Apache Tomcat vs. Oracle WebLogic Application Server

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apache Tomcat
Score 8.7 out of 10
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Tomcat is an open-source web server supported by Apache.N/A
Oracle WebLogic
Score 7.4 out of 10
N/A
For more information visit https://www.oracle.com/middleware/weblogic/suite.htmlN/A
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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 TomcatOracle WebLogic Application Server
Considered Both Products
Apache Tomcat
Chose Apache Tomcat
Apache Tomcat is used for our cloud-based apps when testing on our local machines. Oracle WebLogic is used for our older on-prem apps. Thus, it's difficult to compare them apples-to-apples. However, Apache Tomcat is not really meant to run in production for our older apps …
Chose Apache Tomcat
Apache Tomcat is very smooth tool compared to other applications. Since there are very less feature it's very smooth. NGINX server doesn't need Apache Tomcat we can directly deploy so it faster comparatively. In my working time I have never come across the UI of NGINX. Apache …
Chose Apache Tomcat
Commercial application servers are available that support enterprise application needs, but many times this is overkill for most web applications running in the cloud, particularly for independent software vendors. The capabilities and management tools provided with these …
Chose Apache Tomcat
Apache Tomcat is lightweight but performs well, even when running multiple applications. Its performance and security features are the reasons for choosing Apache Tomcat among its competitors. Also, there is a huge community support than other products.
Chose Apache Tomcat
We considered between Tomcat and WebLogic and then choose Tomcat as it is much simpler and have all the features we need, also we need to integrate Tomcat with our Gitlab pipeline and Tomcat is well supported with its API set. In the future we plan to move our system to Azure …
Chose 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 …
Chose Apache Tomcat
Tomcat stacks up against the others very well due to its adoption in the open source community, low total cost of ownership, maintenance, and ease of deployment. It's much more lightweight than Websphere or Weblogic and provides most of the features most developers would need, …
Chose Apache Tomcat
We use WebLogic as an enterprise level large application container. We have a big WebLogic cluster, hosting our core applications. We also use tomcat to build a quick POC and some light-weighted RESTful service for a cloud-native initiative, so the relationship should be …
Chose Apache Tomcat
Well WebLogic is very complex. Most of what happens with WebLogic requires servers to be restarted, which isn't always possible. Also, Oracle tries to force you to only use their GUI interface for most of the administration, which could be done directly in the files, but are …
Chose Apache Tomcat
It's clear that JBoss is a full JEE stack implementation while Tomcat isn't, but if you don't need the whole JEE stack there are many lightweight alternatives that implement the required feature with Tomcat.
Oracle WebLogic
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
In comparison to IIS, Apache, Tomcat - Oracle Weblogic App Server is an all-round server, easy to configure, supported and in my opinion very strong in B2B applications. I personally would not trust IIS in a B2B environment. Administration of Weblogic is Web GUI driven and this …
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
WebLogic is clearly more powerful than Tomcat, but it's also better than JBoss, since it gives more configuration options, and the administration console is absolutely the best I've ever seen. On the other side, for small applications Tomcat is more lightweight, and more …
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
Weblogic is heavy machinery for medium/large enterprises, while Jboss can be used discreetly. Glassfish is the ancestor of Weblogic and the advantage is the free Enterprise version. If you don't have much to invest, Glassfish 3 could be a great alternative. Apache Tomcat and …
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
JBoss and Apache Tomcat application servers are open source and cost less, however I do not find them as sophisticated enough to handle the various critical functionality used at US Cellular corporation. WebLogic stands way ahead in the way it provides opportunities for …
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
Oracle WebLogic Server is meant for enterprise applications. I have used Apache Tomcat for academic projects and definitely find WebLogic to be a powerful alternative.
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
Oracle WebLogic Application Server and IBM WebSphere Application Server provide an enterprise-level well-supported platform for robust architecture solutions. They provide tools for management, monitoring, and interaction with multiple other platforms in the market. JBoss is …
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
Apache Tomcat is used by the group of developers in our organization but the major student ERP production systems do run on WebLogic due to its feature-rich nature and stability. Although the cost is considered a hindrance to its wider use.
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
Apache Tomcat requires a lot of out-of-the-box set-up that is difficult to work with, especially when it comes to production-ready configurations. The only advantage it has over Oracle WLS is that it's free, which is probably why many commercial server products are bundled with …
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
Oracle WebLogic Application Server is much more stable when compared to opensource application servers like Oracle GlassFish Server or Apache Tomcat. Coming to JBoss Enterprise Application Server, Oracle WebLogic Application Server has better support with most of the cloud …
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
We have no option because we need it to use Oracle Forms, but we have used Jboss and tomcat in other projects and Weblogic is more stable.
