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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Oracle SOA Suite and other solutions. Updated: July 2019.
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High availability, alert management, and deployments are the most valuable features for us. We have the ND version so we can do deployments.
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.
The ability to stand up a highly available SOA Suite, which has full DR capabilities, in a remote center and synchronize the databases using Data Guard.
We were able to scale out using multiple application and web servers balanced by hardware load balancers and Weblogic clustering.
The product allows you to visualize how a company is working currently by providing rich possibilities for analysis such as the audit trails and therefore shows where improvements might be valuable.
Middleware jobs developing for EC, ERP, and shipping systems become easier.
Enables our Product Manager to post products to different outside EC platforms with only one interface and one process.
Conceptually, how it integrates a lot of essential enterprise process components. That's the most valuable.
The integration with various products.
The footprint could be reduced so that we can use a smaller virtual machine to run the application. We could also use more scripts. I would like this solution to be more script oriented, rather than GUI oriented.
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).
Various parts of SOA, BPEL, and so on, each have their own consoles which need to be accessed individually with different logins. It would be better from an admin perspective if all the consoles were accessible via a single login.
The Maven integration in JDeveloper is very basic and might be enhanced to allow the proper use of Maven.
The installation and adjustment process seems too complex.
The interface is too complicated. Making modifications still requires too much technical knowledge.
The web services need to be more robust.
Pricing and Cost Advice
I don't remember the price, but there are no additional costs.
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.
This product is WebLogic based, hence it can be both resource hungry as well as expensive from a licensing point of view.
It is necessary to evaluate the requirement regarding the platform usage and what the main operation area of the platform will be.
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Also Known As
|WebSphere Application Server||SOA Suite|
|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 SOA Suite is a comprehensive, standards-based software suite to build, deploy and manage integration following the concepts of service-oriented architecture (SOA). The components of the suite benefit from consistent tooling, a single deployment and management model, end-to-end security and unified metadata management. Oracle SOA Suite helps businesses lower costs by allowing maximum re-use of existing IT investments and assets, regardless of the environment (OS, application server, etc.) they run in, or the technology they were built upon. Its easy-to-use, re-use focused, unified application development tooling and end-to-end lifecycle management support further reduces development and maintenance cost and complexity.
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