I thought I'd write about WebSphere because it's my area of expertise and I can't help but be excited about our new Application Server and how they are going to help out our clients. I will be sharing some of the features of the Application Server because they really have evolved to meet our clients demands.
The application server market has evolved over the past decade with many advances in the architectural framework, thus allowing for increasingly mission-critical and rapid scaling applications. A teen in a centennial company, IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) has travelled a challenging but highly exciting path of innovation in this space. Everyone is talking about trends such as Cloud Computing, Data-center Virtualization, Mobile computing and Green IT which is driving new requirements and today’s enterprises demand an application server that is intelligent, fast, scalable and highly cloud and mobile optimized for developing mission-critical applications!!! Whoa... and IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Liberty Profile, not only provides all of these elements, but also helps reduce the total cost of ownership, while increasing developer productivity. Now you can see why I'm excited!
The previous release of WebSphere Application Server V8.5, provided significant enhancements in terms of developer experience and high-end resiliency. For developers requiring a quick and simple development run time, the Liberty profile was introduced as a great option for building web applications that do not require the full Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) environment of traditional enterprise application server profiles. WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 continued this focus with key enhancements to the Liberty profile capabilities and qualities of service, enabling clients and partners to build a strong foundation and reduce cost. For developers and businesses that need a lightweight and simple development environment, the Liberty Profile supports programming model additions such as EJB-Lite, CDI (Contexts and Dependency Injection), web services, Java Message Service, and message-driven beans. It also comes with developer tool options to match ones project development needs.
If you work with SMB clients, WebSphere provides a family of fit-for-purpose application servers to meet the application demands at every level. There is great news for clients looking at developing and deploying faster, lightweight, secure web and mobile applications, by way of the recently introduced IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core, a Lightweight development and production run-time for web applications. Designed for applications that do not require a full Java EE stack, WebSphere Application Server Liberty Core is certified to the Java EE 6 Web Profile specification. It helps you respond to enterprise and market needs more quickly by enabling less complex and rapid development, and deployment of web and mobile applications using fewer resources. The new Liberty Core is extremely lightweight and fast, with a small footprint (@50MB) and quick start-up (<5 secs) ! It is easily packageable for deployment, and is extensible through Liberty features SPIs (System Programming Interfaces). Did you also know that Liberty Profile can also run on an android mobile ? It can also run on a Raspberry Pi device, that can be used to remotely control your toy car over a network ! Sounds really interesting indeed.. isn't it ?
Readers who are interested to try out the free trial versions of the product can also visit the following link: http://wasdev.net
[Padmakumar (PK) Nambiar is the Lead Manager for WebSphere Application Server development in India. PK can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org]