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Score 8.4 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Web Server

Well Suited: Perfect for hosting your own website. And, I don't mean just an individual with a port of MySpace. I mean an industrial strength, commercial grade replacement for Microsoft IIS. If you need a web server that provides a feature-rich environment with support for multiple sites (hosted in the same server), with such features as virtual hosting, and modular feature design, than Apache Web Server is right on the money. Less Well-Suited: Single page, small feature-set websites. Apache is a lot of trouble for developers to set up, just to send/receive JSON strings of a few bytes. You're really better off using something smaller and faster/simpler (lighttpd for example).
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WebSphere Application Server

I believe WebSphere Application Server (WAS) is suited for all JEE applications. I have worked on J2EE based applications including commerce and portlets applications and believe that using WAS has added advantage over other JEE Servers. Although we faced a few issues while implementing queues connection factories over SSL for WebSphere MQ. IBM support folks are always there to help.
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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
8.0
Security management
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
8.6
Administration and management
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
8.3
Application server performance
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
7.7
Installation
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
8.0
Open-source standards compliance
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
7.6

Pros

Apache Web Server

  • Apache server is a free and open source multi-platform software which gives ample amount of possibilities and options to use it without worrying about the hardware configurations much; it runs on almost everything!
  • It is easy to configure quickly for a new project requires to set up a barebone server to serve any type of HTTP request.
  • It allows us to configure https with encryption and configure virtual hosts easily.
  • Log files are detailed enough to determine vulnerabilities by providing multiple params which makes it easy to diagnose and debug the root cause of any server issue.
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WebSphere Application Server

  • Cluster - WebSphere Clustering (Horizontal & Vertical) provides powerful clustering feature that manages work-load and eliminates down-time during deployments
  • User-Friendly GUI - WebSphere Console has a neat and clean user interface which makes easy to navigate around various settings
  • Support - IBM provides great support, nearly all of the PMRs get solved within a week or two
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Cons

Apache Web Server

  • The one thing that I worry about Apache is the PHP language which is integrated into the platform. I am not sure if PHP has a relevant future. I worry about this because Python is becoming very popular.
  • Some, not so sharp developers, might complain about the configuration file. Yes, it is complex. You need to learn it.
  • Apache SSL documentation can be better.
  • I would like to see video streaming, that would be fantastic.
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WebSphere Application Server

  • Ease of use in terms of deployment, give simple interface to do simple stuff like Tomcat, JBoss or GlassFish.
  • Takes long time to start the server.
  • The Liferay wars need to be decorated and then deployed. Perhaps we could simplify that.
  • Some of the concepts are good for complexity that WAS can handle but could be simplified and better documented, like concepts of well and profile, context, etc.
  • A Liferay war file created using Liferay Developer studio runs fine in Tomcat, however that may not run in WAS 7.x because it needs to be decorated. I had one war for a Liferay portlet with a simple cron job, and had hard time running to WAS server. It was running on the latest free download done on my friends m/c. Other times I have seen that there are issues running a war file that runs on Tomcat but runs on WAS after lot of customization for WAS.
  • The corporations like this however, the product may need better vibrant community of users where issues can be discussed.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apache Web Server

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WebSphere Application Server

WebSphere Application Server 7.5
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When you have a 99.9% uptime, what else can you say? It deserves a 10.
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Usability

Apache Web Server

No score
No answers yet
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WebSphere Application Server

WebSphere Application Server 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Very user-friendly to use as the GUI is neat and clean, and has an organized UI
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Performance

Apache Web Server

No score
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WebSphere Application Server

WebSphere Application Server 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Deploys fairly quick enough and like the roll-out update feature decreasing the downtime and also plays well with other integration tools as well.
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Support

Apache Web Server

Apache Web Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I give this rating because there is so much Apache documentation and information on the web that you can literally do anything. This has to do with the fact that there is a huge Open Source community that is beyond mature and perhaps one of the most helpful to be found. The only thing that should hold anyone back from anything is that they can not read. RTFM, my friend. And I must say that the manual is excellent.
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WebSphere Application Server

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Apache Web Server

We chose Apache because it handles dynamic content better than Nginx and it's very well supported. Nginx does handle high traffic sites better, but most of our sites do not get thousands of visitors or more a day as we are a small company serving niche markets. It is notable that you can use Apache and Nginx in tandem, serving static content with Nginx and then handling additional requests with Apache.
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WebSphere Application Server

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

Apache Web Server

  • Recently, we've had an issue with one of our sites constantly crashing due to too much traffic. Apache had to be continually tweaked to allow for the extra traffic. This caused some downtime for the client and us.
  • Normally, once you set up Apache, you can usually just forget about it and let the server run.
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WebSphere Application Server

  • Takes long time to learn deploy and adapt to the complexity and vast difference with other servers.
  • Negative impact on ROI in terms of more expertise needed may be compensated with more robust application that WAS offers.
  • Because of lack of ease of use, the time taken to deploy and run applications is high.
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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

WebSphere Application Server

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Apache Web Server
9.0
WebSphere Application Server
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
7.5

Usability

Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
8.0

Performance

Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
8.0

Support

Apache Web Server
10.0
WebSphere Application Server

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