|By Java News Desk||
|October 26, 2005 09:30 AM EDT||
WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE) is targeted at mid-sized businesses, departments in large enterprises and business partners with easy access to open source-based technologies with no upfront costs. This makes the new offering a direct competitor to JBoss.
WAS CE includes technology from Gluecode Software, which IBM acquired in May. WAS CE features a small footprint, making it easier to download and manage. Based on core open source technology from the J2EE-certified Apache Geronimo application server, WAS CE and related subscription support provide a flexible and affordable alternative to traditional commercial software offerings and can help customers begin to deploy a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).
WAS CE is intended to help Java developers reduce the complexity of application development by pre-integrating the most common services for building applications, IBM says. It offers customers the choice of a "blended" commercial offering that provides the innovation of open source as well as support from IBM.
The new software also supports Apache Tomcat, an industry standard Web server also from the Apache Software Foundation. WAS CE will also integrate IBM's Cloudscape database, based on the open-source Apache Derby Project.
There is no cost for customers to download and use WAS CE, IBM says. For those customers that desire technical support, IBM is introducing a line of WAS CE support services, starting at $900 per server for an annual subscription. Available support includes a new developer-to-developer support service that allows customers' development teams to obtain support directly from IBM developers to resolve certain business problems using WAS CE.
WAS CE will be available later this year, according to IBM.