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Apache Web Server

It is the best choice for serving PHP applications due to its wide-spread popularity and huge community support. Very easy to start a new project of any complexity and easy to set up on localhost machines. But provided the fact that Apache is not the fastest and cleanest option available for hosting static content, you can never go wrong with your decision if you are using PHP or Perl language for serving dynamic content to serious business users.
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WebSphere Application Server

IBM WebSphere Application Server is being used for deploying web applications using portal applications.
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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
7.6
Installation
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
7.9
Open-source standards compliance
Apache Web Server
WebSphere Application Server
7.1

Pros

  • Private files can be hidden or set up only for specific users.
  • You can block certain file types from being uploaded to your website.
  • You can block certain IP addresses from accessing your website.
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  • Robust application server
  • Ability to create multiple nodes and clusters
  • Very nice WAS console interface
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Cons

  • Apache web server does not allow for multi-threading, meaning that too many users can crash the system causing downtime for your website.
  • Apache web server is not very fast in that you have to do some tweaking to allow for your website to be faster.
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  • Less a problem of the platform but often software developed to run on top of WebSphere is tied to specific versions of it, making it difficult to have a central WebSphere farm that can service all your application needs.
  • The install is now fully graphical, but the configuration still requires a lot of manipulating of command line and xml/properties files. This makes it almost impossible for a novice to set up and configure; companies have to hire experienced consultants to get the job done.
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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 have loved Apache and the brief experience I had with IIS wasn't as good. Nginx I have heard good things and though we use it heavily for our servers now without problems, I haven't configured it myself.
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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

  • Apache helps things run smoothly, rarely needing a reboot
  • Gives helpful error messages to solve problems easy
  • Occasionally we have had to modify file upload size, request timeout, and parameter size which is annoying when it has to be done on a lot of servers or cannot be done through code
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  • If it is up all the time this is the best ROI
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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
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WebSphere Application Server

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