Today, IBM reveiled it's product strategy for the Express(tm) products in the portal space. 31st of January, IBM WebSphere Portal Express 6.0 will be generally available. As mentioned in the session, it should have the same codebase as Portal 6.01 and will only be differenciated by licensing terms. There are several licensing option, starting from 2,300$ for a 20-user package up to 39,999 $ for a 100 points processor unit machine. It's limited to a one server install (DB2 can reside on a different server, Sametime 7.5 for instant messaging as well). There is a license for Sametime 7.5 for instant messaging included. This is only valuable for IM, NOT for Web Conferencing and VOIP-Chats from the Connect Client. There is also a license for Lotus Component Designer included as well as predefined Web Sites in the WCM part of the product to get businesses up and running faster with intranet and internet sites. There is no Designer license for Portlet Factory included (in contrast to Portal Enable and the other enterprise offerings), the runtime of Portlet Factory is included though. Also, there is currently no fail pure over offering included and (that's sad) this is also not allowed to be used by the licensing terms.
The product will be available for Windows, Linux (including Linux for POWER) and iSeries, NO AIX version available.
This first shipment will be the successor for Portal Express 5 and Portal Express Plus 5. Later in 2007 there will be another product release, which will also be the successor for IBM Workplace Services Express. For both code streams there are trade-in or trade-up options available.
Good news - Portal Express 6 will support all the integration work done in Notes and Domino 8 for composite applications ! It will also support the Lotus Expeditor framework for RCP Applications.