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The most valuable feature of this solution is Portal Virtualization.
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 program is scalable.
The solution is very scalable. It's easy to add processes even if you are new to the solution.
Scalability on the solution is great. It's very very easy to scale.
The feature that I have found to be the most valuable is the ease of deployment.
A valuable feature is its integration with Oracle Database.
It easily connects to other Oracle products and services.
In the next release of this solution, I would like to see support for the Arabic language.
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).
I think the support could be much better.
The solution needs to share more information in terms of training. There needs to be more documentation involved to help those who are completely new to the product.
The licensing for the solution is pretty expensive. It may be the most expensive solution, if you were to compare it to the competition.
This solution would benefit from the inclusion of a ripple start function for clusters.
This solution doesn't have connectors to other external applications.
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.
Scaling is costly.
Technical support is very costly.
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|WebSphere Application Server|
|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 WebLogic Suite is an integrated solution for building onpremise cloud application infrastructures that span web server, application server and data grid technology tiers. It includes Oracle WebLogic Server, an application server for developing and deploying applications across conventional and cloud environments, Oracle Coherence Enterprise Edition, Oracle Web Tier, Oracle TopLink, Oracle Java Mission Control and Flight Recorder, and other component technologies.|
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