IBM has expanded the number of pre-built adapters that connect its WebSphere Application Server 5.0 with various enterprise applications and hardware environments.
IBM unveiled 50 WebSphere Business Integration Adapters and 300 updated adapters which were developed by both IBM and a number of its business partners.
The company also launched Version 5.3 of WebSphere MQ Extended Security Edition. The product is intended to offer corporate users a more consistent security policy across multiple messaging environments.
The software allows users to implement an end-to-end application-level data protection model more easily and allows administrators to carry remote management of security policies on queues.
IBM also unveiled Lotus Workplace, described by company officials as "an initiative for the next era in collaboration and human interaction".
The initiative combines the collaborative capabilities of Lotus Notes with select features of WebSphere Portal Framework to provide a more modular and extensible environment for delivering different collaborative capabilities.
The adapters, available under IBM's adapter pricing model, will target four vertical markets: healthcare, energy and utilities, automotive and electronics.
IBM claimed it has the broadest set of Java Enterprise Edition 2.0 (J2EE) server adapters available, which are designed to replace the need for custom code in application integration projects.
IBM partners that helped develop the adapters include Attunity, Insevo, iWay, Neon Systems, New Era of Networks and RAI.
IBM also announced Lotus Workplace Messaging, which is the first product launched under the initiative.
The latest adapters from IBM's business partners will be available from 31 July. WebSphere MQ Extended Security Edition 5.3 is also available.
Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld