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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch

Ideal for monitoring AWS services and workloads. We have several of our websites entirely hosted on AWS and we're able to get a Grafana dashboard of all the relevant metrics from CloudFront, S3, EC2, RDS, and Elastic Beanstalk. This can be set up within the hour or templated on your code for infrastructure (we do this with terraform & cloud formation). By design, it isn't suited for non-AWS workloads.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WebSphere Application Server

Large scale apps, EJB applications, Enterprise suite apps are where WebSphere Application Server will be most suited. Apps which need large volume and complex memory management also opt for WebSphere Application Server over Jboss.Small scale web services and REST where highly scalable server is not needed, WebSphere Application Server falls back. Simple servers like Tomcat and Jboss take the edge for small apps.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

Amazon CloudWatch
WebSphere Application Server
8.4
IDE support
Amazon CloudWatch
WebSphere Application Server
8.0
Security management
Amazon CloudWatch
WebSphere Application Server
7.8
Administration and management
Amazon CloudWatch
WebSphere Application Server
9.2
Application server performance
Amazon CloudWatch
WebSphere Application Server
8.5
Installation
Amazon CloudWatch
WebSphere Application Server
8.7
Open-source standards compliance
Amazon CloudWatch
WebSphere Application Server
8.3

Pros

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Managing log retention periods is very simple with CloudWatch, and can be configured on a per-group basis.
  • Monitoring host performance is very easy when coupled with the CloudWatch Agent on an EC2 instance. A simple installation and configuration replaces an entire 3rd-party host monitoring stack.
  • CloudWatch is flexible enough for not just host monitoring, but application monitoring as well. It's easy to pipe local logs up to CloudWatch and extract structured data in order to monitor and set alerts on custom app metrics.
Brian Dentino | TrustRadius Reviewer

WebSphere Application Server

  • It works out of the box. Its basic functionality is all there and everything works with no adjustments.
  • The functionality is there for fine tuning, to allow applications to be easier to access and quicker with some tweaks, but again, these aren't necessary for basic running.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon CloudWatch

  • CloudWatch doesn't monitor things outside of the cloud, it's not what it is intended for.
  • Billing is confusing as it bills on Dashboard, metrics called, custom metrics, etc. Hard to forecast the charge.
  • Paradigm is confusing sometimes and difficult to learn.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WebSphere Application Server

  • Ease of use in terms of deployment, give simple interface to do simple stuff like Tomcat, JBoss or GlassFish.
  • Takes long time to start the server.
  • The Liferay wars need to be decorated and then deployed. Perhaps we could simplify that.
  • Some of the concepts are good for complexity that WAS can handle but could be simplified and better documented, like concepts of well and profile, context, etc.
  • A Liferay war file created using Liferay Developer studio runs fine in Tomcat, however that may not run in WAS 7.x because it needs to be decorated. I had one war for a Liferay portlet with a simple cron job, and had hard time running to WAS server. It was running on the latest free download done on my friends m/c. Other times I have seen that there are issues running a war file that runs on Tomcat but runs on WAS after lot of customization for WAS.
  • The corporations like this however, the product may need better vibrant community of users where issues can be discussed.
Manoj Prasad | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WebSphere Application Server

WebSphere Application Server 7.5
Based on 2 answers
When you have a 99.9% uptime, what else can you say? It deserves a 10.
Orazio Ray Pensabene | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch 7.0
Based on 2 answers
The tool collects a great deal of data, and data that's not available many other places. But the data is hidden in obscure places, and the logs are hard to read and follow. The user interface could use a heavy rework, and several companies have made a business out of scraping the data and presenting it better.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WebSphere Application Server

WebSphere Application Server 9.0
Based on 4 answers
WebSphere Application Server is used across our organization. Most projects use this for Java products and applications. Being robust and scalable makes it even more usable. We love using WebSphere Application Server due to its configuration management ability made simple and vast across all java related parameters. It is dependent on the features and upgrades and IBM releases some great upgrades to WebSphere Application Server.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Amazon CloudWatch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

WebSphere Application Server

WebSphere Application Server 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Deploys fairly quick enough and like the roll-out update feature decreasing the downtime and also plays well with other integration tools as well.
Dinesh P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch 7.6
Based on 16 answers
Support is effective, and we were able to get any problems that we couldn't get solved through community discussion forums solved for us by the AWS support team. For example, we were assisted in one instance where we were not sure about the best metrics to use in order to optimize an auto-scaling group on EC2. The support team was able to look at our metrics and give a useful recommendation on which metrics to use.
Ramindu Deshapriya | TrustRadius Reviewer

WebSphere Application Server

WebSphere Application Server 8.7
Based on 4 answers
IBM was quick to respond when we had an issue with our specific infrastructure. We raised a PMR, which they picked up quickly and updated us about every step of the way. We had an appropriate fix for quite a business critical issue within a fortnight, which was impressive!
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon CloudWatch

I can only speak to how it's positively benefited my organization. The problem was that hosting in-house servers is no longer a cost-effective solution vs. containerization in the cloud. But once you rely on hosting servers in the cloud you need a tool to manage every aspect of that including log monitoring, resource utilization, and application performance. Amazon CloudWatch is exactly the tool you need.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WebSphere Application Server

WAS is an IBM product and gels with IBM database product. So, we have decided to go with IBM WAS. WAS supports more data sources than Oracle web logic. So, ideally it can be used with multiple databases.
Rajesh Chandramohan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon CloudWatch

  • Scalability. Saving us cost when we can downgrade underperforming instances.
  • Great monitoring and peace of mine without always having to check logs to any services failure.
  • Support cost is high. It would be nicer if documentation would be easier to follow.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

WebSphere Application Server

  • Websphere Application Server maintain high availability of web applications.
  • It's highly scalable and we can configure the servers in production environment with ease.
  • With very less concerns Websphere Application Server provides full Customer satisfaction.
  • Easy integration with other components and widely used in web deployments and central integrated console for all the application is available.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudWatch

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Amazon CloudWatch Editions & Modules

Edition
First 10,000 Metrics$0.301
Next 240,000 Metrics$0.101
Next 750,000 Metrics$0.051
Over 1,000,000 Metrics$0.021
  1. Per Metric
Additional Pricing Details
With Amazon CloudWatch, there is no up-front commitment or minimum fee; you simply pay for what you use. You will be charged at the end of the month for your usage.

WebSphere Application Server

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

WebSphere Application Server Editions & Modules

Edition
Application Server$88.501
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudWatch
8.8
WebSphere Application Server
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon CloudWatch
WebSphere Application Server
7.5

Usability

Amazon CloudWatch
7.0
WebSphere Application Server
9.0

Performance

Amazon CloudWatch
WebSphere Application Server
8.0

Support Rating

Amazon CloudWatch
7.6
WebSphere Application Server
8.7

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