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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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payara Server

Payara Server is recommended for any type of jee and/or Spring application. Unless there are proprietary framework restrictions there is no reason for not using Payara. The pricing model for enterprise support is very nice and I would definitely recommend it. The case where it is least recommended is when you need a separate application server per service. In this case, there might be better options for this job even though I am not very sure and need to test more.
Alexius Dionysius Diakogiannis, CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

Apache Tomcat
8.8
Payara Server
10.0
IDE support
Apache Tomcat
8.9
Payara Server
10.0
Security management
Apache Tomcat
8.8
Payara Server
10.0
Administration and management
Apache Tomcat
8.5
Payara Server
10.0
Application server performance
Apache Tomcat
8.5
Payara Server
10.0
Installation
Apache Tomcat
9.4
Payara Server
10.0
Open-source standards compliance
Apache Tomcat
8.9
Payara Server
10.0

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payara Server

  • Small memory footprint.
  • Fully JEE compliant with an exceptional administration console.
  • Very good performance.
Alexius Dionysius Diakogiannis, CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Candy Carrizales | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payara Server

  • It should provide out of the box support as an embedded server for spring boot applications.
  • Let's Encrypt certificates should be installed through the admin console.
  • A wizard-like procedure for clustering.
Alexius Dionysius Diakogiannis, CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payara Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat 8.0
Based on 3 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.
trang nguyen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payara Server

Payara Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
As mentioned before it has an amazing configuration console. You can practically do anything from there and even update the program or install new features on the fly.
Alexius Dionysius Diakogiannis, CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat 6.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payara Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat 9.0
Based on 4 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.
trang nguyen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payara Server

Payara Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
As mentioned before, its performance capabilities were one of the reasons we used them. It interacts with mass mail software and we see no performance impact. It handles everything pretty well and pretty fast.
Alexius Dionysius Diakogiannis, CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Apache Tomcat

Apache Tomcat 9.4
Based on 5 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payara Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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.
Tharanga Wickramsinghe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payara Server

Although Payara Server originated from Oracle Glassfish, Payara does bug fixing a lot quicker and provides "versions on steroids" of the server with improvements and targeted versions. Tomcat is very fast and has a small footprint but unfortunately, it if not a fully JEE compliant server so it lacks capabilities and a proper administration console.
Alexius Dionysius Diakogiannis, CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payara Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Apache Tomcat

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Payara Server

  • Positive: We can host more applications on a single VM.
  • Positive: We saved time on the server configuration procedure.
  • Positive: We saved time from migration from previous installations.
Alexius Dionysius Diakogiannis, CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Apache Tomcat

Payara Server

Pricing Details

Apache Tomcat

General

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

Payara Server

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Tomcat
9.7
Payara Server
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Tomcat
10.0
Payara Server

Usability

Apache Tomcat
8.0
Payara Server
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Apache Tomcat
6.0
Payara Server

Performance

Apache Tomcat
9.0
Payara Server
10.0

Support Rating

Apache Tomcat
9.4
Payara Server

Scalability

Apache Tomcat
9.0
Payara Server

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