Application Server Software

Best Application Server Software include:

Oracle WebLogic Application Server.

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Application Server Software Overview

What is Application Server Software?

An Application Server provides services and infrastructure for developing, deploying, and running applications.

Application Server Software Features & Capabilities

  • Ease of download and installation

  • Support for a number of different programming environments or IDEs

  • Simultaneous support for multiple applications

  • Adequacy of documentation and user community vibrancy

  • Overall performance including deploy time, initialization time etc.

  • Compliance with open standards like Java EE and DSHi

  • Administration console for managing application and environment


Application servers are server programs in a computer in a distributed network that provide the business logic for an application program. As such they are the middle tier of a standard three-tier architecture.

Three-Tier Architecture

In a three-tier client/server architecture, the application tier sits between the presentation tier and the data tier. The presentation tier displays information related to services available on a website. The backend data tier houses database servers where information is stored and retrieved. Data in this tier is kept independent of application servers or business logic.


In other words, when there is a request from the client, the application server process the business logic and makes a call to the database to retrieve the relevant data.

Application Server vs. Web Application Server

An application server is distinct from but often works in conjunction with, a web application server. A web server can only handle HTTP requests, while an application server can serve business logic via many different protocols. In a standard setup, the web server receives a request from the GUI or front end and then sends that request to the application server for business logic processing before it is sent back to the web application server and then back to the user via a modified web form.


In addition to processing application business logic, application servers have another function. They often simplify the building of client applications by providing the building blocks that help create the applications themselves. The best-known example is Java Beans in the J2EE environment. Indeed, application servers are closely associated with the J2EE standard. J2EE is an enterprise level Java application development platform.

Pricing Information

Some applications like Apache Tomcat are open source. Commercial enterprise-level application server platforms are on-prem licensed software, and pricing starts at around $7,000.

Application Server Products

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Oracle WebLogic Application Server
62 ratings
32 reviews
Top Rated
For more information visit https://www.oracle.com/middleware/weblogic/suite.html
Microsoft IIS
51 ratings
20 reviews
Microsoft IIS is an application server and infrastructure.
Apache Tomcat
78 ratings
19 reviews
Tomcat is an open-source web server supported by Apache.
WebSphere Application Server
45 ratings
15 reviews
IBM WebSphere Application Server provides... an application server and infrastructure.
Oracle GlassFish Server
11 ratings
2 reviews
Oracle GlassFish Server was originally developed by Sun Microsystems and is available open source or supported by Oracle. It is an application server.
Magic xpa Application Platform
1 rating
1 review
Magic xpa Application Platform is an application server and infrastructure from Magic Technologies in California.
TIBCO ActiveMatrix Service Grid
7 ratings
1 review
ActiveMatrix Service Grid is an SOA governance and application server, from TIBCO.
Payara Server
0 ratings
1 review
Payara Server is a fully supported, developer-friendly, open source application server. The vendor says Payara Server’s architecture is innovative, cloud-native and optimized for production deployments. The application server is built and supported by a team of DevOps engineers dedicated to the cont…
IBM CICS
8 ratings
1 review
IBM CICS (Customer Information Control System) presents a transaction processing option.
Bitnami
0 ratings
1 review
Bitnami provides packaged applications for any platform, via the Bitnami Application Catalog. The Bitnami application automation platform delivers and maintains a catalog of 130+ ready-to-run server applications and development environments in partnership with cloud providers including Amazon, Goog…
JEUS
Korean software company TmaxSoft brings you JEUS, a rather evocatively branded application server.
Fujitsu Interstage Application Server
Global, Japanese-headquartered company Fujitsu offers the Interstage Application Server.
Pivotal tc Server (formerly VMware vFabric tc Server)
The Pivotal tc Server (formerly VMware vFabric tc Server) is a Lightweight Java application server that extends Apache Tomcat for use in large-scale mission-critical environments.
Pramati
Pramati, from Indian company Pramati Technologies, is an application server and infrastructure.
WebOTX
WebOTX is an application server and infrastructure tool, and B2B middleware offering, from NEC.
uCosminexus
uCosminexus from Hitachi is a B2B middleware offering and application server.
Gnubila G Platform
The G Platform from Spanish company Gnubila is an application server.
TIBCO GridServer
TIBCO GridServer is presented by the vendor as a market-leading infrastructure platform for grid and elastic computing—and the backbone of businesses operating in the world's most demanding markets. TIBCO boasts more than a million CPUs spread across a thousand global installations form enterprise g…
GigaSpaces XAP
XAP from New York headquartered GigaSpaces is an application server.
Oracle Tuxedo
Oracle Tuxedo is transaction-oriented middleware, a transaction processing system.
Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server
Alibaba Cloud Simple Application Server provides one-click application deployment and supports all-in-one services such as domain name resolution, website publishing, security, O&M, and application management.
Quantum VS1110-A
The Quantum VS1110-A is an application server designed for building automation systems that require the highest levels of availability. The hardware is purpose-built for performance and redundancy, and the software provides for virtual machine (VM) failover between servers in a highly available serv…