IBM Announces New Release of WebSphere Integration Server

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Jul 30, 2012 (5 years and 5 months ago)

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IBM to Support BPEL
-
B
ased

Web Services
on iSeries in Q3


b
y Alex Woodie


Last week,
<a target="new" href="http://www.ibm.com">IBM</a> shuffled its WebSphere deck and
issued
new releases of its core Web services development and delivery platform
. The newly named
product, WebSphere Business Integration Server Foundation (WBISF) version 5.1
,

allows companies to
implement and deliver "services
-
oriented" applications assembled in Business Process Execution Language
(BPEL) using WebSphere Studio App
lication Developer (AD) Integration Edition V5.1, which was also
announced and shipped last week. IBM issued a statement of direction to support WBISF on OS/400 this
summer.


Before we get into the details, let's get the
WebSphere
names straight. IBM
has d
one
a little
spring cleaning
with its WebSphere product line, which we can only assume was to streamline the brand and make it easier
to understand.
To wit,
WBISF V5.1 is the follow
-
on product to WebSphere Application Server Enterprise
V5.0. Also announced

last week was WBISF for Developers V5.1, which is identical to WBISF 5.1 except
it
's

designed
specifically for
the
testing

environment
. WBISF for Developers V5.1 is the follow
-
on product
to WebSphere Application Server Enterprise for Developers

V5.0. Midr
ange Server is not aware of any
name changes
effecting
WebSphere Studio AD Integration Edition V5.1.


WBISF provides a superset of IBM software tools for the purpose of developing and deploying Web
services. As such, WBISF includes all of the features avai
lable in WebSphere Application Server Network
Deployment V5.1
,

including J2EE 1.3 support, Web Services Gateway, IBM Tivoli

Performance Viewer,
clustering,
and workload management support. Additionally, WBISF provides a runtime environment for
BPEL for Web

Services business processes, business rules, application adapters, and other programming
model extensions, built with WebSphere Studio Application Developer AD Integration Edition V5.1
;

t
he
two products go hand in hand.


With the version 5.1 release, the
combination of WBISF and WebSphere Studio AD Integration Edition
provides the user with handy new programming capability, including: BPEL version 1.1 support; "human
workflow" support (when machine
-
to
-
machine BPEL connections just aren't enough); support f
or "business
rule" beans (for customizing business processes with Java and BPEL); and J2EE programming model
extensions, which add things like extended messaging, dynamic querying, and internationalization to
WBISF applications.


WebSphere Studio AD Integr
ation Edition 5.1 also includes some other new capabilities, including
enhancements to the BPEL debugger, new visual condition builder to direct the execution of BPEL
processes, and automated migration of process flows created with WebSphere Studio AD Inte
gration
Edition V5.0 to BPEL. In addition, both WebSphere Studio AD Integration Edition 5.1 and WBISF 5.1
both provide full support for all the new features introduced in WebSphere Studio AD

V5.1.1, which
includes support for Workbench V2.1.2, support for
building Web Services Interoperability

compliant Web
services, and support for Java development kit 1.4.1.


IBM's Software Group is also bringing Web services
and BPEL execution
to its
iSeries and zSeries servers.
In a statement of direction, IBM committed

to deploying WBISF 5.1 on z/OS during the second quarter of
the year, and on OS/400 during the third quarter. The product is already supported on Linux runnin
g on
those two server platforms
.


IBM
also stated that it intends to support two add
-
on modules
to
WBISF
5.1
and its development side
-
kick
(WebSphere Studio AD Integration Edition 5.1)
during the second half of the year. These add
-
on modules
are WebSphere Business Integration Modeler, which wi
ll be used to model, analyze, and report on business
processes occurring on WBISF
, and

WebSphere Business Integration Monitor,
which
features visual
dashboards and provides a real
-
time view into business process flow.


WBISF 5.1 is now available for Window
s, Unix, and Linux operating systems. WebSphere Studio AD
Integration Edition V5.1, which runs on Windows and Linux workstations, is also now available.