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Network Computing: Third Time Proves To Be the Charm for IBM's WebSphere [Review]

Feb 28, 2000, 21:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hoffman)

"Last year we tested eight Web application servers, including IBM's WebSphere... And though we thought it showed a lot of promise, WebSphere 2.0 suffered from immaturity and was clearly in catch-up mode compared with its enterprise-level colleagues, including Apple Computer's WebObjects and Bluestone Software's Sapphire/Web. ...WebSphere 3.0 is a very solid, comprehensive solution and offers an impressive jump in functionality, integration and overall architecture compared with its prior release. IBM finally can back up its cool ad campaign with a full-featured e-business-ready solution."

"Although the WebSphere Application Server is cross-platform, the WebSphere Studio runs only under Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT. The application server runs under IBM AIX, Sun Solaris and Windows NT, and is shipped with and runs on Novell NetWare 5. But this is not yet as complete a list as the platforms supported by version 2 (which also supports AS/400, OS/390 and others). Linux support, too, is presently stuck at version 2, but a Linux release of version 3 is in the works. WebSphere 3.0 is still bundled with an SSL-enabled version of Apache (IBM HTTP Server), but also works with Apache 1.3.6, Domino version 5, Lotus Domino Go or higher, Internet Explorer 4.0 and Netscape Enterprise Server version 3.51 or 3.6. Database support is still limited, with the options being IBM DB2 or Oracle 8.0.5. Upon installation, we had trouble getting the administrator's console to start, but this seemed to be related to our desire to use version 1.2 of the JDK (Java Development Kit) instead of the included 1.1.7B version. Once we installed and used the earlier version, everything worked smoothly."

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