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Pros
"The solution is very stable and robust.""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.""This solution is easy to use with a GUI that is intuitive and very helpful.""The solution has good performance.""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.""The scalability of the product is quite good.""It does integrate well with the Tivoli Federated Identity Management system."

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"It is very usable and easy to understand. Antivirus and VPN are the main features being used now. It allows my clients to access the network from home, which was very crucial because of the pandemic.""The most valuable feature is AppFabric's hosting solution, which is what we need for running workflows."

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Cons
"The solution could improve the integration.""In spite of the solution's robustness, it is expensive and a bit difficult to support.""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.""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.""They should make the solution more lightweight and not bundle everything into a single product.""Some things are very difficult to do, so the interface and usage could be more intuitive for those.""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.""It should be able to serve more concurrent requests like Oracle. Oracle has more powerful stability, availability, and real-time serving."

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"Microsoft will stop supporting the product next year, and we can't run unsupported programs in our systems.""Its price and licensing policy can be improved. It could be a little cheaper. Licensing is sometimes confusing. There are so many different options. It is difficult to find out what to buy or what to choose for my necessity."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We pay around $200,000 annually.""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.""We used to pay about $100,000-$120,000 US or somewhere around there. That was a bit cost-prohibitive for us to continue.""The price of this product is higher than that of competitors.""The licensing policy is based on the PVU base."

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"It is expensive, and its licensing is a bit confusing."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The price of IBM WebSphere Application Server could be less expensive and there is an annual license required for this solution.
Top Answer: The solution could improve the integration.
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is AppFabric's hosting solution, which is what we need for running workflows.
Top Answer: This product is being deprecated, so there is nothing new being added to it or improved. It's not going anywhere. Microsoft will stop supporting the product next year, and we can't run unsupported… more »
Top Answer: We primarily use AppFabric for the hosting of workflows.
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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.
Windows Server AppFabric extends Windows Server to provide enhanced hosting, management, and caching capabilities for Web applications and middle-tier services. The AppFabric hosting features add service management extensions to Internet Information Services (IIS), Windows Process Activation Service (WAS), and the .NET Framework 4. This includes Hosting Services and Hosting Administration tools that make it easier to deploy, configure, and manage Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) based services. The AppFabric caching features add a distributed, in-memory object cache to Windows Server that makes it easier to scale out high-performance .NET applications, especially ASP.NET applications.
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TalkTalk, Property management group, E.SUN Bank, Ohio National Financial Services, Aviarc, Cincom Systems, FJA-US, D+H, Staples, Michigan Municipal League
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Financial Services Firm27%
Computer Software Company18%
Government18%
Manufacturing Company18%
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Financial Services Firm17%
Comms Service Provider16%
Insurance Company6%
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Midsize Enterprise11%
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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Windows Server AppFabric and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,676 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 6th in Application Infrastructure with 9 reviews while Windows Server AppFabric is ranked 16th in Application Infrastructure with 2 reviews. IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.2, while Windows Server AppFabric 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 Windows Server AppFabric writes "Very usable, easy to understand, and stable". IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with Tomcat, JBoss, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Oracle WebLogic Server and IBM BPM, whereas Windows Server AppFabric is most compared with IIS. See our IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Windows Server AppFabric report.

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