Executive Summary

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2003-01-06 Print this article Print

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Executive Summary: WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment 5.0

Usability Good
Capability Excellent
Performance Good
Interoperability Excellent
Manageability Excellent
Scalability Excellent
Security Good
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.


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.


  • BEAs BEA WebLogic Server
  • Oracles Oracle9i Application Server
  • Microsoft Corp.s Windows 2000 Server with .Net Framework
  • Suns Sun ONE Application Server 7.0
  • www-3.ibm.com

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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