IBM have announced their beta program for WebSphere Application Server V8.0, which will be the version of WebSphere that ultimately supports the Java EE 6 specification. With WebSphere 8 there are now seven products that will support one of the two EE 6 profiles.
WebSphere Application Server V7 Feature Pack for OSGi Applications and Java Persistence API 2.0 offers a standards-based implementation of OSGi Blueprint Container specification and JPA 2.0. It also provides an optional feature to deploy and manage applications as versioned OSGi bundles. IBM recently announced the GA release of the feature pack which is based on Apache projects Aries and OpenJPA.
IBM have released a feature pack which adds support for Xpath 2.0, XSLT 2.0 and XQuery 1.0 making WebSphere Application Server 7 the first application server with complete support for this most recent set of W3C XML standards. InfoQ talks IBM's Andrew Spyker, Chief Architect for the feature pack.
Since the last bundle.update, a number of interesting events have occurred in the OSGi and modular Java space. JSR 294 has been (automatically) marked as inactive, the Enterprise Expert Group has released draft 4, WebSphere will allow direct running of OSGi applications and upcoming OSGi conferences have early bird discounts and call for speakers finishing soon.
“Last Thursday I said I was struggling to sum up IBM’s Connect09 analyst conference. I still am.” says James Governor, an Industry Analyst with RedMonk, speaking of a session titled Federated Connectivity – Smarter Integration Across and Beyond The Enterprise hosted by AIM (Application Integration and Middleware) General Manager Craig Hayman at the Connect09 analyst conference.
BM recently announced its WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance a device that facilitates the creation, deployment, and administration of private WebSphere cloud environments. The appliance offers virtual image from which complete WebSphere Application Server topologies can be constructed to create patterns as representations of fully functional WebSphere Application Server environments.
In this virtual panel, InfoQ wants to find out from leading cloud experts what are the benefits brought by cloud computing as well as the constraints in using them, what is better to use, a public or a private cloud, is the cloud interoperability needed, what is the difference between providing infrastructure or a platform, and how can a client enforce regulatory compliance.
dynaTrace software recently announced the release of dynaTrace 3. dynaTrace software is an Application Performance Monitoring (APM) vendor that provides Java and .NET developers insight into performance problems in both application code as well as environmental configurations.
Forrester Research has just released a new 171-criteria evaluation of enterprise service bus (ESB) vendors, which finds that Progress Software, Oracle, Software AG, IBM, and TIBCO Software have the most-focused ESB and service-oriented-architecture- (SOA-) related strategies, the most-mature tooling, and the greatest flexibility in deployment and configuration.
In an exclusive InfoQ article, IBM's WebSphere CTO Jerry Cuomo outlines the 10 top technology direction he envisions for the WebSphere product line in 2009, including Business Mash-ups, a Middleware-as-a-Service offering, cloud support, WAS.NEXT and REST support in multiple products.
Christina Lau introduces IBM’s vision for BPM-as-a-Service: a light-weight BPMN based scripting engine for RESTful services. This vision is well in line with products currently on the market. The product is incubated at Project Zero and will eventually be deployed with WebSphere sMash.
In this interview, Jerry Cuomo talks about Virtualization and Cloud Computing and what IBM is doing with WebSphere Virtual Enterprise to help virtualize middleware and application stack. He also explains the progression of virtualization using virtual servers, collection of servers, and virtual clusters. Jerry mentions that next release of WebSphere Version 7 will have a virtual appliance option.
In this interview, Billy Newport talks about different types of virtualization, eXtreme Transaction Processing (XTP) and how WebSphere products like WebSphere Virtual Enterprise (formerly XD) support virtualization. He discusses hardware, hypervisor, JVM, application and data virtualization.
It is easy to think that virtualization applies only to servers. In reality the concept is being applied at a variety of levels including networking, storage, and application infrastructure.
Object Lifecycles (a.k.a State Machines) have been for the most part ignored by developers, architects and business process practitioners alike. A group of researchers from IBM Zurich has just released an Object Lifecycle modeling tool that complements and link with executable Business Process models.