"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 22.214.171.124 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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