IBM® WebSphere® Application Server is the leading software foundation for service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications and services for your enterprise. With IBM WebSphere Application Server, you can build business-critical enterprise applications and solutions, and combine them with innovative new functions. The WebSphere Application Server family includes and supports a range of products that helps you develop and serve your business applications. You can use these products to build, deploy, and manage dynamic websites and other more complex solutions productively and effectively.
Beginning with WebSphere Application Server V8.5, two profiles of the runtime application server are delivered. The full profile is the traditional run time that supports a broad range of programming models and features that are designed to provide workload management, availability, scalability, performance, and security. The Liberty profile is a lightweight application serving run time with many of the same features that are available in the full profile, but it is designed for more streamlined operations. WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 further enhances the capabilities in the Liberty profile to add programming support, for example, web services and messaging support, and to add runtime features that are designed to enhance security, availability, and more.
This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide provides insight into the usage of the Liberty profile for development, testing, and production environments.
For related information about this topic, refer to the following IBM Redbooks publication:
WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Concepts, Planning, and Design Guide, SG24-8022-01
IBM® WebSphere® Application Server is the runtime implementation of IBM of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) platform. WebSphere Application Server is available in unique packages that meet a wide range of customer requirements. Each package has its own unique characteristics, but at the heart of all of them is the same runtime application server environment. The run time that is traditionally available with the WebSphere Application Server is referred to as the full profile.
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