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JBoss is #5 ranked solution in top Application Server tools. IT Central Station users give JBoss an average rating of 8 out of 10. JBoss is most commonly compared to IBM WebSphere Application Server:JBoss vs IBM WebSphere Application Server. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 29% of all views.
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Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP), a market-leading, fully certified Java EE platform, gives you a single platform to quickly develop and deploy applications. Use traditional Red Hat JBoss EAP to gain business agility with your existing applications and reduce the costs of proprietary platforms.
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Erick  Garcia Ramirez
Software Engineer at Globant
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good documentation, very stable, and scalable

Pros and Cons

  • "There's good documentation and a pretty good community surrounding the product."
  • "In general, the support of the ERPC would be really good due to the fact that, so far, I have not seen it."

What is our primary use case?

The product is basically middleware. What we have is several applications running on JBoss. Basically, it is very old and there we have those services exposed. Our target is to move them to ERPC, or something more modern, like REST or ESPC, or a combination of both.

What we currently have here, still, is SOAP services, which is a very old middleware. They also are using it for scheduling some items such as some recurrent procedures. They have a queue manager as well.

How has it helped my organization?

I've only been with this client in the last six months, however, the middleware has been the backbone for them for several years. The organization depends on it. The business depends on it.

What is most valuable?

The solution is stable.

You can scale the solution.

There's good documentation and a pretty good community surrounding the product.

What needs improvement?

JBoss is too much for what we need. When it was developed, it made sense. I liked having all of these services and all of these applications mounted on vehicles due to the capability. We could have several clusters in one JBoss instance. Nowadays, that solution is kind of too much maybe. We're not using very distinctive capabilities.

If the client decides to keep on JBoss instead of migrating to services, to the different architecture, the next steps would be to take more advantage of the new features, changing the code to a Java 11 style. Of course, they need to modernize the services, and consider migrating to new stuff that is available already for items like REST. Or even the use of stuff like GraphQL.

In general, the support of the ERPC would be really good due to the fact that, so far, I have not seen it. I have not even tried GraphQL, however, having any of these new technologies for exposing services would be really, really good for JBoss, That's what is moving forward in the industry.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for the last six months. It has been since June. Prior to that, I only had small chunks of time with some JBoss systems. If I would gather them all, it would be about eight months of collective experience with the product.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

From what I have seen, the solution is stable. Even when it was migrated to the cloud to AWS, as it was first on-premises, it was capable of dealing with heavy loads. We never saw one of the instances crashing. We haven't seen a problem related to JBoss. The client is more concerned about how old the code is and of course, they want it to move to the cloud. That's why we started to move it to AWS. Now we're dockerizing in JBoss and taking it to GCP due to the fact that the target, at the end of the day, is to modernize everything. Whether if it remains in Google Cloud as a containerized set of applications, or it's split on services or have them both parallel migrating to services, it seems like it will remain stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

On scalability, we have enough instances in production. I have not heard about any issues with scalability. It should be easy enough to do.

As far as I know, there are three or four applications that are using the middleware. And there are some other applications that use it as well. I have three and they are like portals. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't really reached out to technical support in the past. If there's technical support needed on the code, typically I can check it out.

They have a strong community. I haven't had a need to reach out to them, however. They have good documentation for JBoss. It's available as long as you have an account and you can get the information that you might need for troubleshooting.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The solution already existed. I'm not sure if they had a different solution prior to this.

How was the initial setup?

We arrived at this project. The solution was already set up. We haven't been implementing anything, we've been cleaning up all the projects. We've been making improvements on it. The solution already existed. Of course, there are things that can be leveraged, like the organization or the structure into the project. But no, the solution was already there. We have been dealing with it and parallel. We have been building a proposal to the client for migrating into small services.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I'm not sure of the exact pricing, however, my sense is that it's expensive as the client no longer wants to pay for it and would like to move away from it or onto the cloud.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

What is currently being evaluated is what to use to replace this solution. The client is looking for a change.

For splitting the services into small microservices or small services, we are proposing the use of Quarkus which is a modern set of tools and of the same type as Red Hat, or Java. We are proposing Quarkus as the platform for building the services. Of course, we'll be using Java 11 for the services. We already have developed something on GRPC, and there's also the option to use REST. What we have found is less problematic when it comes to migrating, is to do a bunch of code is Quarkus precisely due to the fact that it allows us to use a lot of capabilities from Java's enterprise edition. Quarkus is the more modern technology that we have found for making it easier to make a transition.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We are currently migrating an application that was developed, on JBoss, and we are taking it to the Cloud.

The project was started on JBoss 6.2, however, now that we are mounting it in the Cloud, we're using JBoss EAP 7.3. The client doesn't want to pay more rights to RedHat. Now we're moving JBoss to WildFly, which is really easy. It's just to avoid the licenses. 

The deployment version is on-premises. The productive version is still on AWS on-premises, on some virtual machines that the company paid for. However, when it comes to the cloud, we are installing it in Google Cloud. We are moving it. We have these deployments in parallel.

