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Score 8.6 out of 101
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Score 8.2 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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Red Hat JBoss EAP

JBoss EAP is subscription based/open source platform. It's very reliable and great for deploying high transaction Java based enterprise applications. It integrates well with third party components like mod_cluster and supports popular Java EE web-based frameworks such as Spring, Angular JS, jQuery Mobile, and Google Web Toolkit.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

Apache Tomcat
8.4
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.6
IDE support
Apache Tomcat
9.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.2
Security management
Apache Tomcat
7.7
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.6
Administration and management
Apache Tomcat
7.2
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.4
Application server performance
Apache Tomcat
8.5
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.6
Installation
Apache Tomcat
9.2
Red Hat JBoss EAP
9.0
Open-source standards compliance
Apache Tomcat
9.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.8

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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Red Hat JBoss EAP

  • MOD_CLUSTER integration. JBoss EAP integrates pretty well with mod_cluster. This is an intelligent load balancer especially useful in highly clustered environments.
  • Supports enterprise-grade features such as high availability clustering, distributed caching, messaging etc.
  • Supports deployment in on-premise, virtual and hybrid cloud environments.
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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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Red Hat JBoss EAP

  • Jboss CLI is a great tool but we had trouble using it to get values that are displayed on Jboss GUI. It also has limitations parsing the applications.xml files and we had to use a mix of jboss-cli and linux bash commands to automate certain application administrative tasks.
  • JBoss doesn't really provides performance tuning recommendations. It would have been nice if it could learn from the current demand vs current settings for things like connection pool, server configurations, garbage collection etc.
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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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Red Hat JBoss EAP

Red Hat JBoss EAP 5.0
Based on 1 answer
We are planning to migrate away from Jboss to Tomcat as Jboss has shown not interest in supporting OSGi which is heavily used at our shop
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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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Red Hat JBoss EAP

Red Hat JBoss EAP 8.3
Based on 3 answers
JBoss overall is easy to use. The installation and deployment of applications are quick. Documentations and support are also readily available.
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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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Red Hat JBoss EAP

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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Red Hat JBoss EAP

Red Hat JBoss EAP 8.7
Based on 3 answers
Usually, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is good at performance and well suited for high traffic Java EE-based applications, but we have faced hard times performance tuning it for our specific needs. The product would be nicer if they would add a performance diagnostic and recommendations feature to it.
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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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Red Hat JBoss EAP

Red Hat JBoss EAP 5.0
Based on 2 answers
Fast response.
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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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Red Hat JBoss EAP

We selected JBoss because of compatibility with EJB's. We currently are trying to reduce our footprint and will highly consider using Tomcat.
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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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Red Hat JBoss EAP

No score
No answers yet
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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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Red Hat JBoss EAP

  • Jboss EAP is easy to deploy and configure. This lead to lower cost and faster delivery.
  • Even though we have large number of machines running JBoss, we have only two Jboss Administrators. It doesn't requires too much administration and maintenance on daily basis and reduces number of administrators required for large implementations.
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Pricing Details

Apache Tomcat

General

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

Red Hat JBoss EAP

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
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Tomcat
10.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP
5.0

Usability

Apache Tomcat
8.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.3

Reliability and Availability

Apache Tomcat
6.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP

Performance

Apache Tomcat
9.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.7

Support

Apache Tomcat
9.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP
5.0

Scalability

Apache Tomcat
9.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP

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