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Score 8.6 out of 101
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Score 9.2 out of 101

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
8.4
IBM CICS
8.4
IDE support
Apache Tomcat
9.0
IBM CICS
Security management
Apache Tomcat
7.7
IBM CICS
10.0
Administration and management
Apache Tomcat
7.2
IBM CICS
10.0
Application server performance
Apache Tomcat
8.5
IBM CICS
7.0
Installation
Apache Tomcat
9.2
IBM CICS
10.0
Open-source standards compliance
Apache Tomcat
9.0
IBM CICS
5.0

Pros

Apache Tomcat

  • Fast to start up, which is useful when we need to just check that our changes are working correctly.
  • Free, which allows us to not be involved with the finance/legal team about using it.
  • Bundled with Spring Boot, which makes it even more convenient for our testing.
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IBM CICS

  • De facto standard in the legacy enterprise
  • Multiplatform connection
  • Native connection with DB2
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Cons

Apache Tomcat

  • Using tomcat manager to troubleshoot is not very informative. Error messages are vague, you have to dig into log files for more information about the problems.
  • Is great for simple web applications, but may not work for heavy development which may require a full J2EE stack, might like JBoss better.
  • Security in tomcat is not straightforward, as I discovered that you have to understand how to set up realms in tomcat in order to hash passwords, which I was not overly familiar with, which is a big deal when setting up users in the tomcat-users.xml file.
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IBM CICS

  • Direct internet connection
  • Social connectors
  • Speak Java not only with Websphere
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Likelihood to Renew

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We have a huge knowledge of the product within our company and we're satisfied with the performance.
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IBM CICS

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Usability

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Tomcat has a very rich API set which allows us to implement our automation script to trigger the deployment, configure, stop and start Tomcat from the command line. In our projects, we embedded Tomcat in our Eclipse in all of the developer's machines so they could quickly verify their code with little effort, Azure Webapp has strong support for Tomcat so we could move our application to Azure cloud very easy. One drawback is Tomcat UI quite poorly features but we almost do not use it.
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IBM CICS

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Reliability and Availability

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat 6.0
Based on 1 answer
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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IBM CICS

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Performance

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Tomcat support to customize memory used and allow us to define the Connection pool and thread pool to increase system performance and availability, Tomcat server itself consume very little memory and almost no footprint. We use Tomcat in our production environment which has up to thousands of concurrent users and it is stable and provides a quick response.
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IBM CICS

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Support

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Well, in actuality, I have never needed support for Apache Tomcat since it is configured and ready-to-go with no configuration needed on my end.
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IBM CICS

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Alternatives Considered

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat is more lightweight and much quicker to deploy, so compared to JBoss or Weblogic it's much more efficient and cost effective for deploying small apps. The instances start up almost immediately and almost no maintenance is needed from the admins. There is also no cost incurred on dealing with licensing costs
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IBM CICS

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 Tomcat

Apache Tomcat 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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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IBM CICS

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Return on Investment

Apache Tomcat

  • It has decreased license costs significantly. Throughout my application stacks, I have well over 90 instances deployed. If I did that on a non-opensource application server, my costs would be much higher and my ROI much less.
  • When moving my applications to AWS, it has also provided an even better ROI because it's even easier to deploy and maintain on a managed cloud provider.
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IBM CICS

  • 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

IBM CICS

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Tomcat
8.8
IBM CICS
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Tomcat
10.0
IBM CICS

Usability

Apache Tomcat
8.0
IBM CICS

Reliability and Availability

Apache Tomcat
6.0
IBM CICS

Performance

Apache Tomcat
9.0
IBM CICS

Support

Apache Tomcat
9.0
IBM CICS

Scalability

Apache Tomcat
9.0
IBM CICS

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