IBM has released a software tool called WebSphere Extended Deployment (XD)version 6.0, to help enterprise users optimise their applications, business processes and data flow through the use of grid computing.
The software, an add-on for WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V5.1, is designed to boost the user's operational efficiency. The software would suit organisations that experience spikes in traffic, an IBM spokeswoman said.
The new product uses the concepts of grid and autonomic computing - a notion inspired by self-regulating biological systems - where software is used to make IT systems predict and anticipate hardware, software and business needs and respond automatically.
It offers scale on demand, designed to accommodate fluctuations in business demands by virtualising WebSphere application resources. It also uses policies based upon defined business goals to support application availability and performance.
WebSphere XD works with an existing IT infrastructure, and supports mixed workload and server types. It prioritises traffic flow throughout an organisation, based on business needs, by automatically adjusting existing software applications and hardware, said IBM.
Sandy Carter, vice president of WebSphere strategy, channels and marketing at IBM, said, "We recognise that not every business process must happen simultaneously, which is why WebSphere XD helps prioritise IT transactions based on business needs while maximising existing resources and investments."
The package integrates with IBM's WebSphere Application Server and the WebSphere platform.
WebSphere XD V6.0 is available now via electronic delivery, and will be available widely from 30 August.
Fourteen organisations beta-tested the software, including the University of Florida, a number of financial organisations, banks and retailers, said IBM.
WebSphere XD Version 6.0
WebSphere XD v6.0 is based on IBM's WebSphere 6.0.2 platform and comes with the following capabilities:
- Suitable for building advanced OLTP applications
- Designed to manage virtualised J2EE environments
- Batch-processing support for J2EE applications
- Mixed batch/online workloads support in a virtualised environment
- WebSphere 6.0 High Availability Manager - technology to provide a system with no single point of failure, and rapid recovery in case of failure
- HTTP flow control and throttling for third party application servers
- Grid-based standalone caching infrastructure - ObjectGrid
- Minor improvements in visualisation and the Partition Facility
- XD now supports many common application upgrade patterns, and multiple versions of common applications.