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bundles Leading-Edge Tools And Technologies From Apache And
NetObjects Into IBM WebSphere Application Server

IBM today announced several enhancements to its Web
application server product to help customers build, deploy
and manage Web-based applications. This leading-edge
offering helps customers move from static Web sites to
building powerful e-business solutions. As part of today's
announcement, IBM will:

- Provide commercial-grade support for customers using the
Apache HTTP server and package it with the IBM WebSphere
Application Server*.

- Offer NetObjects ScriptBuilder as the first component of
an easy-to-use, Web-based development tools offering. A
comprehensive WebSphere tools package for building, managing
and deploying dynamic Java applications will be available
later this year.

IBM's WebSphere product line consists of WebSphere
Application Server and WebSphere Performance Pack*.
WebSphere Application Server is a flexible, open foundation
for developers to implement Web applications using Java**.
WebSphere Performance Pack is software that offers a
reliable and scalable environment for rapidly-growing,
high-volume Web sites. Both products will be available this

"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."

The enhanced WebSphere products allow customers to move from
using the Web for publishing static Web pages to creating
dynamic 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.

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

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
Server. 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

IBM's WebSphere tool set also will 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

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 hghest 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

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 services of other solutions. This offers customers an
opportunity to realize high return applications that
integrate commerce, business processes, and content

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
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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.

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EMEA Software Business Tel: 0181 818 5086 E-mail:

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