With the goal of simplifying and placing the power Web services in the hands of developers, customers, and business partners (and thus speeding up Web services adoption), IBM Friday added two new configurations to its WebSphere version 5 family. Big Blue also announced a new subscription pricing model for WebSphere Studio.
New to the WebSphere table is IBM WebSphere Application Server Enterprise and WebSphere Studio Application Developer Integration Edition. The two configurations are designed to meet enterprises' demands for technology that simplifies application development, integration, and management.
According to the vendor, the software offers broad support for J2EE and Web services. It also puts to use Web services standards that IBM helped develop.
In IBM's view, Web services and J2EE are fundamental starting points to a better-integrated infrastructure; however, enterprises are also demanding secure, scalable middleware that manages multiple business processes inside and outside the corporate firewall.
IBM believes the new offerings meet these needs.
Features available in the new configurations include:
- An integrated workflow engine and tools based on XML technology that includes BPEL4WS (Business Process Executive Language for Web Services), WS-TX (Web Services Transactions), and WS-C (Web Services Coordination)
- Functionality to enable developers to build applications that can quickly adapt to changing conditions without stopping the application or waiting for the developer to hard-code the change
- Autonomic features designed to improve application performance and reduce downtime by isolating, reporting, and analyzing problems as they occur, and enabling computing capacity to be expanded, or problems to be detected and fixed, while the application is running
- The capability to track exactly who subscribes to a Web service and how often it is used
WebSphere Application Server Enterprise is priced at $25,000 per processor, and WebSphere Studio Application Developer Integration Edition is priced at $6,000 per developer seat.
IBM also announced a new subscription pricing model for WebSphere Studio at this time.
IBM's developerWorks Toolbox offers a subscription option for licensing WebSphere Studio and middleware (including WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, and Lotus). Tools and middleware included in the IBM developerWorks Toolbox can be used to develop and test applications built on IBM middleware.
New subscription prices range from $399 for WebSphere Studio Site Developer at the Starter Level to $1,749 for WebSphere Studio Application Developer at the Professional Level. Both WebSphere Studio Application Developer -- Integration Edition and WebSphere Studio Enterprise Developer are priced at $3,349 at the enterprise level.