We announced the open beta for WebSphere V7.0 at Impact 2008. This will be the first time that we have had an open beta for our entire product. We tried this process out for the feature packages that we shipped on V6.1, and we felt it was very successful. This gives customers the chance to see the product. It gives them an opportunity to understand how the product will affect them, and they can provide feedback on issues that they see with the product. Overall it was a win-win situation with the feature packs, and we made some fairly significant changes based upon this feedback.
The open beta is not available yet, but it will be available in May 2008. The following URL will take you to the site where you can register for the beta program.Registration page (logon required)
Highlights of this beta, and note not all the function is in the beta but a significant percentage (as most beta programs go)
- Support for Java EE 5.0 – This is additional function over and above the function that was delivered in the EJB3 Feature pack that was delivered on WebSphere V6.1.
- Support for Java SE 6.0 – This adds additional performance capabilities.
- Web Services enhancements
- Security improvements including
- Security auditing capability
- Continued improvements in key management
- Fine grained access control from the admin console
- Support for multiple security domains
- Kerberos authentication and single sign on
- Improved user experience with system management features including
- A properties file based configuration tool
- Additional command assistance in the admin console
- Administrative script library
- New virtual image delivery option
In addition, the Rational Application Developer 7.5 Beta is also available and supports the application server beta.