional, previously known as full profile
  • Liberty

These two run times help you meet the demands of multispeed IT. They can enable you to rapidly develop new customer-facing capabilities with Liberty, while helping maintain the pace for traditional workloads with WebSphere Application Server traditional.

All WebSphere Application Server editions are built on a common server foundation that is designed to deliver the same Java EE and broad programming model support and transactional run time. However, Liberty is designed and optimized for fast-paced deployments of applications that can deliver business value through continuous integration and delivery.

WebSphere Application Server 9.0 enables applications that are deployed on WebSphere Application Server traditional in an on-premises environment to easily integrate with Watson™ cognitive cloud services. Now every application can benefit from cognitive analytics in support of making optimal business decisions. WebSphere Application Server traditional and Liberty continue to deliver a high level of enterprise qualities of services required for the most demanding workloads, such as rock-solid security; high availability, reliability, and serviceability; a high-performance transaction engine; and intelligent management capabilities that minimize end-user outages and maximize operations. Liberty, while maintaining developer-friendly aspects such as light weight and fast startup, extends these capabilities through additional programming models and ease of integration with DevOps workflows that can shorten the delivery lifecycle of modern applications.

Java EE 7 Web Profile and Full Platform certified run time for WebSphere Application Server traditional can provide the following advantages to businesses:

  • Extend the set of applications that can be rapidly developed on Liberty for deployment to both Liberty and WebSphere Application Server traditional. This now includes Java EE 7 in addition to Java EE 6 applications.
  • Provide scalable infrastructure that facilitates building HTML5 applications for improved responsiveness through low-latency, bidirectional communication with WebSockets. It simplifies data parsing and exchange using industry-standard JSON processing and supports many more concurrent users through asynchronous RESTful Web Services with JAX-RS 2.0 client support.
  • Increase developer productivity with a simplified application architecture, reduced boilerplate code using dependency injection and default resources, broadened use of annotations to increase efficiency, and enhanced application portability with standard RESTful Web Services client support.
  • Meet the most demanding enterprise requirements, such as breaking down batch jobs into manageable chunks for uninterrupted OLTP performance; defining multithreaded concurrent tasks easily for improved scalability; improving Managed Beans alignment, including transactional interceptors; and delivering transactional applications with choice and flexibility.
  • Improve usability through annotations and Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) Beans support and significantly reduces the code required to send and receive messages

Accelerating development and deployment of Java microservices

Liberty provides starting points, rules of engagement, and tools to help users create net new Java microservices apps. Enhancements to Liberty microservices offerings include:

  • Liberty App Accelerator: Liberty App Accelerator is a service hosted on Bluemix that gives users a starting point to build Java microservices apps using Liberty. It now has a fresh interface and gives developers a menu-driven approach to create Java based microservices using different technologies. Liberty App Accelerator includes technology types such as Spring Boot and Watson. The resulting project can be deployed locally or on Bluemix.
  • Game On! A microservices app from scratch: IBM provides best practices and methodologies for creating a new microservices application. Game On! is an exemplar application that helps users explore basic and advanced microservices concepts. Game On! now includes support for Logmet, LogStash, and apiDiscovery.
  • New microservice section on IBM Cloud Architecture Center: The microservice section in the IBM Cloud Architecture Center is dedicated to exploring microservices. The site serves as a reference for users to leverage the IBM Cloud that provides the run time and services for deploying microservices applications that are resilient, agile, and scalable. In this site, users can explore and experiment with microservices architecture patterns and technologies by building services to extend Game On!

WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools enhancement

WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools are enhanced to support Java 8 and the full range of programming models available on WebSphere traditional, which include the Java EE 7 Web Profile and Full Platform.

Introducing WebSphere Connect capabilities for ease of adoption of API economy  

WebSphere Connect is a collection of capabilities provided by WebSphere Application Server traditional and Liberty that helps you turn your WebSphere business assets into APIs. These capabilities can enable you to easily produce and consume APIs and connect to and from the hybrid cloud to rapidly extend the value of your application investments.

