IBM Adds Enterprise JavaBean Support to WebSphere and VisualAge

In a move to facilitate the construction of Web applications, IBM will make Enterprise JavaBean support available for both its WebSphere Web application server and VisualAge application development products, according to published reports.

The server-based Enterprise JavaBean technology is designed to make it easier for software developers to build and deploy applications that run on a variety of platforms. Using this technology, companies can create e-business applications with Java, without having to modify their existing systems.

IBM also announced the availability of WebSphere Application Server, Standard Edition 2.0, providing customers with an enhanced version of its open, multi-platform, standards-based, Web server deployment platform. This edition includes the new IBM HTTP Services, based on the Apache Web server.

WebSphere Application Server, Standard Edition 2.0 will be available by year-end for $795 on Sun Solaris, Microsoft Windows NT, IBM AIX and will soon be available for OS/2. WebSphere Application Server, Standard Edition 1.1 currently ships as a no-charge feature with OS/390 and AS/400 and the 2.0 functionality will soon be integrated into the operating systems.

WebSphere Application Server, Advanced Edition 2.0 will be available by year-end for $6,000 on Sun Solaris, Microsoft Windows NT, IBM AIX and will soon be available for OS/2.

--L. Greenemeier