Impact2011 conference on May 31st at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai event covers several interesting topics. There's going to be interesting discussions around the WebSphere Application Server and its new release version 8.0. The new version of WebSphere Application Server v8.0 has introduced a number of features and enhancements towards building an agile business environment and extend the reach of web applications to mobile devices.
Here are some of the quick highlights that I could drew on what's new in WAS v8 from a system management perspective.
- Installation Manager and Centralized Installation Manager A complete new experience to install products that results in faster time to value and lower operational costs. It brings a single user experience across WebSphere, WebSphere Components and various other IBM Products. So effectively, a single IBM Installation Manager can manage the product life cycle for any IM based products from WebSphere, Rational, etc,. The newer install and maintenance technology allows you to install the desired level of service in one pass without needing to install GA product first and then apply fix pack and/or interim service fixes as a separate step. The Centralized Installation Manager from V7 is also re-based on the new Installation Manager which would help large enterprises by leaps and bounds on lowering their operational costs.
- Recovering and Moving Nodes It has never been easier to recover from a damaged nodes with the new WebSphere V8 addNode -asExistingNode option that allows you to recover a damaged node without having to stop using the dmgr. This feature is also faster as it does not require taking a backup and restoring the dmgr's configuration which is quite important if you are managing a larger cell deployments.
- Monitored Directory Deployment The feature that I love!. The application deployment is now just a matter of a file copy operation. To install an application all you need to do is to copy the application to a directory, and to uninstall just remove the application from the directory. This holds good for applications such as EAR, WAR, EJB JAR and SAR. Also there is Enhanced Properties File Based Configuration format for easier editing of application deployment options.
- Apart from this there are also new SDK commands (managesdk and wsadmin) introduced in WAS v8 with the goal of having a common API for all supported platforms.
- Managing Specific Configuration objects through properties files:
- WebSphere Application Server V7 Migration Guide