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IBM today announced several enhancements to its WebSphere
product line, including packaging the popular Apache HTTP
Server with the WebSphere Application Server*. IBM also
announced general availability of WebSphere Application
Server and the NetObjects ScriptBuilder tool for the
WebSphere Application Server.

With the majority of companies using the Web for publishing
purposes, the enhanced WebSphere products allow customers to
go a step further and implement e-business solutions. IBM
WebSphere Application Server works with most
industry-standard HTTP servers, including those from
Netscape and Microsoft, while both the Apache HTTP Server
and Lotus Domino Go Webserver will be shipped with WebSphere
Application Server.

"By delivering WebSphere with the Apache HTTP Server and
adding new application building capabilities from
NetObjects, WebSphere offers Web site developers the
opportunity to create a whole new class of e-business
applications," said Paraic Sweeney, vice president, Web
Server Software Marketing at IBM. "Now Web site developers
can take advantage of both Java programming and the
scalability provided by WebSphere."

IBM's WebSphere product line consists of WebSphere
Application Server, a flexible, open foundation for
developers to implement Web applications using Java, and
WebSphere Performance Pack*, Web facilities management
software that supports rapid growth at high-volume Web
sites. Later in 1998, IBM will deliver the next WebSphere
product, a comprehensive set of tools for building,
deploying and managing Web sites using WebSphere Application

IBM Teams Up With Apache

IBM will ship the Apache HTTP server with the IBM WebSphere
Application Server, helping current Apache users to evolve
to e-business solutions. As part of the WebSphere
Application Server package, IBM will provide commercial,
enterprise-level support for the Apache HTTP Server.

In addition, IBM will be a full participant in the Apache
HTTP Server Project, a collaborative development effort, and
will make contributions to enhance the capabilities of the
Apache HTTP Server. This will allow IBM customers to benefit
from the broad range of skills and partners in the
marketplace, while the Apache community can take advantage
of IBM's development contributions and industry-leading
support and services.

NetObjects Complements WebSphere Application Server with
Advanced Scripting Tools

NetObjects delivers the first development tool of what will
become a comprehensive tool set for building, deploying and
managing dynamic Web sites using WebSphere Application

NetObjects' new ScriptBuilder 2.01 offers web site
developers a powerful, easy-to-use script editor for
creating Java Server Pages. For a limited time, IBM is
offering a complimentary downloadable copy of NetObjects
ScriptBuilder to customers of WebSphere Application Server.

IBM will incorporate NetObjects Fusion and NetObjects
TeamFusion site development tools into future releases of
the WebSphere product line to support rapid development of
e-business solutions by individuals and teams of web site
developers. IBM's WebSphere tool set will also include IBM
VisualAge* for Java and "wizards" for the NetObjects tools
to automate tasks such as generating code for database
integration. As a result, developers will find it easier to
build, deploy and manage dynamic Web sites using the
WebSphere Application Server .

IBM Net.Commerce and WebSphere

The current release of Net.Commerce Pro includes the Java
servlet runtime technology from the WebSphere Application
Server. In addition, Net.Commerce can be used with the
WebSphere Performance Pack to achieve the highest levels of
performance and scalability. Future releases of Net.Commerce
will share additional WebSphere components including
NetObjects Fusion for application development and the Apache
HTTP Server for HTTP services.

WebSphere and IBM San Francisco

WebSphere Application Server users can now connect to
applications developed using IBM San Francisco* business
application components for Java.

San Francisco-built applications can be accessed by an HTML
page using servlets deployed on the WebSphere Application
Server. San Francisco 1.2 is now shipping a sample
"connector" servlet that works with WebSphere Application

Future Directions for WebSphere

IBM will provide Enterprise Java Beans** support in future
releases of the WebSphere Application Server, and plans to
provide a growth path to highly scalable transactional
environments, such as IBM's TXSeries* and Component Broker*.

In future releases, IBM WebSphere Application Server will
provide the capability to serve e-media content ranging from
streaming audio and video, 3D and panoramic images.
Additionally, the IBM WebSphere Performance Pack, available
now, provides the high throughput, high availability and
performance-on-demand service central to offering multimedia
over the Web.

Platform Support and Availability

WebSphere Application Server will be available on June 30,
1998 for Sun Solaris**, Microsoft Windows NT** and IBM AIX*
at a price of US$795. WebSphere Application Server now ships
as a no-charge feature with OS/390*, and will be available
with OS/400* later this year.

WebSphere will work with Lotus Domino as it would with the
HTTP servers of other solutions. This offers customers an
opportunity to realize high return applications that
integrate commerce, business processes, and content
capabilities together.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company,
with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate.
IBM Software offers the widest range of applications,
middleware and operating systems for all types of computing
platforms, allowing customers to take full advantage of the
new era of e-business. The fastest way to get more
information about IBM software is through the IBM Software
home page at Additional
information on the WebSphere product line may be found on
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* Indicates trademark or registered trademark of
International Business Machines Corporation. ** Java, Sun
and Solaris are registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems,
Inc. Microsoft and Windows NT are registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are owned by the
respective companies.

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