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"It is more secure to use Apache and you will have fewer problems than other web services.""Its community is its most valuable feature. Solving problems is easier on Apache because so many people know this product.""The best thing about Apache is that it is open-source, so implementing my platform on-premises is less expansive than other solutions.""The solution offers good security."

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"The scalability of the product is quite good.""This solution is easy to use with a GUI that is intuitive and very helpful.""It has good stability of the application server in the long term compared to other solutions.""It does integrate well with the Tivoli Federated Identity Management system.""As compared to other applications, it has tremendous support. We have built internal capability so that we use it extensively internally. It is also easier to use with the outside data. You can write in ESQL, Java, or any other technology that you want to use for development. So, it is a lot more flexible in the language that it supports.""We needed this type of integration and WebShepere is the best tool for it.""The solution is robust. The connection management and the scalability, which IBM provides to the Stack, are also valuable.""The solution has good performance."

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"A monitoring interface would be great for this product. The monitoring dashboards for Apache's models are not included in the basic installation. You can install the basic monitoring model, then connect this model to another monitoring system.""It would be great if technical support for Apache were available in Iran. It is a very important need.""Things change very fast. We're always on the lookout for better approaches and tools. If the solution falls behind, we may have to switch.""The GUI for the less experienced users needs some improvement. For some companies, it is hard to configure it if they have not had any experience."

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"They should make the solution more lightweight and not bundle everything into a single product.""The business logic side of it is sort of missing in the sense that if I want to track and measure velocity, it is not really available. You have to buy another application and embark on a separate implementation. Instead of having different licensing, IBM DataPower should be integrated with WebSphere. It will allow us to build the business layer and rules a lot more efficiently, rather than developing rules within the application. It would be good if we can set up the business layer through parametrization rather than development. IBM DataPower has the business rule and the controls, and if it can be integrated, it would be fantastic. It will help the application in working better in terms of security features and business logic. If you're going to use it for open banking, you will be able to monitor velocity on the total pricing.""The availability of the solution needs improvement.""Some things are very difficult to do, so the interface and usage could be more intuitive for those.""The solution could improve the integration.""I think that this is a good product but I think that the cloud environment could be improved. I think that the future is in the utilization of the product in a product as a service way which is something that is lacking at this moment.""Based on the field and based on the build that was provided, we've noticed a lot of constraints in terms of the performance now.""It should be able to serve more concurrent requests like Oracle. Oracle has more powerful stability, availability, and real-time serving."

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"The apache software is free, open-source."

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"It is very expensive.""We used to pay about $100,000-$120,000 US or somewhere around there. That was a bit cost-prohibitive for us to continue.""The price of IBM WebSphere Application Server could be less expensive and there is an annual license required for this solution.""We pay around $200,000 annually.""The price of this product is higher than that of competitors."

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Top Answer: The solution offers good security.
Top Answer: We pay for the solution yearly. I cannot speak to the exact amount the organization pays as the licensing part of the solution isn't something I deal with directly.
Top Answer: I haven't really gone in deep in utilizing the full functionality of the product just yet. We just use it enough to run our application. There's probably a lot on the solution we haven't even tried… more »
Top Answer: The price of IBM WebSphere Application Server could be less expensive and there is an annual license required for this solution.
Top Answer: The solution could improve the integration.
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Also Known As
Apache HTTP Server
WebSphere Application Server
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The Apache HTTP Server Project was founded in 1995 by a group of webmasters, known as The Apache Group, with the aim of developing robust, richly-featured, freely-available and commercial-standard Web (HTTP) server source code. The result was Apache Web Server or Apache HTTP Server, which is an open-source public-domain web server.

This collaborative project has been enhanced ever since with contributions from the core development team and other volunteers situated all over the globe. Also, hundreds of users of this open-source web server have contributed code, ideas, and documentation. The project falls under The Apache Software Foundation, which manages many open-source projects.

IBM WebSphere Application Server provides a range of flexible, secure, Java EE 7 runtime environments available on premises or across any public, private or hybrid cloud.
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Sample Customers
Cisco, Intuit, General Electric, Adobe, VMware, PayPal, HP, EMC, eBay, Apple, SAP, Qualcomm, SanDisk, Allstate, FedEx
TalkTalk, Property management group, E.SUN Bank, Ohio National Financial Services, Aviarc, Cincom Systems, FJA-US, D+H, Staples, Michigan Municipal League
Top Industries
Computer Software Company29%
Insurance Company14%
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company21%
Financial Services Firm7%
Financial Services Firm27%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company18%
Computer Software Company28%
Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider16%
Insurance Company5%
Company Size
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise60%
Large Enterprise30%
Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise61%
Find out what your peers are saying about Apache Web Server vs. IBM WebSphere Application Server and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Apache Web Server is ranked 10th in Application Infrastructure with 4 reviews while IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 6th in Application Infrastructure with 8 reviews. Apache Web Server is rated 8.0, while IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of Apache Web Server writes "Has good security, speed and traffic handling features ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Application Server writes "Bad documentation, does not scale well, and has a lot of complexities". Apache Web Server is most compared with IIS, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Microsoft .NET Framework, NGINX Plus and WebLogic Suite, whereas IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with Tomcat, JBoss, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle GlassFish. See our Apache Web Server vs. IBM WebSphere Application Server report.

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