Apache Tomcat vs. Microsoft Application Server (deprecated)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apache Tomcat
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Tomcat is an open-source web server supported by Apache.N/A
Microsoft Application Server (deprecated)
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Application Server is an expanded server role in the Windows Server® 2008 operating system. It provided an integrated environment for deploying and running custom, server-based business applications. These applications respond to requests that arrive over the network from remote client computers or from other applications. Application Server is deprecated.N/A
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Editions & Modules
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Apache TomcatMicrosoft Application Server (deprecated)
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Apache TomcatMicrosoft Application Server (deprecated)
Considered Both Products
Apache Tomcat

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Microsoft Application Server (deprecated)
Chose Microsoft Application Server (deprecated)
Too complex to setup and maintain. It also lacks enterprise-level SLA and support that Microsoft provides.
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Features
Apache TomcatMicrosoft Application Server (deprecated)
Application Servers
Comparison of Application Servers features of Product A and Product B
Apache Tomcat
8.2
23 Ratings
1% above category average
Microsoft Application Server (deprecated)
8.1
9 Ratings
0% above category average
IDE support6.721 Ratings9.09 Ratings
Security management7.723 Ratings9.09 Ratings
Administration and management7.723 Ratings7.29 Ratings
Application server performance8.323 Ratings9.09 Ratings
Installation9.723 Ratings7.39 Ratings
Open-source standards compliance8.723 Ratings7.28 Ratings
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User Ratings
Apache TomcatMicrosoft Application Server (deprecated)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(23 ratings)
8.8
(9 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(3 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
6.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(5 ratings)
9.0
(9 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apache TomcatMicrosoft Application Server (deprecated)
Likelihood to Recommend
Apache
Excellent value for companies wishing to host Java applications in the cloud. Utilizing hosting tools such as load balancers and network and application firewalls, Tomcat can be part of a powerful system to host web applications to thousands of users. There has been consistency in the development and support of Tomcat since its initial release in the late '90s and the best commonalities have been carried forward. If you host Java web applications, Tomcat is as good as any for an application server.
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Microsoft
Microsoft Application Server has been incredible this past year during COVID. Previously I would have said that we could go without it, but after this past season, I’m glad we have utilized it. Without having this software set up prior to COVID, we would have been in a tough situation. I mention COVID a lot because we were able to continue our work almost seamlessly this entire year.
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Pros
Apache
  • 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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Microsoft
  • Microsoft Application Server has proven to be highly reliable and effective at deploying to all of its clients.
  • Application performance is surprisingly good and responsive even in bandwidth-constrained environments and generally very reliable.
  • All software programs are manageable from a single location, even when bandwidth is limited.
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Cons
Apache
  • 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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Microsoft
  • Some security hotfixes and general release updates require restarts.
  • We wish it supported more applications out of the box.
  • Thin client support would be great for MS Application Server.
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Likelihood to Renew
Apache
We have a huge knowledge of the product within our company and we're satisfied with the performance.
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Microsoft
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Usability
Apache
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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Microsoft
I have found Microsoft Application Server to be incredibly easy to use. I have used dozens of similar programs and have always struggled to navigate through all the functions. So far I have been able to adapt and learn this software with ease. I rarely run into a problem that I wasn’t easily able to move forward on with a few tips.
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Reliability and Availability
Apache
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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Microsoft
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Performance
Apache
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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Microsoft
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Support Rating
Apache
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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Microsoft
Stability is one of the first things we consider when evaluating software. MS Application Server has been rock solid and has reduced the time that our IT staff dedicates to maintaining our legacy applications.
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Alternatives Considered
Apache
Eclipse Jetty is the best alternative for Apache Tomcat because which is also an open-source and lightweight servlet container like Tomcat. A major advantage of this over Tomcat is that Jetty server can easily be embedded with the source code of web applications. Since it requires less memory to operate, you may realize that it is very efficient.
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Microsoft
It has a similar feature to what Microsoft Application Server has but at a greater cost and also having to deal with another vendor when we could use a full Microsoft Stack for better training and support.
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Scalability
Apache
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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Microsoft
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Return on Investment
Apache
  • Tomcat is cheap and very quick to deploy, so it has benefited much when situation needs applications to be deployed quickly without wasting time on licensing and installations.
  • Plenty of documentation available so no vendor training is required. Support contract is not needed as well.
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Microsoft
  • Our ROI has been great since it has enabled our IT staff to have a central location to perform application updates which enables us to save time and money.
  • Deployment is very easy since the internal applications that required constant updating are now updated in one central location.
  • It's a lot easier to be within compliance protocols requirements.
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