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In computing, IBM WebSphere refers to a brand of software products, although the term also refers in popular usage to one specific product: IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS). WebSphere is designed to set up, operate and integrate electronic business applications across multiple computing platforms, using Java-based Web technologies. It includes both the run-time components and the tools to develop applications that will run on WAS.

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IBM introduced the first product in this brand, IBM WebSphere Performance Pack, in June 1998[1]. As of 2010 it forms a part of IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment.

IBM WebSphere software

The following complete list of IBM WebSphere software uses IBM classifications.[2] Several tools appear in more than one category.


Application Servers

Distributed Application & Web Servers

Application integration, data access and integration, business processing and distributed transaction monitoring:

In Memory DataGrid or distributed cache

Partitioned, replicated and elastic storage of data in a grid of machines. Can also be used for distributed caching

  • IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale ([2])

Other Application Servers

Other platforms on which to run inter-operable applications:

Business Integration

Application Integration and Connectivity

Application Integration and Connectivity middleware reduces the complexity of connecting applications to applications.

  • WebSphere Adapters (JCA-based) and WebSphere Business Integration Adapters
  • Data Interchange
    • for MultiPlatforms
    • for z/OS
  • IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances
    • DataPower Integration Appliance XI50
    • DataPower XML Security Gateway XS40
    • DataPower XML Accelerator XA35
  • IBM WebSphere ESB
  • IBM WebSphere Message Broker
    • for MultiPlatforms
    • for z/OS
    • with Rules and Formatter Extension for Multiplatforms
    • with Rules and Formatter Extension for z/OS
  • IBM WebSphere MQ
    • Express
    • Extended Security Edition
    • for z/OS
    • V6
  • WebSphere MQ Everyplace
    • Network Edition
    • Retail Edition
  • WebSphere Service Registry and Repository
  • WebSphere Transformation Extender
  • WebSphere Business Integration for Financial Networks
    • v2.2
      • for z/OS
      • for AIX

Process integration

Runtime and infrastructure for real-time application integration, event-driven processing and process automation.


Web commerce

Platform framework for e-commerce, including marketing, sales, customer and order processing functionality in a tailorable, integrated package.

Mobile, Speech and Enterprise Access

Device Software

Device software consists of client-side software, embedded in mobile devices. It interfaces with supporting server-side software.

Mobile and Enterprise Access

  • Everyplace Access
  • Everyplace Deployment, which has evolved into IBM Lotus Expeditor
  • Everyplace Mobile Portal Enable


Delivers Business-to-employee (B2E) and Business-to-consumer (B2C) services, including voice recognition and telephony speech processing:

  • Embedded ViaVoice
  • Unified Messaging for WebSphere Voice Response


  • Everyplace Subscription Manager
  • Voice Response for AIX
  • Voice Server


Translation applications convert languages automatically and assist humans performing internationalization tasks.

  • Translation Server, for Multiplatforms

Other Mobile, Speech and Enterprise Access

  • Everyplace Device Manager
  • Everyplace Mobile Portal
  • Everyplace Server for Telecom
  • IP Multimedia Subsystem Connector
  • WebSphere Presence Server
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID) Premises Server
  • WebSphere Telecom Web Services Server


Host Access

Provides multi-protocol transparency and control and connectivity (protocol stacks and terminal emulation) to host applications.

  • WebFacing Deployment Tool with HATS Technology
  • WebSphere Host Access Transformation Services
  • WebSphere Host Integration Solution
  • WebSphere Host On-Demand

Organizational productivity, portals and collaboration


Portals provide personalized access to a variety of applications and aggregate disparate content sources and services. Portals allow people to customize their user experience, with personalized applications based on role, context, actions, location, preferences and team-collaboration needs. There are many other things that can be brought into a portal site.

Software Development

Integrated Development Environment

Application development tools for Websphere

Analysis modeling and design

Assists in creating resilient architectures for Service-oriented architecture (SOA), programming specifications, business processes and rules.

  • Branch Transformation Toolkit for WebSphere Studio
  • WebFacing Deployment Tool with HATS Technology
  • WebSphere Developer
  • WebSphere Development Studio Client Advanced Edition for iSeries
  • WebSphere Studio Asset Analyzer
  • WebSphere Studio Device Developer

Problem-determination tools

Problem-determination and -debugging tools:

  • Application Performance Analyzer for System z
  • Debugger Tool for System z
  • File Manager for System z
  • Fault Analyzer for System z
  • Optim Move for DB2
  • Workload Simulator for OS/390 and System z

Process and portfolio management

Implements and manages enterprise processes and investments:

  • IBM Asset Transformation Workbench
  • IBM Workbench

Software quality management

Tools that address all dimensions of software quality: functionality, reliability and performance:

  • Studio Workload Simulator for z/OS and OS/390

Traditional programming-languages and compilers

3GL and 4GL/RAD language-based tools and unified development environments.

Systems management

Application performance and availability

Define, measure, and manage to committed service-levels across complex heterogeneous environments with central control.

  • Studio Application Monitor

Enterprise content management

  • Information Integrator, Content Edition (IICE)
  • IBM WebSphere Information Integration

WebSphere compatibility matrix

This table is derived from IBM Information Center: Specifications and API documentation
WebSphere version WebSphere 3.5 WebSphere 4.0 WebSphere 5.0 WebSphere 5.1 WebSphere 6.0 WebSphere 6.1 WebSphere 7.0
Release date 1998 ? June 2001 ? November 2002? November 2003 ? late 2004 May 2006 Sept 2008
End of support 30 Nov 2003 30 April 2005 30 Sept 2006 30 Sept 2008 30 Sept 2010
JDK 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.6
JavaEE ? 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.5
Servlet 2.1&2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.5
JSP 0.91&1.0&1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2 2.0 2.0 2.1
EJB 1.0 1.1 2.0 2.0 2.1 2.1 3.0

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ IBM Introduces WebSphere Performance Pack
  2. ^ IBM WebSphere software - Products by category
  3. ^ WebSphere Portal belongs to the IBM Lotus products but to the WebSphere brand [1]

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