WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Technical Overview

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 25 June 2013

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IBM Form #: REDP-4855-01
(56 pages)

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Authors: Carla Sadtler, Jan Bajerski, Davide Barillari, Libor Cada, Susan Hanson, Guo Liang Huang, Rispna Jain, Shishir Narain, Jennifer Ricciuti, Christian Steege


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. These products make it easier for clients to build, deploy, and manage dynamic websites and other more complex solutions productively and effectively.

IBM WebSphere Application Server is the implementation by IBM of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) platform. It conforms to the Java EE 6 specifications as one of its supporting programming models. WebSphere Application Server is available in unique packages that are designed to meet a wide range of client requirements. Each package has its own unique characteristics, but at the heart of all of them is the same runtime application server environment.

This IBM Redpaper™ publication provides an overview of the technical features of the runtime server component in WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5. Throughout the paper, the phrase (New in V8.5.5) indicates changes introduced in this version.

For more detailed information about topics included in this paper, see the following companion IBM Redbooks® and Redpaper publications:

  • WebSphere Application Server: New Features in V8.5.5 (published)
  • WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Concepts, Planning, and Design Guide
  • WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Administration and Configuration Guide for the Full Profile
  • WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile Guide for Developers
  • WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Administration Guide for the Liberty Profile

Table of contents

Overview of WebSphere Application Server
WebSphere Application Server packaging
WebSphere Application Server profiles
WebSphere Application Server full profile concepts
Liberty profile concepts
Development and testing of applications
Integration with other products
Summary of programming support
Summary of capabilities

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