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Websphere Application Server (WAS) Community Edition is an open source application server software based on Apache Geronimo. It is the main competitor to Jboss. 

Community Edition integrates Apache Tomcat with several of the most commonly used open source components. IBM began to offer customers solutions based on Apache Geronimo in May of 2005 when it acquired Gluecode Software.

It launched WAS Community Edition in November of 2005. Key features of Community Edition include:

When you download WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, you are automatically entitled to limited online support during a 30-day trial period, at no charge.

Community Edition system prerequisites:

Community Edition can run on other platforms, but one of these environments must be used to obtain support, if desired:

If you do not already have a supported Java environment, you can download an installation bundle that includes the recommended IBM J2SE SDK

WebSphere Application Server is Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application server and development environment. Among stated by IBM the benefits of J2EE are the following:

A simplified architecture based on standard components, services and clients, that takes advantage of the write-once, run-anywhere Java technology.

As typical for IBM WebSphere Application Server is available in multiple packaging options. Each package is designed to provide a tailored environment for a specific set of clients.

  WebSphere Application Server V6 - Express WebSphere Application Server V6 - Base WebSphere Application Server V6 - Network Deployment
Licensing terms Limited to a max of 2 CPUS Unlimited CPUs Unlimited CPUs
WebSphere Application Server Yes Yes Yes
Network Deployment No No Yes
IBM HTTP Server V6 Web server plug-ins Yes Yes Yes
IBM HTTP Server Yes Yes Yes
Application Client (not on zLinux) Yes Yes Yes
Application Server Toolkit Yes Yes Yes
DataDirect Technologies JDBC Drivers for WebSphere Application Server Yes Yes Yes
Development tools Rational Web Developer (single use license) Rational Application Developer Trial Rational Application Developer Trial
Database IBM DB2® Universal Database™ Express V8.2 IBM DB2 Universal Database Express V8.2 (development use only) IBM DB2 UDB Enterprise Server Edition V8.2 for WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment
Production ready applications IBM Business Solutions No No
Tivoli® Directory Server for WebSphere Application Server (LDAP server) No No Yes
Tivoli Access Manager Servers for WebSphere Application Server No No Yes
Edge Components No No Yes


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[Aug 3, 2007] Jignesh Shah's Weblog

IBM Software on UltraSPARC T1 License Policy

IBM announced their new Software license policy for UltraSPARC T1 chip based Sun Servers. A 4 core or 6 core T1 chip requires 2 software license entitlements and a full 8-core T1 chip requires 3 software license entitlements. (Its a win-win considering before this announcement it was 8 software license entitlements for a 8-core T1 chip.

One thing to also note that a Sun Fire X4200 /X4100 with dual core Opterons require 1 license entitlement for every dual core chip. (Read the foot note for descriptions of "Multiple server families" which includes SunFire x64 servers.

The best way to distribute the news is to point people to the PDF Copy of the IBM Software License Policy

Time to run WebSphere on UltraSPARC T1 chip based Sun Fire T1000 or Sun Fire T2000

[Aug 2, 2007] OpenSMART - The Open (SystemSource) Monitoring and Reporting Tool

Extract from the documentation follows (OpenSmart has an excellent documentation !)

10.7. Monitoring WebSphere Application Server.

What should you configure in osagent.conf.xml to monitor your WebSphere application server / J2EE application ?

10.7.1. Checks for monitoring WebSphere application server

10.7.2. Example configuration for monitoring WebSphere

<!-- ... -->
    <!-- check the node agent (listed as process in ps -ef) -->
      The NodeAgent of the application server isn't running.
      This is maybe a bad sign - but you can try to restart it by
  <!-- check the websphere jvm (listed as process in ps -ef) -->
    WebSphere isn't running - look at your SystemOut.log / SystemErr.log
    and restart it - if possible

    <!-- Maybe you have do define the right interface definition for
    your system http port, https port, admin console, servlet container etc. -->
    <DESCRIPTION>Socket of servlet container doen't exists - check logfiles</DESCRIPTION>
  <!-- More sockets you want to check -->

    <!-- Test your servlet container if the response is correct, also report
the reponse time (this will be done by default) -->
    <TEXT2CHECK>if you can read this, the servlet works correctly</TEXT2CHECK>
  <!-- More webapps you want to check -->

    <!-- java exceptions -->
      <REGEX>.*Exceptions in thread.*</REGEX>

    <!-- user logged off the app isn't important -->
    <LOGFILTER><REGEX>user.*logged off.*</REGEX></LOGFILTER>
    <LOGFILTER><REGEX>user.*no longer active in.*</REGEX></LOGFILTER>

      <REGEX>.*</REGEX><!-- Everything unknown -->
      <!-- That is AFTER all default priorities! -->
  <!-- More logs you want to check -->

[Nov 21, 2006] Report IBM Open Source-Based Application Server Growing Nearly Three Times Faster Than JBoss

Financial News

A new research report found that WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Community Edition -- IBM's (NYSE:IBM - News) open source application server software based on Apache Geronimo -- is gaining share nearly three times as fast as rival JBoss.

According to Evans Data Corporation, in a single year WebSphere Application Server Community Edition gained 16 points of market share with Eclipse developers, versus only a 6.6 share gain for JBoss.

The second Annual Eclipse Global Enterprise Report from Evans Data Corporation surveyed software developers on their attitudes, awareness, perceptions and concerns of developers regarding Eclipse and Eclipse-related products. Eclipse is an open source, platform independent framework for developing software applications.

... ... ...

WAS Community Edition, which is free to download and use, pre-integrates Apache Tomcat with several of the most commonly used open source components, such as web services, security, authentication, messaging and web tier clustering. IBM began to offer customers solutions based on Apache Geronimo in May of 2005 when it acquired Gluecode Software. It launched WAS Community Edition in November of 2005.

... Additionally, Novell's Integrated Stack for SuSE Linux (ISSLE) includes WAS Community Edition and IBM DB2 Express-c.

For additional information and to download WebSphere Application Server Community Edition,

IBM Redbooks Problem Determination Across Multiple WebSphere Products AIX Platform

This IBM Redbook provides detailed information about problem determination for various WebSphere products in a real-life scenario. It is a valuable resource of information for IT administrators, IT specialists and application developers.

Part 1, "Introduction" offers an explanation of how the book is organized and how it should be used for problem determination. It also provides details about the solution chosen for the book to better understand the environment and to provide a real-life scenario.

Part 2, "Problem Determination details" is the core of the whole book. This part starts with two chapters discussing problem determination tools, one chapter for the runtime environment (AIX) and one for the development environment (mainly WebSphere Studio Application Developer V5). The following chapters go into details about problems (symptoms) with each product: WebSphere Application Server Enterprise V5, WebSphere MQ V5.3 and WebSphere Business Integration Message Broker V5.

The "Appendixes" extend the book with problem determination tools on other platforms, mainly z/OS. It also provides insight into the methodology used for this book to document problems, tools and problem determination techniques.

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