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Real User
Middleware specialist at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 25 2015

What do you think of Tomcat?

Valuable Features:

Simplicity Speed of deployment

Improvements to My Organization:

It allows rapid application deployment for Java web container applications. It provides a stable platform for the application to work with.

Room for Improvement:

The documentation can be better. It also lacks the flexibility to configure files. Clustering is complicated.

Use of Solution:

I managed it for approximately three years.

Deployment Issues:

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues:

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues:

It's difficult to scale/cluster.

Initial Setup:

It was straightforward.
Vendor
Sr. Solution Development Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 24 2015

What do you think of Tomcat?

What is most valuable?

- JSP/Servlet container - Realm database for role and user management

For how long have I used the solution?

10 years

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Out-of-Memory issues, which can be solved by increasing the heap space.

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

Tomcat is a simple JSP/JSF container, but if you want to host J2EE applications you must switch to other solutions, such as JBOSS or Oracle Web Logic.

What about the implementation team?

In-house

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

Tomcat is free and opensource.
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Vendor
Solutions Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 05 2015

What is most valuable?

It has a small footprint.

How has it helped my organization?

With this, we were able to deliver our products faster to our customers through packaging.

What needs improvement?

The configuration needs work.

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

Keep the systems simple. Try to work with open-source solutions and pay for technical support and subscription to support the projects.

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

We switched because of the nature of the application and technology.

What other advice do I have?

I was using Apache Tomcat, JBoss AS (RedHat), WebMethods (Software AG) and IIS (Microsoft). All of them have their specialities, but depending on the goals and purpose… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes I always and regularly evaluate. In case of Java we evaluated all Applications servers who support JEE full profile.
Vendor
Analista de Sistemas de Tecnologia da Informação - Pleno at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 28 2015

What is most valuable?

* It’s an open source software project, developed under the Java community process and the Apache license version 2. * It has a big knowledge base. * It works very well… more »

How has it helped my organization?

In my organization we have lots of technologies and we use Apache Tomcat for web projects that don’t need the EJB implementation. We use it because it is cheaper than… more »

What needs improvement?

This product needs an improvement to its centralized management console that can apply configurations and deployments for large scale clusters and groups of servers… more »

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

If you don’t have the knowledge in-house, there are other vendors in the market that are Tomcat based and have other features like centralized management, modular… more »

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

Once, we had a big cluster that needed complex configurations and we changed our option and now work with JBoss 6 EAP from Red Hat. This was because it has a centralized… more »

What other advice do I have?

You don’t need to have fear. It is simple and efficient. Just search the community and you will find your answers.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Tomcat is the best product in this category. If you have low budget and if you just need Java server pages, servlets and basic pages, it does the job. Apache Tomcat powers… more »
Consultant
President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 02 2015

What do you think of Tomcat?

What is most valuable?

It's a rock solid Java host.

How has it helped my organization?

It is at the core of our production application server environment.

What needs improvement?

None that I can think of.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for 10 years,

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No, it's rock solid.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The server needs to be bounced every three months. We reboot on schedule whether we need to or not.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: It's open source and the community is very helpful. Technical Support: It's open source and the community is very…
Diego Hidalgo
Real User
QA Manager at Tandicorp
Mar 22 2015

What do you think of Tomcat?

Valuable Features:

Lightweight Configurable High-performance Cross-platform Open source  It has sufficient documentation for application development

Room for Improvement:

The cluster management and load balancing is a bit complex. Also, they need to improve the documentation to handle JNDI resources.

Use of Solution:

I've used it for 10 years.

Deployment Issues:

Deployment is simple, however, a limitation is hot deployment.

Stability Issues:

No issues encountered.

Cost and Licensing Advice:

No costs.

Other Solutions Considered:

If you were to have no JEE applications, then it is advisable, otherwise the application server falls short.
Vendor
CTO with 11-50 employees
Jan 28 2013

What is most valuable?

Easy setup Easy configuration Reliability Stability Scalability Performance Well documented Great time to value and pricing.

What needs improvement?

Deployment automation needs some custom tooling.

What other advice do I have?

I started using tomcat since version 4.X as development server with Eclipse. Then I used it as a Production server for medium to large Enterprise intranets. And finally I have setup deployments with Clustering for large ECommerce web sites with Apache HTTP Server as Front End. From these experiences I can say that Tomcat is a really performing and PRODUCTION ready server. Well tuned it can take… more »
Vendor
Head of Data Center at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 09 2013

What is most valuable?

Apache Tomcat has become almost the defacto server for serving Java-based applications on the internet. We use Tomcat for our Java web applications and just recently also for our Android software development classes.We chose Tomcat as it was the most widely-used Java web application programming server at that time. Also, most of our resources were tailored to work with Tomcat, and our colleagues… more »

What needs improvement?

The main gripe that I have with Tomcat is it's speed and size. Understandably, Java-based systems have the pre-conceived notion of being slow. However, being exposed to other web servers like the Apache web server really makes you wish Tomcat is as fast as it is. It does take time to load even on current hardware and newly-deployed applications also tend to load slowly during first access.Another… more »

What other advice do I have?

Overall, Tomcat is still a recommended product for use with Java web application development and Android application development. Though it has speed and size issues, it's still the most widely-used development web server for Java and Android web and application development. Just make sure you have a server that has more than enough memory if you use Tomcat, as it tends to use a lot of it.
Consultant
Tech Support Staff at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 19 2012

What is most valuable?

Tomcat Application Serve is an open source Application Server. Compared to other application servers like Jetty, Weblogic etc. this is very light weight Tomcat can be very easily configured to suit your needs. A large number of ever growing web community is there to help you out, in case you face any issue. Tomcat has been known to be very stable and has been deployed and used by many well known… more »

What needs improvement?

There are certain well known compatibility issues with some implementations of JDK Tomcat doesn't give you a performance like Apache when you have static HTML contents. And it is more suitable for hosting servlets and works best as a servlet container. Scalability is a major problem with Tomcat. When your application grows out of proportion and you have applications that draws heavy traffic, then… more »

What other advice do I have?

Tomcat is one of the best application servers and servlet container. It is very light weight and application startup consumes very low memory and it uses memory on as needed basis. Can be run on various platforms like Windows, Linux etc. Not suitable for hosting static HTML content and Scalability is a major problem with Tomcat.

What is Tomcat?

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.
Tomcat customers
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
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