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The new features and capabilities found in the WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere MQ 6.0 lets organizations combine new and existing heterogeneous IT assets as part of composite applications that reside on an underlying service-oriented architecture (SOA) across distributed and mainframe environments. As you deploy your composite applications, having a complete strategy in place to manage and secure them properly becomes the next goal. This article explains the key changes in version 6.0 from a management perspective and offers pointers on how to meet the management and security challenges specific to the WebSphere 6.0 platform. What's New in WebSphere 6.0? The IBM product line known as the WebSphere platform contains more than 350 different products, but in this article we'll focus on the two major elements of the 6.0 release: WebSphere Application Server an... (more)

Managing the WebSphere Platform - Getting an end-to-end view of your applications

Your applications have just gone through a reasonably in-depth testing cycle, and now they are finally deployed in your WebSphere production environment. Great! So now I wonder... what about your WebSphere business processes? Do you understand your applications' topology, know which components participate on which flows, and in which system they "live"? And what about the end-to-end picture? Do you know where your routers are, which WebSphere Application Server is connected to which Web server or to which WebSphere MQ system? And what about your connectivity with your back-end s... (more)

Understanding the Global Picture

Application servers have transformed traditional commercial Web sites from simple publishing models to sophisticated environments and applications that are central to an organization's growth and operations. WebSphere must be understood in the context of an extended WebSphere environment. Let's take a look at a typical WebSphere implementation. WebSphere environments include Web servers (WebSphere ships with IBM HTTP server powered by Apache, but it also integrates with Apache, IIS, Netscape, and IPlanet Web servers); caching servers; deployed applications; back-end systems, inc... (more)

Practical Steps for Building and Managing an Internal Cloud

If you are reading this article, chances are that you are one of the 50% of x86 architectures that (according to Gartner) will be running in virtual machines by 2012. Organizations of all sizes are exploring virtualization because it enables them to increase server utilization and reduce hardware costs and complexity, as well as the overall total cost of ownership. Here at Ipswitch we haven't purchased a single server in almost three years now, so we are going to walk you through the steps that we have taken to build and manage our internal cloud. As a full disclosure, we are the... (more)