WebSphere has always been slagged for being too big, too slow and too monolithic, but that hasn't stopped IBM's flagship server-side software from being deployed successfully to banks, governments and financial institutions across the globe. Maybe WebSphere consultants are more low-key type of folk compared to those people doing micro-services work, or those developers creating open source cloud computing software. But the fact is, WebSphere gets relatively little press. Does that indicate that its relevance is diminishing?
Insights from the inside
We spoke with Simon Maple from ZeroTurnaround a little while ago. Actually, it was a bit more than 'a little', but that's not a particularly pertinent fact. Maple used to work for IBM at the Hursley Lab, and we always got the impression that he was a fan of what IBM was doing on the WebSphere front. So now that he's traded in his IBM badge for keys to the ZeroTurnaround building, we figured he'd be a fairly honest resource to go to for some straight talk about IBM and their WebSphere family of products.
To hear what Simon has to say about the role of WebSphere in modern, server-side architectures, download the podcast of our conversation:
There’s more to the podcast than just the discussion of monolithic application servers. We addressed the question as to whether the ESB is dead, who the winners and losers are when Docker and Kubernetes goes mainstream, what’s new and cool in terms of the Internet of Things, and of course, some discussion of the tools ZeroTurnaround sells, namely XRebel and JRebel. A write up of the conversation can be found here:
In case you haven’t heard enough…
By the way, Simon has often been a bit of a go-to-guy at TheServerSide, as he’s always good for an expert quote or two. For more insights from the man whose name makes you want to order some pancakes, look no further:
- How to mix cloud computing and DevOps to maximize productivity
- Docker and containerization: The uncontainable trend of 2015
- Rethink your tooling: How to make the DevOps promise a reality
- How can you do DevOps right if you don't even know what DevOps means?
- Server-side trends? Modular and componentized application servers
- Who are the heroes of the tech world?
Tell us what you think of the role of WebSphere in 2015. Leave a comment below.