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Big Blue releases WebSphere with common code base

Version 6.0 of WebSphere features code base used for non-mainframe environments for the first time.

Featuring a common code base for the first time, IBM introduced a new version of WebSphere last week that it claims...

will deliver reduced costs and increased performance for customers building flexible, standards-based IT systems.

According to IBM, WebSphere Application Server Version 6 for z/OS was built to speed up business-driven development tasks by more than 25%. The latest release was also fully optimized for zSeries Application Assist Processor (zAAP), a specialized processor that allows the deployment of Java workloads on a dedicated engine with no additional IBM software licensing charges for incremental zAAP capacity.

zAAP handles Java throughput while helping to free traditional processors to handle other workloads, which IBM says will greatly reduce the customer's total cost of ownership.

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"This marks the first time that all versions of WebSphere Application Server will share a common code base, helping customers leverage existing WebSphere skills and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) for multiple server environments," said Robert LeBlanc, general manager, Application and Integration Middleware, IBM Software Group in a statement.

According to Rachel Rusting, the group marketing manager for IBM's Rational products division. Having a common code base will, among other things, reduce the time needed for testing new applications.

"What's most significant about this latest product release is that zSeries customers now have a unified code base, and that means they can deliver and deploy solutions much more quickly. That's the key focus of this release," said Rusting.

A new "wizards"-based, drag-and-drop environment significantly shortens the application development process by automating routine coding activities, reducing development costs, according to IBM. It also features enhanced support for Web services , improved scalability and self-healing and protection capabilities.

With the release, IBM also unveiled general availability for IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS Version 3.1, IBM WebSphere Studio Asset Analyzer Version 4.1, IBM Asset Transformation Workbench Version 1.1, and introduced enhancements to its Software Configuration Management (SCM), IBM Rational ClearCase and IBM Rational ClearQuest solutions.

Also, IBM WebSphere Host Access Transformation Services Version 6.0.1, which converts green screens to a customized Web interface and streamlines legacy workflows, will be available in May for WebSphere Application Server Version 6.

Let us know what you think about the story; e-mail: Luke Meredith, News Writer

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