I could recommend this solution as I have seen that it's stable. There are some things that are still done in an old-fashioned way, however, it's still stable and you can find the connotation for that. You can have the option to use it in the cloud. We are using containers already for tables in the cloud. My advice would be simply to have it really clear why you want to use it. Alternatively, if you are going to have a really heavy application where you need everything together, of course, JBoss is a good option.

I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
BT
Head of Department at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Lightweight and reasonably-priced, but the support should be bundled with Red Hat support

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the UI."
  • "Having the support combined with Red Hat support would be an improvement."

What is our primary use case?

JBoss is a product that we implement for our clients. It is used as an application server and a web server. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the UI.

This is a lightweight server.

What needs improvement?

The support should be bundled with the Red Hat OS support because as it is now, these are two separate costs. Having the support combined with Red Hat support would be an improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using JBoss for a couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any problems with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable product.

How are customer service and technical support?

Our application support team will contact JBoss support if they have an issue, but so far they have not needed to. We have not seen any major or critical problems.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also have Oracle WebLogic in the company and some of the developers prefer to use JBoss. Three or four of our applications use JBoss and the remaining ones, which is most of them, use WebLogic.

In terms of memory, it is better than Oracle WebLogic.

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team is responsible for deployment and maintenance. We have one person from the infrastructure team to help install and tune it. A second person performs day-to-day troubleshooting on it.

Once we deliver and deploy the server, there is another team to support the application.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This price of JBoss is cheaper than similar solutions like Oracle WebLogic. We pay for a maintenance license, but it is not expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

JBoss is what we settled on when we were searching for alternatives to WebLogic.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is that for anybody who is searching for a lightweight application or web server, JBoss is one of the options that I recommend. We plan to continue using it.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Implementer
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Information Technology Consultant at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Reliable, scalable, and easy to use from a developer's perspective

Pros and Cons

  • "It is a Java-based product, so it is pretty straightforward. It is pretty easy from a developer's perspective. It is also pretty reliable and scalable."
  • "It can have automation features. Everybody is focused right now on automation. In terms of saving cost, automation is always the first thing that comes to light."

What is our primary use case?

I am working on a deal where JBoss is being renewed. It is a legacy version. The use case is around a financial institution that enables banks to do peer-to-peer transactions. Finance is the core business of the companies I'm working with.

What is most valuable?

It is a Java-based product, so it is pretty straightforward. It is pretty easy from a developer's perspective. It is also pretty reliable and scalable.

What needs improvement?

It can have automation features. Everybody is focused right now on automation. In terms of saving cost, automation is always the first thing that comes to light.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have seen big enterprises using JBoss. So, it doesn't matter what the size of the organization is. JBoss can fit regardless of the size.

In terms of the number of users, in the organization I'm working with, there are 20 developers and a couple of infrastructure guys. They have a lot of developers in this particular organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

There are no concerns in terms of support. They received support directly from Red Hat.

How was the initial setup?

It is pretty straightforward from my perspective. The deployment duration depends on what you're trying to do with this solution, but it is pretty straightforward and can be deployed in a couple of hours.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

They went for what they were comfortable with, and they weren't much interested in new solutions.

What other advice do I have?

Its recommendation depends on the vision of the organization. We need to have that understanding first before we provide them some sort of solution. It will depend on what they already have in place or what they're planning to do. Customers are moving to the cloud, and there are other alternatives out there, but of course, it will depend on understanding the journey of the customer.

I would rate JBoss an eight out of ten, just for how common it is to use Java as a language.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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KC
Individual Contributor at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to use, stable, and responsive support

What is our primary use case?

JBoss is used for our main applications, it is our core system. All the core systems that we use are on JBoss and we use mod_proxy combined with WildFly to do the load balancing. Additionally, we use automation using Red Hat Ansible Tower, and for a web server, we use Red Hat for the entrance.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use.  If I use Red Hat JBoss and Red Hat web server, I can do more configuration. I use the AP server to control my webserver. I don't have to always log in to the webserver and change configuration or do all the changes. I can do all the configuration on the AP server, only using JBoss.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by providing more integration.

For how long have I used the solution?

What is our primary use case?

JBoss is used for our main applications, it is our core system. All the core systems that we use are on JBoss and we use mod_proxy combined with WildFly to do the load balancing. Additionally, we use automation using Red Hat Ansible Tower, and for a web server, we use Red Hat for the entrance.

What is most valuable?

The solution is easy to use. 

If I use Red Hat JBoss and Red Hat web server, I can do more configuration. I use the AP server to control my webserver. I don't have to always log in to the webserver and change configuration or do all the changes. I can do all the configuration on the AP server, only using JBoss.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve by providing more integration.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using JBoss for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have found JBoss to be much more stable than some solutions from IBM.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have two users of JBoss in my organization.

How are customer service and support?

I have been satisfied with the technical support, the speed at which they respond is good.

How was the initial setup?

JBoss is easy to install.

What about the implementation team?

We have two engineers in our company and they do the implementation and maintenance of the solution.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate JBoss an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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