What is Websphere and its uses
WebSphere is IBM’s integration software platform. It includes the entire middleware infrastructure such as servers, services, and tools needed to write, run, and monitor 24×7 industrial strength, on demand Web applications and cross platform, cross product solutions. WebSphere provides reliable, flexible, and robust integration software.
WebSphere Application Server is the base for the infrastructure everything else runs on top of it. It supports SOA and non-SOA environments. WebSphere Process Server, which is based on WebSphere Application Server, and WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, provide the foundation for service oriented architected (SOA), modular applications. Collectively, they support the use of business rules to drive applications that support business processes. High performance environments also use WebSphere Extended Deployment as part of their base infrastructure.
WebSphere is a modular platform based on industry supported open standards. You can plug your existing assets into WebSphere using trusted and enduring interfaces, and you can continue to extend your environment as your needs grow. WebSphere runs on many platforms including AIX, HP Unix, i5/OS, Linux, Sun Solaris, Windows, and z/OS.
In addition to Java, WebSphere supports open standard interfaces such as the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) and Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) and is designed for use across different operating system platforms. One edition of WebSphere is offered for small-to-medium size businesses and another edition for larger businesses with a higher number of transactions. WebSphere also includes Studio, a developer’s environment with additional components that allow a Web site’s pages to be created and managed. Both editions support Solaris, Windows NT, OS/2, OS/390, and AIX operating systems.
WebSphere as a platform is essentially about providing three things for users and solution providers who choose this platform:
- Reach and User Experience
Personalized and streamlined access to content and collaborative services on any variety of devices (including pervasive devices). Note that this also includes the ability to conduct electronic commerce.
- Business Integration
Integration services both within and between enterprises to promote business agility and to strongly support business-to-business initiatives.
- Foundation and Tools
An infrastructural underpinning for a whole range of e-business solutions. Application serving and integrated development environments are some of the key elements here.
The WebSphere Application Server provides a fundamental role in the platform. All of the run-time products that are in the platform depend upon the WebSphere Application Server to provide basic services. The Portal server, for example, depends upon servlets and business rules which come from various applications server packages. The Commerce products make heavy use of the J2EE programming model and of many of the extensions introduced in the application server. The consistent usage of the application server by the platform products provides a more manageable solution and a better overall user experience for customers.
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