Software helps retailers manage business costs.

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WebSphere® Remote Server V5.1.2 provides integrated platform for next-generation stores. Entry Edition delivers application server and database function restricted to level of WebSphere Application Server Express and DB2® Express via product-unique terms. Basic Edition enables premium Web services and high availability capabilities to be added on separately. Advanced Edition delivers full function of DB2 UDB Workgroup Server Edition and WebSphere Application Server Network Dispatcher.



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IBM WebSphere Remote Server V5.1.2 Offering Delivers More Flexibility to Retailers Seeking an Integrated Platform for the Next-generation Store



At a glance
WebSphere Remote Server delivers:

New offering configurations for additional flexibility and affordability

Power of IBM middleware technology designed for the retail store

Remote deployment to stores that is easy to manage and support

Tools and samples to enable retailers and ISVs to build new solutions faster

Java(TM) 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) standards-based platform that provides flexibility in choice of operating system

Platform for delivering the next-generation store

Overview
WebSphere® Remote Server introduces a new lineup of tiered offerings with three configurations designed to provide a more flexible and affordable platform for you as a retailer to manage your business costs effectively.

WebSphere Remote Server for Retail Entry Edition offers a cost-effective, integrated foundation platform for the retail store. This component delivers application server and database function restricted to the level of WebSphere Application Server Express and DB2® Express via product-unique terms.

WebSphere Remote Server for Retail Basic Edition provides an integrated foundation and enables premium Web services and high availability capabilities to be added on separately. This component delivers application server function restricted to the level of WebSphere Application Server via product-unique terms. The two programs available as add-ons to the WebSphere Remote Server for Retail Basic Edition are:

WebSphere Remote Server for Retail Web Services, which extends the WebSphere Remote Server product by allowing incremental adoption of Web Services Gateway and Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI). These capabilities provide the foundation for a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) for in-store retail applications.

WebSphere Remote Server for Retail Clustering and High Availability, which extends the WebSphere Remote Server product by allowing incremental adoption of high availability features and configuration flexibility via workload balancing.

WebSphere Remote Server for Retail Advanced Edition is the IBM on demand software infrastructure optimized for retail store servers. It provides a scalable, flexible IT infrastructure for the retail store. This function-rich platform delivers the full function of DB2 Universal Database® (UDB) Workgroup Server Edition and WebSphere Application Server Network Dispatcher, and provides premium Web services and a high availability platform for in-store processors.

WebSphere Remote Services integrates diverse systems in the retail store, such as existing IBM Point-of-Sale (POS) applications and new POS solutions provided by IBM Business Partners, with the infrastructure to quickly deploy new solutions. It links each store and the retail enterprise to help you determine whether you have the right goods, in the right location, at the right price, and with the level of service and the unique shopping experience that consumers demand.

WebSphere Remote Server is a key component of the Store Integration Framework and the IBM on demand operating environment, supporting a variety of operating systems including the IBM Retail Environment for SUSE LINUX (IRES). For more information, refer to Software Announcement 204-312 , dated December 14, 2004.

Key prerequisites
For details, refer to the Software requirements and Hardware requirements sections.

Planned availability dates
June 3, 2005 (electronic software delivery)
July 6, 2005 (media and documentation)

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