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Apache Tomcat

75 Ratings

IBM CICS

6 Ratings

Apache Tomcat

75 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 101

IBM CICS

6 Ratings
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Score 9.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Tomcat

Tomcat is more than enough to deploy most of the mid-end web applications without any problem but for the high-end applications which require high scalability and high availability, which might need some tune-ups with the support of expertise in this regard. Otherwise, you may realize numerous performance issues, memory leaks, server crashes etc.
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IBM CICS

The strengths of CICS are certainly the scalability. The multilevel architecture of the CICS regions, security, and performance, manages to manage large volumes of transactions with efficient performances.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

Apache Tomcat
8.2
IBM CICS
8.4
IDE support
Apache Tomcat
8.2
IBM CICS
Security management
Apache Tomcat
7.5
IBM CICS
10.0
Administration and management
Apache Tomcat
7.0
IBM CICS
10.0
Application server performance
Apache Tomcat
8.5
IBM CICS
7.0
Installation
Apache Tomcat
8.9
IBM CICS
10.0
Open-source standards compliance
Apache Tomcat
8.9
IBM CICS
5.0

Pros

  • Lightweight. Does not require many resources to run.
  • Stable. Once tuned almost no maintenance is required for the instance.
  • Ease of deployment. Easy to install and set up. Documentations are widely available
  • Cost. Open sourced!
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  • De facto standard in the legacy enterprise
  • Multiplatform connection
  • Native connection with DB2
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Cons

  • Tomcat is a fairly stable and lightweight application server and it being open source lot of organizations are using it to host their applications.
  • I have seen the use of Tomcat decline in recent years because of serverless technical platforms like Lambdas on AWS. Also Spring Boot and Jetty servers can run web applications/APIs by bringing container bundled into the app and without a need for separate server deployment and management. Same is the case with Spring boot, though in Spring Boot you could use embedded Tomcat too. But I have seen developers using Jetty more.
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  • Direct internet connection
  • Social connectors
  • Speak Java not only with Websphere
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Likelihood to Renew

Apache Tomcat10.0
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We have a huge knowledge of the product within our company and we're satisfied with the performance.
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Usability

Apache Tomcat6.0
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The manager interface has for sure room for improvement
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Reliability and Availability

Apache Tomcat6.0
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Tomcat doesn't have a built-in watchdog that ensures restart upon failure, so you have to provide it externally. A very good solution is java service wrapper. The community edition is able to restart Tomcat upon out of memories exceptions.
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Performance

Apache Tomcat9.0
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It's very quick and stable at the same time
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Alternatives Considered

Tomcat is a more lightweight container in comparison to Oracle's Glassfish server. Glassfish however, became an enterprise product and can offer better after sales service.
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There is no comparison, in practice, the possibility of using the latest programming languages but, above all, the databases can be different and more modern than DL1.
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Scalability

Apache Tomcat9.0
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It's very easy to add instances to an existing deployment and, using apache with mod proxy balancer, to scale up the serving farm
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Return on Investment

  • Enduring open platform that reduces need to change technology stacks
  • Trusted technology that allows focus to be on creating applications instead of dealing with the platform
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  • More scalability than servers
  • More reliability than servers
  • More security
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Pricing Details

Apache Tomcat

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

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