IBM has released an enterprise version of its WebSphere Web application server software for businesses with large transaction-rate needs.
WebSphere Enterprise Edition uses Enterprise Java-Beans to connect legacy data to a high-performance transaction-based Web site at the front end.
It will be available from September in the US but will not be offered in the UK until next year, with British pricing not yet set. It will cost $35,000 (£22,300) in the US, with an additional tool kit to cost $7,500 (£4,800) per developer.
The software builds on the existing standard and advanced versions of Websphere, launched last year, and combines IBM's TXSeries and Component Broker technology with Enterprise Java-Beans.
Nigel Beck, director of WebSphere marketing, said IBM will no longer sell TXSeries and Component Broker separately.
Websphere Enterprise Edition will run on OS/390, NT, AIX and Solaris, but not on NetWare. Although WebSphere standard edition comes with NetWare as standard, Paraic Sweeney, WebSphere's marketing vice president, said NetWare was "not suited to large-transaction systems".
The new edition does have some overlap with existing IBM products, however.
Asked whether the WebSphere Enterprise Edition would make Lotus Domino, which also provides a platform for Web applications, effectively redundant, Sweeney said: "It's like having a sports car and a bus. A sports car would be better for a country drive, but if you're transporting a football team to a match, the bus is better."
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