: WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment 5.0"> Executive Summary: WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment 5.0
COST ANALYSIS WebSphere is midpriced for an enterprise Web application server. The Network Deployment edition costs $12,000 per CPU. Configuration and tuning will require special training because of the complexity of the product. The addition of HTTP load balancing and caching will save companies from having to buy these components separately. (+) J2EE 1.3-compatible application server with EJB 2.0 and message queuing; includes Java object and HTTP traffic caching and load balancing; includes UDDI server; adds Web services proxy agent for forwarding Web services requests over firewalls; strong administration and performance monitoring tools. (-) No versioning features to prevent loss of session information when EJB are redeployed; uses an older version of Java, 1.3.1. EVALUATION SHORT LIST
IBMs WebSphere provides an end-to-end Web application deployment system thats very extensible, runs on many platforms and is well-supported by third parties. This is a product suitable for large infrastructure projects. WebSpheres updated clustering features will particularly appeal to those running large Web server farms.
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