Liferay Portal vs WebSphere Portal

Liferay Portal
Liferay Portal is an alternative enterprise web platform for building business solutions that deliver immediate results and long-term value. Liferay Portal ships with broad product capabilities to provide immediate return on investment: Content & Document Management with Microsoft Office integration, Web Publishing and Shared Workspaces, Enterprise Collaboration, Social Networking and Mashups, Enterprise Portals and Identity Management
WebSphere Portal
IBM WebSphere Portal is a set of software tools that enables companies to build and manage web portals. The WebSphere Portal package is a component of WebSphere software. The basic package includes a web server, WebSphere Application Server, LDAP directory, IBM DB2 database, development tools, web site templates and other essential site management tools such as a configuration wizard. In addition, some editions of WebSphere Portal include limited entitlements to Lotus Web Content Management, Lotus Quickr document management, Lotus Sametime instant messaging, and Lotus Forms electronic forms.
Liferay Portal vs WebSphere Portal in our news:

2016 - Liferay launched Digital Experience Platform

Open source enterprise CMS provider Liferay launched Digital Experience Platform (DXP) - the solution is designed to help companies create and manage experiences that support the end-to-end customer relationship. It offers a comprehensive view of customers that extends beyond marketing by bringing together sales, marketing, support and service teams, design highly personalized experiences by targeting useful information, offers and resources to user segments and individuals, create a single customer profile aggregated from all of the customer’s interactions with the company as well as important data points, access to engagement data such as video content views, click-throughs on targeted content, community activity and social metadata.

2015 - Liferay partners with Red Hat to provide an open source portal solution

Liferay and Red Hat are collaborating on an open source portal that combines Liferay Portal and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP). The product is targeting companies that want more open-source, enterprise grade portal options, the companies maintain. To that end, there is the potential of additional integration with other Red Hat JBoss Middleware products in the near future. From a company perspective the deal is an interesting one in that Red Hat stopped offering new subscriptions to JBoss Portal in February 2015. Red Hat is continuing support for JBoss Portal through the current release stream, which is scheduled to end in March 2018. This new venture represents, one could conclude, Red Hat's ongoing commitment to the portal market.

2012 - Open Text and Liferay create Dropbox clones

Could you imagine couple of years ago that such serious enterprise vendors like Open Text and Liferay, that develop such a serious enterprise content management systems (ECM) will copy such a simple consumer service as Dropbox? Nevertheless, it happens. Because even in large corporations (that use ECM) employees are ordinary people. And they also don't want to work for the system, but want the system to help them work. And they also use Dropbox, even if IT administrators prohibit it. There is only one way out - to create the same (simple) service and protect it with firewall. This is the very idea behind the new services: Open Text Tempo and Liferay Sync. They allow to sync files between desktop folder, web account, tablet and smartphone, quickly share files with co-workers, and they work on corporate servers. That's simple.

2008 - IBM-Microsoft shoot-out at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference

This morning at the Enterprise 2.0 conference we were treated to a series of semi-structured Social Software demos pitting IBM (Connections) against Microsoft (SharePoint), all moderated by Mike Gotta of the Burton Group. Interestingly, both vendors pushed the portal angle: IBM bringing WebSphere Portal Server into play (partly as a container to mix in its quite separate collaboration tool, Quickr) and Microsoft showing off various 3rd-party Web Parts that can compensate for the dearth of native Social Networking services in Sharepoint.

IBM came off looking better for various reasons. They fielded a more focused demo team -- never to be underestimated -- but also because Connections has some slick, Ajax interfaces, and SharePoint does not. Ajax does not necessarily bring better usability, but done right, it can simplify complex interfaces.

And believe me: most Social Software tools ship with busy, power-user interfaces -- the sort of complex dashboards that have induced vertigo among enterprise portal users for years now. Social Software vendors seem to assume that all adopters are information addicts, wanting to scan multi-column pages packed with small-point text and hundreds of links to related, or popular, or recommended information. For some, surely that's true, but what about the mass of your colleagues? Asked one participant, "Are there documented best practices to implement [Lotus] Connections without overwhelming the community?"

