In the early years of computing IBM was the name that everyone mentioned when they were ready to throw around computer lingo. The computer was at the forefront of mainframe computing and personal computing as well. Multiple vendors entered the market in the years to follow, and companies like Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Compaq rose to instant success. It appeared as if the company that was once at the forefront had took a reluctant back seat in the computing industry.
This was not completely true. It is accurate to state that IBM pulled away heavily from the personal computing market, but their presence remains strong in the world of networking. This presence is greatly felt through their immensely popular WebSphere Application Server.
WebSphere has been marketed as a cost effective server middleware solution with the very highest degrees of security and reliability. One of the biggest selling points for this software is the ease of use. It is promoted as an application that is easy to install with wizards and default configuration settings. Features such as this are great for new webmasters as well as those that are upgrading from free hosting services.
Another feature of the WebSphere Application Server software is the security. Aside from ease of use security is probably one of the most sought after features of any application server package. The Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) token support gives an enhanced web security assurance while other features like the security auditing help webmasters implement applications that are security complaint.
These features are important, but not of them would be relevant if clients have servers that are not compatible with the servers that are used. Users will be glad to know that WebSphere applications support a variety of platforms. The versatility gives IBM the advantage of appealing to a variety of clients across the board of multiple networking platforms.
WebSphere Application Server also contains a Console Management Assistant that will help users in the configuration process for security. This enhanced assistant is also valuable for managing database connectivity. Tools such as this will help new users quickly become familiar with the system without lots of downtime during the transition to the WebSphere product. This is a key element that heavily reinforces the simplicity that has been found in the setup and management processes. Everyone that is in control of a server wants very little down time. Anything that is implemented on a live server needs to be up and running quickly. Features such as the Console Management Assistant keep users from have an idle network for several days or more.
If this wasn’t enough IBM goes even further with multiple enhancements from the WebSphere Application Server pack. This dazzling array of features includes Web 2.0, Dynamic Scripting, and OSGI Applications and Java Persistence API 2.0. These components along with a service component architecture and communications enabled applications helps users develop applications quickly and interact with applications such as Voice Over Internet Protocol and several over network services.
These feature packs are extensions of the WebSphere Application Server platform that can be added to existing software. These are upgrade features for those users who have relied on previous versions of the WebSphere applications for development. Users have the options to keep their existing framework intact and add the additional components of the feature packs. This is idea for clients that want to minimize their downtime.
IBM takes customization of the WebSphere Application Server to extreme measures by developing several versions. There is the WebSphere Application Server Community Edition V 2.1 for developers with extensive Java skills. This edition is popular for the open source community. Other versions of the WebSphere applications include the Server Express edition which is geared towards small to mid-size businesses. There is also a Hypervisor, Network Deployment, and the Server for z/OS edition. IBM has taken every effort to deploy complete application diversity for clients.