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IBM Announces New Cloud Offerings

New WebSphere offerings address private and public clouds

IBM announced new offerings today that will help WebSphere users to leverage both public and private clouds. Two new offerings, the WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition and the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance, help users construct private WebSphere cloud environments. In addition, more WebSphere offerings are being made available in the form of Amazon Machine Images. This allows users to utilize IBM WebSphere enterprise class software in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

The WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition is a virtualized packaging of the WebSphere Application Server and is the first IBM Software offering to be packaged according to the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard. The virtual image is shipped ready to run on a hypervisor and comes with a pre-installed Linux Operating System, WebSphere Application Server, and IBM Http Server. In addition, different WebSphere Application Server profile types are included in the image allowing it to take different forms during deployment. Users can also take advantage of the unattended activation mode in which activation scripts can be used to provide an automated virtual image activation process. The WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition can be deployed to VMWare ESX 3.0.2, ESX 3.5, and ESX3i hypervisors.

The WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance is a new offering that allows users to construct, deploy, and maintain private WebSphere cloud environments. It builds on the WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition to introduce the idea of WebSphere Application Server patterns. Patterns are WebSphere configurations, ranging from single server to cluster environments, which include the operating system, middleware components, and user customizations such as applications. WebSphere CloudBurst delivers a set of pre-configured patterns based on ten years of IBM expertise in middleware deployments. Users can also take advantage of an easy to use interface to quickly construct customized patterns including their own middleware applications.

In addition to providing patterns and allowing for their customization, WebSphere CloudBurst deploys these patterns to the user's private cloud. WebSphere CloudBurst allows users to bring their own private cloud in order to take advantage of existing physical resource. After the patterns are up and running in the private cloud, the virtual systems can be monitored and managed through capabilities provided by WebSphere CloudBurst. This includes the ability to monitor individual user's usage, apply maintenance to WebSphere Application Server instances, and reclaim resources when WebSphere deployments are no longer needed.

In the announcement, IBM also indicated that both the WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere eXtreme Scale will be packaged and made available as Amazon Machine Images. This will allow users to take advantage of the features and benefits of both products in a hosted, elastic environment. These two offerings will join already packaged IBM Amazon Machine Images to increase IBM's software availability in the public cloud.

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Dustin Amrhein joined IBM as a member of the development team for WebSphere Application Server. While in that position, he worked on the development of Web services infrastructure and Web services programming models. In his current role, Dustin is a technical specialist for cloud, mobile, and data grid technology in IBM's WebSphere portfolio. He blogs at You can follow him on Twitter at