IBM also previewed a selection of alphaware, including a social network analysis module and feed reader that will darken the marketplace "some time this year." SharePoint in contrast, came off as quite boring, and in the "back-channel" chat room a lonely, dogged Redmond representative got tortured by attendees. There's a palpable anti-Microsoft vibe among consultants here -- as you would suspect at any "cool" conference -- but I wonder if that's partly just resentment. Many of the enterprise attendees I spoke to are at least experimenting with SharePoint before going out into the marketplace to select another tool. Whatever its (many) demerits as a Social Software platform, SharePoint feels simple. IBM's Connections product made a good show for itself, but as we'll highlight in the Enterprise Social Software Report 2008, the attendant infrastructure requirements are not trivial.

2006 - Mainsoft brings .Net to WebSphere Portal

Mainsoft on Wednesday released software designed to bridge the gap between .Net and Java applications on IBM's WebSphere Portal server.

Because they are written using differnet programming languages, applications written with Microsoft's .Net tools and Java programs cannot be tightly integrated, according to Mainsoft executives. The company's Visual MainWin for J2EE, Portal Edition allows developers to take existing Microsoft ASP.Net Web applications and recompile them to run on IBM's WebSphere Portal.

Running Java portal and .Net programs on a single server, a move endorsed by IBM, provides better application performance for the end user, said Jenna Dobkin, director of marketing at Mainsoft. She added that Mainsoft's tools makes use of Novell's open-source Mono software to make .Net applications compatible with Java portals.

2005 - IBM tunes high-end WebSphere server

A high-end version of IBM's WebSphere application server, which has utility computing-style features, will be available at the end of August, the company said Thursday.

Called WebSphere Extended Deployment version 6, the Java-based application server is designed to run multiple applications efficiently by automatically shifting computing workloads across several hardware servers. The latest edition improves the tools for prioritizing jobs, handles both transaction-intensive and batch workloads, and runs non-WebSphere programs. It also allows administrators to update software without bringing applications offline and improves performance with better data caching, according to IBM.

2005 - IBM beefs up WebSphere for integration to catch up with SharePoint

IBM will bulk up the standards-based integration tools in the next version of its WebSphere server software, reflecting the consistently strong demand among corporate customers for software to glue disparate systems together. The next edition of WebSphere will add support for the latest Web services communications protocols and build on the machine-to-machine messaging software the company recently introduced, said Robert LeBlanc, general manager of IBM's application and integration middleware division. IBM is also looking to introduce versions of WebSphere for specialized purposes, LeBlanc said. The company already has a WebSphere application server designed for radio frequency identification (RFID) applications, and a "pervasive" edition serving up data to embedded and handheld computing devices.

2004 - IBM tightens up WebSphere

IBM is expected to disclose on Wednesday features of the forthcoming version of its WebSphere application server, which will center on improving performance and administration.

WebSphere Application Server 6, the company's Java-based server software for running business applications, will be available before the end of the year, the company said. Big Blue had added a number of enhancements designed to make the software more reliable in case of outages and simpler to manage once applications are running.

The update will also bear the first fruits of IBM's strategy to beef up its standards-based integration software. The company has rewritten the Java-based messaging engine included in WebSphere and developed tools to simplify the task of wiring applications together via messaging.

IBM's primary competitors in the Java application servers are BEA Systems, which is trying to stabilize itself after two disappointing quarters and the departure of several executives, and Oracle, which analysts say is seeing growth in its market share. The market is getting increasingly competitive as Sun Microsystems makes its bid to garner more customers and developers seek open-source , such as JBoss, to commercial Java application servers.

Like IBM, BEA plans to introduce data messaging capability--called an enterprise service bus--into the next version of its own application server, which is expected next year. Reliability, in the form of automated backup, is also a top design priority, BEA executives said.

