IBM's Websphere is 10 years old.
Back in 1998, there were 25 developers. Today, there are 6000 across IBM and another 10,000 developer partners (including Nortel), serving some 100,000 WebSphere customers.
The initial focus was on rapid development of web apps supporting HTTP, Servlet and Java environments. WebSphere has since evolved to being a SOA platform, including connectivity to many systems, such as Oracle databases, SAP and Siebel CRM. It now includes a suite of products including the WebSphere Application Server (WAS), which is based on open standards such as J2EE, XML and the new Web Services standards.
And WebSphere continues to evolve with increased scalability, and expanded support for social computing, rich Internet applications, and Web 2.0.
Wintergreen Research reports that WebSphere has a 64% market share, against direct competitors such as Oracle's (BEA's) WebLogic, and open source challengers such as JBoss.
This is all to explain why we have chosen IBM's WAS as the first framework with which to integrate the Nortel Agile Communication Environment (ACE). Integrating with IBM's WAS, and associated WebSphere products such as WebSphere Modeler and Portal, allows Nortel to achieve higher performance, speed and simplicity in accelerating deployment of customer Communications Enabled Application solutions based on ACE.
It's a software world, and ACE will integrate with other environments, such as Microsoft BizTalk and .NET, and SAP's NetWeaver.
Contrast this with Cisco's network-centric SONA approach which many believe will be a bottleneck rather than an accelerator of business accelerating applications.