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April 11, 2011

IBM unveils WebSphere Application Server at IMPACT 2011 conference

Software allows clients to develop, deploy and manage new types of apps spanning all major platforms

By CBR Staff Writer

At the IMPACT 2011 conference, IBM has unveiled new software that will allow clients to develop, deploy and manage new types of apps spanning all major platforms from the mainframe to mobile devices.

The offering consist WebSphere Application Server (WAS) 8, new software that is designed to speed the development of apps and services.

In addition, the new version of WAS increases a client’s security and control, and delivers automated enhancements for the installation, maintenance, testing and problem resolution of business applications.

The offerings new features extend the reach of WAS to support apps from the desktop to mobile devices through support for smart phones and tablets such as iPad, iPhone, Droid, BlackBerry and others.

WebSphere is IBM’s foundation for the layer of software known as middleware that enables Web applications and computer operating systems to interoperate

Further, the company is introducing more than 50 new products and services to its WebSphere portfolio.

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These products provide IT infrastructures worldwide and include: Workload Deployer; WebSphere Virtual Enterprise; WebSphere DataPower XC10 Appliance; CICS Transaction Server for z/OS; WebSphere Extended Deployment Compute Grid; and WebSphere Application Accelerator.

IBM application and integration middleware general manager Marie Wieck said they are seeing sea changes in the way people demand access to their information and applications.

"With today’s announcement, we are helping our clients to extend key business applications beyond their traditional networks to mobile, social, cloud and other new market opportunities," Wieck said.

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