Monthly Archives: September 2013

WebSphere Liberty Core for ISVs – free as in beer

IBM Advantage Blog

IMG_2324When IBM shipped WebSphere Application Server v8.5.5 in June this year there were a couple of new license options made available: (1) Liberty Profile Core and (2) Liberty Profile Core for ISVs. I am very excited for these new members of the product family. This time IBM has done something unusual. ISVs are now able to use Liberty Core to develop applications at no charge and customers of those ISVs can deploy such applications without having to buy license and support for Liberty Core. I believe this move was made by IBM to address competitive pressure from Tomcat, Jetty and other free software.

You might ask, why do I like this change? It would seem that being IBM employee I would want IBM customers to pay for software, not give it away for free. The truth is that there are many small applications that do not require high quality of…

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