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Apache Web Server

53 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

WebSphere Application Server

41 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Web Server

Apache is appropriate for every scenario that I can think of, including use on Windows server.
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WebSphere Application Server

I would not put these servers directly into a DMZ without many layers of security between the internet and them. Securing WebSphere can be complicated and exposing them to the outside is dangerous.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
8.0
IDE support
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
8.1
Security management
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
9.0
Administration and management
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
8.5
Application server performance
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
7.7
Installation
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
7.9
Open-source standards compliance
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
7.1

Pros

  • Just copying our application folder in webapps and restarting the server will provide the application in browser and mostly it's secured.
  • Easily change from default port to custom port
  • Easily to transition http to https after doing some minimal set of configurations
  • Can easily navigate with your own domain name using Apache by doing some configuration
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  • Performance, and security. The ability to integrate these both into your application platform are most important to me.
  • The ability to run on all major OS thereby not forcing a client t to have to decide to support a platform they currently do not have.
  • Integration with (BM's version of ) Apache is very strong and easy to manage.
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Cons

  • Apache configuration can be difficult for advanced setups
  • Apache is configured slightly differently for the various flavors of Linux.
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  • The first issue for me is the time it takes for the application server to start. That's one area I hope to see improvement on
  • Another issue is that there are times when the nodes have issues syncing
  • The initial learning curve is steep, especially for new users
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Likelihood to Renew

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WebSphere Application Server7.5
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Ok to continue with increased usage and used to its various features.
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Alternatives Considered

I've used Microsoft's IIS and IBM's HTTP server. The major and a clear advantage of Apache web server over these products is that it’s free and has no licensing issues. Being in the industry for quite sometime (oldest web server) a lot of products and customizations have been made possible to suit customer needs in addition to having a large and very supportive user community.
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IBM support is better than Oracle, from past experience. Weblogic and WebSphere Application Server are somewhat similar versus the open source JBOSS. For many applications we had selected WAS to have a supported platform and used some of the competitors in other various use cases.
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Return on Investment

  • There is less negativity involving the world's most researched, well supported web server with a strong community that helps in trouble shooting issues pertaining to all areas possible.
  • Business impact is on the positive side as the cost of the software is free and there are no licensing hassles.
  • apache web server also serves as a reverse proxy server as well in helping consumers redirect traffic as needed and secure entry into their websites. This server when customized also acts in authorizing users into their sites and redirecting appropriate traffic. It provides a high level of opportunity for customization.
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  • As a platform it is extremely stable once set up and configured, so ongoing support of the product is not that intensive. Most of the work is around the applications running on top of the platform. I like a product that does not take your focus away from the software it runs.
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Pricing Details

Apache Web Server

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

WebSphere Application Server

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