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
Oracle Weblogic Application Server gains its reputation from the performance, easy of maintenance, to be compared with the competitor solutions. However, Weblogic is "all-in-on" solution, sometimes it is too fat for some business needs that only requires part of the full …
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
The main competitor is Wildfly and Websphere. The choice it's all about the bundled cost regarding the chosen OS and Java vendor. All three are almost the same in terms of performance and features. An exceptional alternative from the OSS ecosystem is Payara. Payra has some …
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
We have chosen WebLogic because it is a combination different well implemented functionalities, which all-in-all work better than in other products that we have evaluated. Another thing which was crucial for us when making a decision was great support provided by Oracle. …
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
Compared to the alternatives, Weblogic is on the heavier side and requires more configuration to get it running. Instance startup time is also relatively long, but this could be due to the application size deployed on the server. Licensing cost for WebLogic would also be higher …
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
We tested Red Hat JBoss. Then we decided to use WebLogic because of support issues we had with the other.
Chose Oracle WebLogic Application Server
In addition to scalability and easiness of configuration process the total cost for Weblogic is less than for the rivals.
Top Pros
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Features
Apache TomcatOracle WebLogic Application Server
Application Servers
Comparison of Application Servers features of Product A and Product B
Apache Tomcat
7.5
22 Ratings
8% below category average
Oracle WebLogic Application Server
8.6
34 Ratings
6% above category average
IDE support6.521 Ratings9.531 Ratings
Security management6.722 Ratings8.532 Ratings
Administration and management6.222 Ratings9.034 Ratings
Application server performance8.122 Ratings8.033 Ratings
Installation9.622 Ratings8.534 Ratings
Open-source standards compliance8.222 Ratings8.023 Ratings
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Small Businesses
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Apache TomcatOracle WebLogic Application Server
Likelihood to Recommend
8.7
(22 ratings)
9.0
(34 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(3 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
6.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(4 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(5 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(1 ratings)
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User Testimonials
Apache TomcatOracle WebLogic Application Server
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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Oracle
I see Oracle WebLogic Application Server being appropriate when an application needs several different data sources and messaging providers configured and accessible, with a configured level of control of resources (connection pools) and timeouts. It is also advisable to create distributed resources that you can configure as always active to provide more processing power, or as failover for situations of availability in case of disaster recovery, for example. An application where the number of required resources configured is very small and almost non-changeable, and no scalability is required, some other options exist in the market with less cost.
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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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Oracle
  • I love that the weblogic dashboard allows you to manage applications and see the status of each application.
  • Oracle WebLogic Application Server simplifies usage periods in the development and production of business applications.
  • Oracle WebLogic Server allows me to define various aspects of data source entry, including creating a specific multiple connection to facilitate data entry.
  • Performance and administration are highlighted in weblogic.
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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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Oracle
  • The Admin UI should be further simplified, the UI design was not too user-friendly— too many options and clicks required, difficult for the new beginners to figure out what they are looking for.
  • The admin server becomes the single failure point, although Oracle suggested some workarounds by setting VIP and VHost, it was not quite easy and straight forward.
  • Domain replication is hard, requiring a lot of knowledge and scripts efforts.
  • Admin will hang if the node manager communication encounters some issues for one or some nodes in the domain/cluster.
  • Not able to kill/terminate the stuck thread, the only way is to restart the managed server (JVM)
  • License cost is too high, for small businesses.
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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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Oracle
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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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Oracle
I would have given it a 10 but sometimes the hogging threads become a issue and needs server bounce. Except that, we are very pleased with the product.
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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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Oracle
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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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Oracle
Oracle WebLogic Application Server is great at security, performance and features.
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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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Oracle
The Oracle support is not great sometimes. They take a long time and need a lot of data over and over to resolve issues.
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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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Oracle
Oracle WebLogic Application Server is a leading server side container. It is far superior than IBM's WebSphere application server, JBOSS or Tomcat server. The easiness of using Oracle's weblogic application server is much user friendly and also it has great support and user base globally. I would rate WebLogic to be #1 application server & highly recommend.
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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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Oracle
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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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Oracle
  • WebLogic Application Server definitely had a positive ROI since all the applications are deployed on a single platform and making maintenance extremely cost effective.
  • Since all major cloud vendors support and maintain WebLogic, it gives us an opportunity to explore possibilities to move the organizational infrastructure on to the cloud without too much effort.
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