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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.""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."

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"Web apps are very easy to deploy.""The most valuable feature of this solution is that it supports Java Enterprise.""Tomcat is user-friendly and easy to set up, especially compared to WebLogic or JBoss where some specialty is required. If you are going for Tomcat, you can use their guidelines and can set it up easily.""We chose to use Tomcat because it's perfect compared to other containers that we have tested.""The most valuable features of this solution are the general web server features.""The most valuable feature is the free EE server.""The deployment process is very fast."

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"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.""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."

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"I would personally like it if the admin console would show more information specifically about memory being used.""The high availability is not as robust as the competition is such as WebLogic and Jboss.""Tomcat is used mainly for database connections. As of now, we configure that environment for any database configuration. But if any utility can integrate where we can pass the database connection as a string of details, then it should encrypt them and keep them inside. From that security perspective, Tomcat requires improvement. They should integrate this security feature.""The interface is not user-friendly.""Technical support is limited.""In the solution, we are using the terminal to enter command line codes for operations and management, this is difficult for me. It would be better if we had some administrator UI tools for this.""It would be great if they offered more integration of monitoring tools."

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"I don't remember the price, but there are no additional costs.""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."

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"This is an open-source product and it's free to use.""We are using the open-source version.""The solution is free."

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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: The deployment process is very fast.
Top Answer: I don't have too much experience with monitoring, however, it's possible it could be improved. It would be great if they offered more integration of monitoring tools. The management maybe can be… more »
Top Answer: We primarily use the solution on our main e-commerce web page.
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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.
Apache Tomcat is an open source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies. The Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket specifications are developed under the Java Community Process. Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
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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
Walmart.com, The Weather Channel, E*Trade, Delta Virtual Airlines, General Motors, AppFuse, Bonhams, CardinalHealth, CarGurus.com, FarmDirectory.org, Millenium Pharmaceuticals, RecipeLand.com, WebShots, QuickCreative.net, MyOtherDrive
Top Industries
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Government25%
Financial Services Firm25%
Manufacturing Company25%
Healthcare Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm17%
Media Company5%
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Financial Services Firm22%
University11%
Government11%
Transportation Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm14%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise63%
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Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise44%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Tomcat and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
523,742 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 2nd in Application Server with 9 reviews while Tomcat is ranked 4th in Application Server with 7 reviews. IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.2, while Tomcat is rated 7.8. 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 Tomcat writes "User-friendly and easy to set up". IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with JBoss, IBM BPM, Oracle WebLogic Server, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and IIS, whereas Tomcat is most compared with Oracle WebLogic Server, JBoss, IIS, Caucho Resin and Oracle GlassFish. See our IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Tomcat report.

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