IBM next year plans to sell a revamped edition of its WebSphere Java server product line that the company says will improve the integration of components within its software portfolio. Big Blue is creating a "modular architecture" for its WebSphere Java application server, which will allow customers to combine IBM software products more easily with WebSphere. The architecture will debut as part of a product--code-named Vela and expected to be called WebSphere 6--that will be released in the second half of next year, according to an IBM representative. The WebSphere application server is used to run custom-written business applications. Creating a more modular software architecture for its entire software line has long been a key goal for IBM's Software Group. The company is adopting Java and Web services standards to serve as the common software foundation and glue to link its products together. Read.