The WSO2 Application Server (AS) is an enterprise-ready, fully-open source application server based on the component-based, WSO2 Carbon platform. It utilizes Apache Tomcat and is capable of hosting any kind of Web application deployable in Tomcat. The WSO2 Application Server also has extensive Web service management capabilities. Users have the capability to simply and effectively create, consume and manage their applications and services in a unified manner through the Application Server's "Management Console" user-interface.
Unlike many over-bloated, proprietary solutions, WSO2 has created a new platform that cuts out unnecessary layers, supporting the full WS-* stack in a simple, clean, lightweight model. It has full support for XML, SOAP, WSDL, is reliable, scalable and supports secure communication and transactional integration based on the concept of loose coupling. Web applications inherit features such as authentication/authorization, user management from the WSO2 Carbon platform.
The WSO2 Application Server brings together a number of open source projects into a single, seamless, easy-to-use offering. Instead of having you to download different parts of the Apache Web services stack separately and assemble them together, WSO2 has already done that for you. With the WSO2 AS, you get a single, integrated package with lots of additional features which are inherited from the powerful WSO2 Carbon platform.
About the Documentation
This is the official, released WSO2 Application Server Documentation, hosted at: http://docs.wso2.org/wiki/application-server-documentation.
The purpose of this documentation is to provide you with information for setting up, configuring and implementing the WSO2 Application Server. To find a specific topic in a particular section, click on the topic name in the Table of Contents.
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Getting Started for First-Time Users
The following topics introduce the WSO2 Application Server: