I guess I haven't talked about WebSphere Extended Deployment (WXD) in quite a while. Something I've especially been meaning to talk about is that as of v6.1, WXD is now a suite of three products:
- WebSphere Virtual Enterprise
- WebSphere eXtreme Scale (also mentioned as one of the 2009 Trends and Directions for WebSphere, the one for "extreme transaction processing")
- Compute Grid
(This isn't exactly new news. WXD v6.1 has been available for about two years now. I've been procrastinating.)
I've put more details on my wiki page, WebSphere Extended Deployment.
This is good news. If nothing else, it helps conceptually split-up the laundry list of features in WXD into three logical groups with descriptive names. It also means that if your organization only needs one set of capabilities, you don't need to buy all three; you can save some money and simplify the installation. Or, for simplicity when you want all three, you can still buy the integrated suite as a single product. My understanding of our pricing (check with your salesperson) is that if you want two of the products, you might as well buy the suite; they're about the same price so you get the third product more-or-less for free.
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