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IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Administration and Configuration Guide for Liberty Profile by Jennifer Ricciuti, Neil Patterson, Toshiyuki Iue, Anil Esen

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Accessing databases
When an application or WebSphere component requires access to a relational database, that database must be defined to WebSphere as a data source. Two basic definitions are required:
A Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) provider definition describes a vendor-provided JDBC driver. It includes the type of database access that it provides and the location of the files that provide the implementation.
A data source definition defines which JDBC provider to use, the name, and location of the database, and other connection properties. ...

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