Taking another step towards gluing together heterogeneous environments, IBM is building a new version of WebSphere that will better leverage Web services to tie together a patchwork of server-based environments.
The upcoming version, code-named Pyxis, will support the most recent Web services communications protocols and will be built on IBM's messaging software, enterprise service bus (ESB), a technology designed to improve integration.
The untitled version, which may or may not be called WebSphere 7, is due late this year or early 2006, according to IBM officials.
Adding to current versions for RFID and mobile data delivery, IBM later this year plans to release versions of WebSphere dedicated to specific application needs.
On tap are an improved version of its WebSphere Business Integration server, as well as an enhanced version of its ESB.
The latter will reside inside the core version of the WebSphere Application Server.