Building on the API and hybrid cloud capabilities delivered in the previous WebSphere Application Server Continuous Delivery, WebSphere Connect adds:

  • Expanded WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools support for creating Swagger API documentation with further JSON validation and improvements to the generation of client-side code to consume APIs
  • Seamless integration between your on-premises Liberty applications and IBM dashDB™, a fully-managed cloud data warehouse, purpose built for analytics

The latest versions of WebSphere Application Server include IBM API Connect Essentials, with IBM Support and increased API call limits. Now, not only is it easy to create, discover, and publish APIs, WebSphere provides an end-to-end API management solution right out of the box. It delivers a turnkey solution for entering the new API economy.

Migration enhancements

The WebSphere Migration Toolkit is enhanced to migrate applications from previous versions of WebSphere to WebSphere Application Server 9.0 through both source and binary scanning. It helps detect and mitigate issues related to:

  • WebSphere API removals.
  • WebSphere API deprecations.
  • API behavior changes when moving to the latest Java EE 7 support. Java EE 7 migration is optional for JPA and JAX-RS.
  • Java 8 migration support.

Source scanning tool enhancements include:

  • Migration of applications from competitive application servers to WebSphere Application Server 9.0
  • Support for Maven Eclipse projects

The design and usability of the binary scanner reports also are enhanced.

WebSphere Application Server configuration migration tools move the traditional configuration from version 7.0, version 8.0, and version 8.5.5 to version 9.0. Enhancements include:

  • Simplified migration support for WebSphere Virtual Enterprise and Compute Grid. WebSphere Application Server Supports these features as integrated components of version 8.5.5 to version 9 or as installed stack projects on version 7 and version 8. 
  • New clone migration strategy supported.
  • New AppInstaller migration tool to replace install_all_apps.jy.
  • New migration properties file to control migration options.

Liberty enhanced with single management interface for both Java and Node.js across a hybrid topology

As businesses demand that IT supports modern applications at a faster pace to meet the requirements of engaging applications for social and mobile, developers are increasingly adopting a DevOps mindset. They are turning to composing applications from multiple languages, such as Java and Node.js, and using container technologies to gain freedom from being tied to a single vendor, platform, or enterprise environment. These modern application workloads are typically characterized by unpredictable demand surges and require subsecond response times that in turn require IT to provide additional capacity on demand. To meet these demands, IT is increasingly turning to extending their on-premises capacity with an on-demand capacity available from cloud vendors. This creates a hybrid topology of polyglot applications and servers across a hybrid environment. Managing these polyglot applications securely and intelligently in production requires sophisticated tools.

WebSphere Application Server provides a single integrated interface for polyglot applications and servers. Now, with the combination of Liberty's Collective feature and WebSphere Administration Center, IT administrators can easily manage large-scale topology that comprises WebSphere Java and Node.js applications and servers, deployed across bare metal, Docker container, or virtual machine (VM), on-premises or in the cloud, through a single interface.

The key features include:

  • An administration center for visualization and operational control over both Java and Node.js applications
  • Scalable clustering for Java applications
  • Dynamic routing support through a WebSphere Application Server plug-in for Java and Node.js applications
  • Scriptable deployment for both Java and Node.js applications

Security enhancements

WebSphere Application Server traditional and Liberty both support security enhancements defined in the Java EE7 specification. Additionally, Liberty Repository contains several security features beyond Java EE7. New enhancements include:

  • Oauth bearer token propagation: This enhancement enables a client to pass an Oauth token when calling a downstream service through HTTP or HTTPs.
  • Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) support for token propagation to Java API for RESTful Services (JAX-RS) endpoints. This enhancement enables an external authentication proxy to pass SAML tokens directly to a JAX-RS endpoint or for a client to pass SAML token directly to a downstream JAX-RS endpoint.
  • Usability improvements:
    • Java EE application roles are automatically mapped to a group of the same name in the user registry if no binding is present. This eliminates the requirement to specify bindings when role names are the same as group names.
    • User registry configuration is now optional when not needed; for example, when custom or external authentication is configured.
  • Custom password encryption enhancements include:
    • Support for custom encryption in the security utility command line tool
    • New API for password encryption and decryption

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The latest product documentation for WebSphere Application Server 9.0 is found in IBM Knowledge Center.

IBM Knowledge Center is the new home for IBM product documentation. It brings IBM 's technical publications together in a single location, and replaces over 800 individual product Information Centers. 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.

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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