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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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.
Quashar Jamal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle GlassFish Server

Glassfish is well suited for large-scale cluster deployments and integrates well with F5 load balancers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

WebSphere Application Server
8.1
Oracle GlassFish Server
9.3
IDE support
WebSphere Application Server
8.0
Oracle GlassFish Server
9.2
Security management
WebSphere Application Server
8.4
Oracle GlassFish Server
8.5
Administration and management
WebSphere Application Server
8.5
Oracle GlassFish Server
9.5
Application server performance
WebSphere Application Server
7.8
Oracle GlassFish Server
9.5
Installation
WebSphere Application Server
8.0
Oracle GlassFish Server
9.4
Open-source standards compliance
WebSphere Application Server
7.8
Oracle GlassFish Server
9.6

Pros

WebSphere Application Server

  • It works out of the box. Its basic functionality is all there and everything works with no adjustments.
  • The functionality is there for fine tuning, to allow applications to be easier to access and quicker with some tweaks, but again, these aren't necessary for basic running.
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle GlassFish Server

  • The product offers Java EE support.
  • As the version supported by Oracle we have an extensive documentation, the Oracle GlassFish server online documentation library, patches ,and support from the supplier.
  • Ease of use through the administration console.
  • Integration with the NetBeans development interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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.
Manoj Prasad | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle GlassFish Server

  • One of the areas where we found Glassfish adaptation difficult for our company was the lack of documentation and community forums covering important issues.
  • We ran into a roadblock with OAuth 2.0 implementation and did not get great support on that issue.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

WebSphere Application Server

WebSphere Application Server 7.5
Based on 2 answers
When you have a 99.9% uptime, what else can you say? It deserves a 10.
Orazio Ray Pensabene | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle GlassFish Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

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
Dinesh P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle GlassFish Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

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.
Dinesh P | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle GlassFish Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

WebSphere Application Server

WebSphere Application Server 9.0
Based on 1 answer
IBM was quick to respond when we had an issue with our specific infrastructure. We raised a PMR, which they picked up quickly and updated us about every step of the way. We had an appropriate fix for quite a business critical issue within a fortnight, which was impressive!
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle GlassFish Server

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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.
Bryan Salerno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle GlassFish Server

At the time we did a small proof of concept with both platforms and Oracle Glassfish had more intuitive administration and configuration functions
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle GlassFish Server

  • Glassfish which initially spun off from an Open Source project has a community edition which is free to use and offers great ROI.
  • In comparison to cloud offerings like AWS and Google App Engine, Glassfish requires more cost upfront for installation and management.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

WebSphere Application Server

General

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

Oracle GlassFish Server

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

WebSphere Application Server
8.2
Oracle GlassFish Server
8.6

Likelihood to Renew

WebSphere Application Server
7.5
Oracle GlassFish Server

Usability

WebSphere Application Server
8.0
Oracle GlassFish Server

Performance

WebSphere Application Server
8.0
Oracle GlassFish Server

Support

WebSphere Application Server
9.0
Oracle GlassFish Server

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