Beta 3 of WebSphere Portal 7 Now Available

I just saw that IBM released beta 3 of Portal 7 this week. I didn't see it on my #ls10 radar on twitter, so I guess I'm not following enough Portal geeks out there.

New features in Beta 3 include:
Also IBM is announcing a Portal Hypervisor edition for use with WebSphere Cloudburst. This is a preconfigured image that can be deployed onto VMware ESX/ESXi and VSphere. I don't see in the documentation that it is available for PowerVM, but you can bet that is in the works as there are a LOT of AIX installs out there.

Then they have a new beta for WebSphere Portlet factory. Portlet Factory beta's new features include:
Now Portlet factory, is a tool that you can use to build not only portlets, but also plain old java web apps. Its name is a bit of a disguise for some of its hidden gems. I've deployed web apps to tomcat with this tool before. Now, its no substitute for a pure ground-up high performance app, but if you need an application with lots of features and you need it quick, this is a real productivity tool. Of course, it shines in developing portlets because doing a portlet has quite a bit more complexity that a Java EE web app.

I'm dowloading the latest beta now. I still have not had a time to review the last beta, so I guess this is good timing!

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