IBM CICS Transaction Server vs. Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM CICS Transaction Server
Score 9.9 out of 10
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IBM CICS (Customer Information Control System) is mixed-language application server that runs on IBM z/OS. CICS® Transaction Server, often called CICS, is used for hosting transactional enterprise applications in a hybrid architecture.N/A
Red Hat JBoss EAP
Score 7.9 out of 10
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Pricing
IBM CICS Transaction ServerRed Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
IBM CICS Transaction ServerRed Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
Application Servers
Comparison of Application Servers features of Product A and Product B
IBM CICS Transaction Server
8.0
2 Ratings
1% above category average
Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
8.6
8 Ratings
8% above category average
IDE support5.01 Ratings8.18 Ratings
Security management9.02 Ratings8.68 Ratings
Administration and management9.02 Ratings8.18 Ratings
Application server performance10.02 Ratings8.68 Ratings
Installation8.02 Ratings9.58 Ratings
Open-source standards compliance7.02 Ratings8.68 Ratings
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Small Businesses
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Medium-sized Companies
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Enterprises
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User Ratings
IBM CICS Transaction ServerRed Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(2 ratings)
8.1
(8 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
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8.5
(3 ratings)
Performance
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8.7
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
-
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5.2
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
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8.5
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM CICS Transaction ServerRed Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
IBM CICS Transaction Server is multi-decades proven transaction server which is very scalable, very secured, easy to use, has good transactional capabilities, works well all other mainframe resources such as Db2, languages on IBM mainframe, has access control capabilities in terms of who can access the transaction for read mode vs update mode, etc.
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Red Hat
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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Pros
IBM
  • De facto standard in the legacy enterprise
  • Multiplatform connection
  • Native connection with DB2
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Red Hat
  • 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
IBM
  • Would like to see the transaction response matrix on the average transaction response among all requests.
  • Would like to see GUI tool to be able to see currently running transactions
  • Would like to be able to get the details of where the cics transaction was triggered from
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Red Hat
  • 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
IBM
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Red Hat
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
IBM
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Red Hat
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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Performance
IBM
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Red Hat
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 Rating
IBM
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Red Hat
Fast response.
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Alternatives Considered
IBM
There is no comparison, in practice, the possibility of using the latest programming languages but, above all, the databases can be different and more modern than DL1.
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Red Hat
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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Return on Investment
IBM
  • It has allowed us to use our decades old code and still continue to support the business
  • Allows us to have faster time to market and modernize our systems
  • We can still continue to use our legacy resources for modern systems
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Red Hat
  • Improved delivery timelines due to easy out of the box setup.
  • It is a cheap subscription-based/open-source Java EE-based application server. This reduces the overall cost of delivery.
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