Mid-market companies are looking for complete solutions from solution providers who know
their businesses and specialize in a particular solution category, such as warehouse
management or supply chain integration, within their industry.
In order to provide an environment for the business solution, either the solution provider or the
end customer must obtain the software needed to run the provider’s application program. This
software normally consists of a database, a Web server, and an application server. These
components are not actually part of the business solution, but are required to support the
application program. These components are generally called middleware.
The task of obtaining, installing, configuring, and supporting the middleware components is
often a complex process for the solution provider, who currently has to absorb the cost of
setting up the environment as well as developing and deploying their application. The provider
has to work with multiple suppliers who have multiple terms and conditions, different license
structures, and multiple departments to manage contracts and support structures, all of which
leads to added infrastructure costs and inefficiency.
IBM designed the Express Runtime offering to significantly reduce complexity for the
providers by offering a pre-integrated and pre-configured middleware solution with a single
contract, one license, one set of contracts, and a very competitive price.
This IBM Redbooks publication describes Express Runtime, V2.1.1, in which you get WebSphere Application Server - Express, database options of DB2® UDB Express or Informix Dynamic Server, and IBM HTTP Server with a single install. This single product provides a significantly lower cost compared to purchasing the individual components. Express Runtime includes quick start samples, documentation to
get you up and running quickly and easily, and an improved console for managing
applications and associated middleware.
The book IBM Express Runtime V2.1, SG24-6674, remains available as it includes application
examples in addition to the ones shown in this book.
Table of contents
Summary of changes
Chapter 1. Introduction to Express Runtime V2.1.1
Chapter 2. What’s new in IBM Express Runtime V2.1.1?
Chapter 3. Express Runtime architecture
Chapter 4. Installing Express Runtime
Chapter 5. What’s a wrapper?
Chapter 6. Developing a wrapper
Chapter 7. Packaging a solution
Chapter 8. Deploying a solution
Chapter 9. Managing Express Runtime
Chapter 10. Migrating wrappers to Express Runtime V2.1.1
Appendix A. Source code for IRU2_1_1SampleWin and IRU2_1_1SampleSolutionWin
Appendix B. IIA silent installation