WebSphere Application Server Version 8.0 Beta Speaks Java EE 6

WebSphere Application Server Version 8.0 Beta comes with Java EE 6 support:

  • Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1
  • Java Persistence API (JPA) 2.0
  • JavaServer Faces (JSF) 2.0
  • JavaServer Pages (JSP) 2.2
  • Servlet 3.0
  • Java EE Connector Architecture 1.6
  • Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java (CDI)
  • RESTful Web Services (JAX-RS)
  • Portions of JAX-WS 2.2
  • JAXB 2.2

[I would really like to test it, but I only have 8GB RAM, 4 Cores and 140 GB available on my hard disc :-).]



I work on the WebSphere CDI team and am also a committer on Apache Open WebBeans.

It is a misconception that WAS is bloated or requires expensive hardware.

We only need Intel Pentium processor at 500 MHz or faster and Minimum 512 MB physical memory.

Your input is valued. I encourage you to play with the beta.

For installing WAS8 beta see

Our system requirements

Rohit Kelapure

Posted by Rohit Kelapure on October 19, 2010 at 05:22 PM CEST #

I would agree with Rohit's comment that it is a misconception that WAS is "bloated". I know Adam's comment is made in jest but certainly doesn't help the misconception.

I would also point out that WebSphere 7.0 introduced a new feature that would "provision" only the components that are required for applications deployed to a server. Although the setting is disabled by default you can enable it and reduce the footprint of running unneeded services. I believe this is a fairly unique feature not provided by any other server so you can get the "lightweight" server you want if you only deploy WARs but still have a fully Java EE compliant server for applications that need it.

More info is here:

I will agree that WebSphere will not have the startup speed of Glassfish that Adam always likes to point out though.

Posted by Stuart Smith on October 19, 2010 at 10:35 PM CEST #


last year I had to install Java EE 5 (EJB 3) support for WebSphere (I guess 7). The file size was about ...1 GB. After the installation it was really fast and usable- what surprised me.

I will take a look at WAS 8. The first problem - the download procedure is not that obvious :).

Btw. one of my first projects was WAS in ~1998. It looked almost identical to Sun's Java Web Server :-)



Posted by adam-bien.com on October 19, 2010 at 11:22 PM CEST #


Posted by Amul on March 16, 2011 at 11:37 AM CET #

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