IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Oracle GlassFish

As of June 2019, IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 2nd in Application Server with 2 reviews vs Oracle GlassFish which is ranked 8th in Application Server with 1 review. The top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Application Server writes "Enables us to to integrate with IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus, in a mixed Windows/AIX environment". The top reviewer of Oracle GlassFish writes "Offers EE Support. I would like to see integration with MQ systems". IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with JBoss, Oracle WebLogic Server and Tomcat. Oracle GlassFish is most compared with Oracle WebLogic Server, JBoss and IBM WebSphere Application Server.
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Starting with version 8, WAS provides a special folder called monitor deployment. Once you put the .war or .ear file in there, it is deployed automatically without human intervention. This greatly helps us in our continuous integration server. Once the deployment binary is ready, we write a script to copy it to that folder and then, voila! The application is up and running and accessible from its context root.Ease of administration: It has an Integrated Solutions Console, what we call the administrative console, with very detailed configurations and Help pages for each configurable item.Security: It is compatible with the latest Java 8 security features, supports FIPS 140-2 and NIST SP 800-53 with strong ciphers and cryptography keys, and supports TLS 1.2 completely. Also, configuring client and server certificates is relatively easy.IBM WAS is the backbone for our enterprise content management suite which delivers the primary processes for our customers. Without a good application server, it would be hard to provide a secure layer of midddleware upon which the other applications run. IBM WAS improves the stability of the entire solution and provides a high quality platform for running web-based solutions.Without the Admin Console it would be very hard to configure JVM settings, JDBC datasources, mail session settings, and security providers.IBM WAS is extremely scalable. It is easy to add additional servers and to divide the load over servers in all kinds of ways.

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The products offers EE support.

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IBM needs to pay attention to market changes more quickly. We now have Java 9 and very soon Java EE8. We do not want to wait for two or three years after their release until they are supported by the new version.Installing or configuring a WAS server instance as a Windows Service causes a lot of problems, especially when the server needs credentials to stop.Initial setup is very simple. Just use the IBM Installation Manager and add the packages. The install wizard takes care of the rest. The only thing that can be difficult is to find the right packages on the IBM website, because of all the changes that IBM does on its website(s).

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I would like to see integration with MQ systems.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
There is an Eclipse Plugin provided by IBM, so no need to buy IBM Rational Application Developer or Rational Software Architect tools.If your application is just a web app that does not need to scale big, you can obtain a single core license of WAS Express edition, which has almost the same features with limited processing cores. If you manage a very big application farm (i.e. need to run 10 or more WAS servers) it is better to get IBM WAS Hypervisor Edition.IBM WAS base is part of the deal when you purchase IBM FileNet P8 Content Engine.Room for improvement would only be in the licensing. As with all IBM products the licensing can be complex and expensive. Bargain well and try to get as much discount as possible. Discounts of 85% are possible. Without the discount, I think the product is overrated.

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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.Oracle GlassFish Server is a robust open source platform that offers exhaustive and accessible documentation, intuitive administration and configuration features, interoperability with Microsoft Windows, feature-rich integration with NetBeans and Eclipse, and alignment with Oracle Solaris, OpenSolaris, and MySQL.
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