IBM WebSphere Application Server - Support
IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) is at the heart of digital business. It powers Banking, Finance, Insurance, Travel, Retail, Manufacturing, Distribution businesses and many more.
It also underpins a number of Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) solutions that run on top of it.
As an invested customer of IBM you no doubt want to know what the WebSphere Application Server (WAS) roadmap is for the future and be aware of versions going end of life. To make life easier we have summarised these new WebSphere Application Server product releases and end-of-software support withdrawal dates and provided them in the table below, rather than you having to scour the web. We will update this table as new releases are introduced.
The newest version of WebSphere Application Server is known as WebSphere Liberty. This is a cloud-ready offering and can be run in containers on Kubernetes either on public cloud, private cloud or hybrid (a combination of both public and private). It’s used to modernise existing applications as well as build new innovative cloud native solutions.
At DeeperThanBlue we have worked with WebSphere Application Server for over 20 years. Our team are experienced in deploying WAS in simple configurations right through to clustered high volume workloads. In the last few years, we have been helping clients migrate their environments to the cloud (Google Cloud Platform – GCP, Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS) as well as providing managed services and support.
We recommend keeping up to date with software patches and fixes for WebSphere Application Server (WAS) as well as ensuring you have an upgrade path clearly defined to ensure you don’t fall foul of running mission-critical applications on unsupported software versions. You can then benefit from taking advantage of the new features and improvements in the latest version of IBM WebSphere Liberty:
- Cloud-ready software able to run in private, public and hybrid clouds using Containers and Kubernetes
- Lightweight, flexible and efficient
- Continuous delivery optimised
- Support for SpringBoot apps
- Flexible licensing options
- Performance improvements
The software support table below includes information on IBM’s WebSphere Application Server (WAS) product lifecycles including year of introduction (GA – General Availability), the current supported versions, and IBM end of software support dates.
If you need support, assistance with an upgrade or advice on any of these products, please use our online chat facility (UK business hours), book an appointment with the team or get in touch in the form below.
IBM Websphere Application Server (WAS) – Part of IBM Hybrid Cloud
|| Fix Pack
||End of support date
|Websphere Liberty (CD)
|Websphere Application Server V9
|Websphere Application Server V8.55
|Websphere Liberty Profile
||8.5 Liberty Profile
|Websphere Application Server V8.5
|Websphere Application Server V8.0
|Websphere Application Server V7.0
|Websphere Application Server V6.1
|Websphere Application Server V6.0
|Websphere Application Server V5.0
|Websphere Application Server V4.0
|Websphere Application Server V3.5
Note: I-OS and Z-OS GA release and withdrawal dates may vary.
Operating Systems supported: AIX, Sun Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, Z/OS, IBM i (OS/400), Windows and VM-Ware.