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Standard support for WebSphere Application Server versions 8.5.5 and 9.0.5 through at least 2030

  • 1.  Standard support for WebSphere Application Server versions 8.5.5 and 9.0.5 through at least 2030

    User Group Leader
    Posted Tue March 24, 2020 02:55 PM
    Edited by Michael Thompson Wed March 25, 2020 09:09 AM

    Today, IBM announced (220-128) that it will provide standard support for WebSphere Application Server versions 8.5.5 and 9.0.5 through at least 2030. I wrote an announcement blog here at the WAS community, as well as an FAQ.

    The key message for this announcement, apart from the longer standard support for both WAS 8.5.5 and 9.0.5 on IBM JDK 8, is that WAS clients have:

    • More time to modernize.
    • More time to run existing workloads.
    • No need to move off 8.5.5 to get support.
    • Time to explore & invest in Cloud Native apps and platform.

    If you have questions, let us know!

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    Michael Thompson
    Senior Technical Offering Manager
    IBM
    Austin TX
    512-286-8891
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  • 2.  RE: Standard support for WebSphere Application Server versions 8.5.5 and 9.0.5 through at least 2030

    Posted Thu April 02, 2020 08:51 PM
    Hello,
    I've got few additional questions regarding the Open Liberty vs commercial WebSphere Liberty commercial support status going forward.

    In the FAQ you seem to recommend Open Liberty, but that comes wihout any commercial support (some can be optionally purchased though).

    How about the commercial WebSphere Liberty offered either together with the traditional editions, or as a separate (but more limited) Liberty Core edition? Is this going to be an option in the long term (beyond 2030)?

    Or what's the recommended approach?

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    Petr H
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  • 3.  RE: Standard support for WebSphere Application Server versions 8.5.5 and 9.0.5 through at least 2030

    Posted Fri April 03, 2020 11:33 AM

    Hi Petr,

    Open Liberty and the Liberty's you get with each of the editions can be described as follows:

    • Open Liberty - for new applications where you don't require traditional WebSphere compatibility features, such as Java EE Web Profile 6 or Liberty Collectives support. 
    • WebSphere Liberty Core - for applications only requiring limited API capabilities.
    • WebSphere Liberty 'Base' - for applications where you require traditional WebSphere compatibility (e.g. if you're migrating an EE6 applications to Liberty). 
    • WebSphere Liberty ND - for Liberty applications where you need clustering (i.e. using Liberty Collectives) outside of a managed Kubernetes environment, such as IBM Cloud Pak for Applications or OpenShift.

    You get support for the WebSphere Liberty editions by purchasing entitlements for those or through IBM Cloud Pak for Applications.  You can get support for Open Liberty deployments using WebSphere 8.5.5 or 9.0.5 'Base'/ND entitlements or IBM Cloud Pak for Applications entitlements or Red Hat Runtimes entitlements.

    Note, if you're already using WebSphere Liberty there is no need to switch to Open Liberty, but hopefully, the above shows where each has unique value.

    I hope this helps.

    Regards, Graham.

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    Graham Charters
    STSM, WebSphere OSGi Applications
    IBM
    Winchester
    4.41963E+11
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