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"The most valuable feature of this solution is Portal Virtualization.""The solution is robust. The connection management and the scalability, which IBM provides to the Stack, are also valuable.""It has good stability of the application server in the long term compared to other solutions.""We needed this type of integration and WebShepere is the best tool for it.""The scalability of the product is quite good.""This solution is easy to use with a GUI that is intuitive and very helpful.""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."

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"This is definitely a stable solution.""The solution is easy to use, easy to maintain and isn't too technical.""The graphical user interface makes it easy for users to configure the sites.""The solution integrates well with most Microsoft products.""The solution is very easy to use and offers a quick deployment.""The solution is easy to use and connects with Microsoft.""What I like the most is that it is easy to use.""Microsoft's technical support has always been very good."

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Cons
"In the next release of this solution, I would like to see support for the Arabic language.""They should make the solution more lightweight and not bundle everything into a single product.""It should be able to serve more concurrent requests like Oracle. Oracle has more powerful stability, availability, and real-time serving.""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.""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.""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.""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."

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"The areas of this solution that need improvement are monitoring, debugging, and troubleshooting.""The solution should improve the cluster environment and load balancing.""This solution needs to be easier for cases where you want to have an IIS cluster.""If Microsoft IIS could work well with AppOptics or things like PHP, Python, and other custom languages that run on the webserver, it would be ideal. I think there are cases where people need to use Apache instead of IIS when IIS doesn't work well with other web languages.""We've never had any issues with the solution, but it's still nice to have overall improvements on it. It could be easier and faster to use, for example.""The documentation is not very detailed. They need to improve it and add to it. They should ensure there are lots of visuals to help users better understand the solution.""In the next release, I would like to see better integration between the cloud environment and the on-premises environment.""The documentation isn't very good and the options are very complex."

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

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"This solution comes included with Windows Server.""The price of the cloud system is a bit high."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It does integrate well with the Tivoli Federated Identity Management system.
Top Answer: We used to pay about $100,000-$120,000 US or somewhere around there. That was a bit cost-prohibitive for us to continue. You need to pay for both software licenses and software support, which was the… more »
Top Answer: I'm not certain if the WebSphere solution was deployed by IBM. There are a lot of complexities in how the solution was actually built and deployed, which means troubleshooting on management for us is… more »
Top Answer: IIS has a very simple and user-friendly interface, which helps a lot in effective and efficient management.
Top Answer: IIS needs immediate improvements, especially in the area of security management. Having no support for other than a Microsoft environment and programming languages limits the usage of IIS in many… more »
Top Answer: I am working as a Software Project Manager for a software company in their Pharma Services Division and using IIS on Microsoft Windows Server for local deployment of our pharma related .NET… more »
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WebSphere Application Server
Windows Server IIS
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Overview
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.
Internet Information Services (IIS) provides a secure, easy-to-manage, modular and extensible platform for reliably hosting websites, services and applications. With IIS, you get choice and control without giving up reliability or security.
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Sample Customers
TalkTalk, Property management group, E.SUN Bank, Ohio National Financial Services, Aviarc, Cincom Systems, FJA-US, D+H, Staples, Michigan Municipal League
Erste Bank Group, NJVC, Samsung Electronics, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Tata Steel Europe, Urban Software Institute
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Government22%
Financial Services Firm22%
Manufacturing Company22%
Healthcare Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider16%
Insurance Company5%
REVIEWERS
Transportation Company25%
Comms Service Provider25%
Aerospace/Defense Firm13%
Mining And Metals Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company24%
Financial Services Firm6%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise59%
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise43%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. IIS and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
534,057 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 2nd in Application Server with 9 reviews while IIS is ranked 1st in Application Server with 11 reviews. IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.2, while IIS is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Application Server writes "Bad documentation, does not scale well, and has a lot of complexities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IIS writes "The interface, simplicity, and ease of management lend flexibility to this configurable solution". IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with JBoss, Tomcat, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Fusion Middleware, whereas IIS is most compared with NGINX Plus, Tomcat, Apache Web Server, Oracle WebLogic Server and JBoss. See our IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. IIS report.

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