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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Score 8 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

Red Hat JBoss EAP

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.
Amanda Decker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

WebSphere Application Server
8.1
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.6
IDE support
WebSphere Application Server
8.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.2
Security management
WebSphere Application Server
8.2
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.6
Administration and management
WebSphere Application Server
8.6
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.3
Application server performance
WebSphere Application Server
7.9
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.6
Installation
WebSphere Application Server
8.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP
9.1
Open-source standards compliance
WebSphere Application Server
7.9
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.7

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

Red Hat JBoss EAP

  • 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.
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

Red Hat JBoss EAP

  • 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.
Amanda Decker | 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

Red Hat JBoss EAP

Red Hat JBoss EAP 5.0
Based on 1 answer
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
sameer vaidya | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Red Hat JBoss EAP

Red Hat JBoss EAP 8.4
Based on 3 answers
JBoss overall is easy to use. The installation and deployment of applications are quick. Documentations and support are also readily available.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Red Hat JBoss EAP

Red Hat JBoss EAP 8.7
Based on 3 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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

Red Hat JBoss EAP

Red Hat JBoss EAP 5.0
Based on 2 answers
Fast response.
Holman Cárdenas, M.Eng, TOGAF®, ITIL® | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Red Hat JBoss EAP

We selected JBoss because of compatibility with EJB's. We currently are trying to reduce our footprint and will highly consider using Tomcat.
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

Red Hat JBoss EAP

  • Jboss EAP is easy to deploy and configure. This lead to lower cost and faster delivery.
  • Even though we have large number of machines running JBoss, we have only two Jboss Administrators. It doesn't requires too much administration and maintenance on daily basis and reduces number of administrators required for large implementations.
Amanda Decker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

WebSphere Application Server

General

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

Red Hat JBoss EAP

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

WebSphere Application Server
8.1
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

WebSphere Application Server
7.5
Red Hat JBoss EAP
5.0

Usability

WebSphere Application Server
8.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.4

Performance

WebSphere Application Server
8.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP
8.7

Support Rating

WebSphere Application Server
9.0
Red Hat JBoss EAP
5.0

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