IBM Adds to WebSphere 5 Family
IBM also introduces new subscription pricing, partner-oriented programs, and new Web services-focused initiatives.IBM introduced new configurations of its application server and tools, new subscription pricing, partner-oriented programs, and new Web services-focused initiatives at its PartnerWorld event in New Orleans this week. At the companys annual fete for its partners, IBM Monday announced two additions to its WebSphere 5 application server line of products: the IBM WebSphere Application Server Enterprise and the WebSphere Studio Application Developer Integration Edition. In addition, IBM announced general enhancements to the application server line, including enhanced management, integration and development capabilities, as well as enhanced Web services support. IBM now offers developers an integrated XML-based workflow engine and tools to lay out business processes in complex applications. The company is pushing standards in support of its Web services workflow technology, including the Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS), Web Services Transactions (WS-TX) and Web Services Coordination (WS-C), officials said.
Meanwhile, IBM also announced a new subscription model. This is the first time the company has offered a subscription model for its middleware, which will go into effect this month. To provide a low-entry subscription model to developers, IBM is offering WebSphere Studio access through a subscription to IBM developerWorks Toolbox starting at $399 a year. WebSphere Studio Site Developer subscriptions cost $399, and WebSphere Studio Application Developer professional level subscriptions are priced at $1,749, IBM officials said.