Feature presentation

Many of the features built into WebSphere 6 Application Server, such as quicker start-up time and better performance, were dictated by the needs of independent software vendors, said Bob Sutor, IBM's director of WebSphere infrastructure. IBM last year launched a broad campaign to enlist application partners to embed IBM's infrastructure software, or middleware, in their own products.

The WebSphere update introduces a tool to simplify the process of configuring servers in a cluster, where one server acts as a backup for others. It has also revamped the transaction-processing software so that outages that may have caused five or six minutes of costly downtime are reduced to a few seconds, Sutor said.

WebSphere 6 Application Server also adds support for standards, including the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) Basic Profile 1.1, WS-Security and WS Transactions.

In tandem with the release of WebSphere server software, IBM will release a rebranded set of Java development tools, which will include wizards to reduce the time required to perform common tasks. WebSphere Site Developer will be called Rational Web Developer for WebSphere Software and WebSphere Application Developer, which is aimed writing more complex applications, will be called Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software.

IBM did not disclose pricing for the upcoming version. The current cost of WebSphere Network Deployment, the entry level server, is $15,000 per processor. The Express version, which is aimed at small and midsize businesses, costs $2,000 per processor but is limited to a two-processor server.

2004 - IBM expands WebSphere's portal tools

IBM announced on Tuesday a series of enhancements for WebSphere Portal Application Integrator, the company's set of tools for building corporate Web applications.

WPAI is part of IBM's WebSphere family of products for creating corporate portals, internal Web sites that allow workers to view corporate data through a customized interface.

The new tools are intended to make it easier for companies to create applications that display and consume data from back-end systems, such as human resources databases, said Tim Thatcher, IBM program director of portal and workspace products.

WPAI will offer a greater selection of "portlets," applications for common portal tasks. Companies can use the portlets as-is or customize them.

"We want to make it easy for customers to integrate the various business processes and applications into a portal," Thatcher said. "One of the things we find a lot of customers doing is providing self-service human resources portals, for example, so we've included portlets for that."

WebSphere Portal has also been outfitted with new document functions, including the ability to import and export documents to and from a portal, and to do lightweight editing within the portal. Other portlets will link with Lotus collaboration tools to help workers find and manage shared documents.

Thatcher said the goal is to accommodate a variety of collaboration situations, from impromptu document editing to more elaborate team sessions. "If I can collaborate at the point of need--without necessarily having to go to a buddy list or open a new window--it becomes more useful," he said.

2004 - IBM readies new WebSphere

IBM on Thursday released a developer edition of its WebSphere Java server software, the first preview of a major update to the software due later this year.

The company is making the "technical preview" available as a free download to let developers and other software providers become familiar with new features, according to IBM. A final version of the new WebSphere release is expected to ship in the second half of the year.

The most significant addition to the early product, called WebSphere Application Server Technology for Developers version 6, is support for the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) version 1.4 standard. This capability will simplify the creation of Web services applications using Java as a programming language, said Bob Sutor, director of WebSphere infrastructure at IBM.

IBM competitor Sun Microsystems, which controls the Java standard, in December released its own Java server software compliant with the J2EE 1.4 specification.

That software, called Sun Application Server 8.0, serves as both Sun's low-end Java server product and as a reference implementation of the J2EE 1.4 standard, which Java licensees can use to measure compliance with the standard.

IBM's initial release of WebSphere 6 is intended to be a simple, low-end version of its Java server software. Later this year, IBM will release follow-on editions of WebSphere 6 which will include more advanced features, Sutor said.

WebSphere is now compliant with the interoperability guidelines, called the "basic profile," put out by the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) group. "That means that even though a Web service is written in Java, because it follows the WS-I profile, it can talk to anything else, no matter what language it's written in," Sutor said.

Some of the new features in WebSphere will help bolster IBM's ongoing effort to court independent software vendors (ISVs) to build applications using IBM's Java middleware, Sutor said.

WebSphere 6 adds support for the Java Connector Architecture (JCA), a way to use Java programs to existing back-end systems. These enhanced integration capabilities will make it simpler for ISVs to connect their applications to other systems in a corporation, Sutor said.