IBM WebSphere Application Server Overview

IBM WebSphere Application Server is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Application Server tools. It is most often compared to JBoss: IBM WebSphere Application Server vs JBoss

What is IBM 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.

IBM WebSphere Application Server is also known as WebSphere Application Server.

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IBM WebSphere Application Server Customers
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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Abdel Moneim Emad
Enterprise Solutions Architect at Intercom Enterprises
Real User
Enables us to to integrate with IBM MQ and IBM Integration Bus, in a mixed Windows/AIX environment

Pros and Cons

  • "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 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."

What other advice do I have?

IBM products, in general, need a lot of experience. They are very similar, have much in common, but to avoid getting into trouble and strange issues, it's important to read within the IBM Knowledge Center before starting. Also, do not skip any step in the installation/migration/configuration section, as it may stop you later, even without your knowing it.
ITCS user
FileNet Technical Architect at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Admin Console allows us to configure the app server as middleware for our ECM stack

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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)."

What other advice do I have?

Get a good feeling for how many users your system has and work out a system architecture before starting to implement IBM WAS. It is a product that can be implemented in many ways. Making a wrong choice in implementation can cause a lot of headaches later on.
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Systems Analyst 4 at Utmb heath
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It's scalable and reliable. The support that we get is important.

What other advice do I have?

It's an awesome solution. Compared to everything else that's out there in the market right now, IBM MQ is hands down the best solution available and that's based on 40 years of IT experience. Invest in training. It's a complex product, but once you learn how it works, it's fantastic. Reliability and the use of cutting-edge technology are important factors while selecting a vendor. Everything that's already in IBM MQ is state-of-the-art technology.