WebSphere Application Server Reviews

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September 23, 2020
Rajesh Chandramohan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Security-rich Java server runtime environment.
  • WebSphere ND - Extensive support to containers.
  • Is a perfect fit for B2B, B2C and B2B2C companies.
  • More suitable for DevOps Environment.
  • Easy Deployment from command line.
  • Minimize the fixpack levels.
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October 01, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Robustness
  • Stability
  • Cluster Management
  • EJB Support
  • Better and simpler Admin Console
  • Auto Heap Management
  • Email SMTP Connectivity
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September 24, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Websphere Application Server is highly secure and provides better security algorithms.
  • This application server provides high availability of applications in production environment.
  • WAS is used largely for web application deployments.
  • Websphere Application Server has unique IBM support available 24/7.
  • Websphere Application Server is accessible on all the operating system like Windows AIX Unix Solaris Zos etc.
  • It's easy to integrate with other systems.
  • In this era of cloud technology, Websphere Application Server required Integration with cloud technology.
  • Troubleshooting tools need to included in Websphere Application Server package for better troubleshooting of issues.
  • Websphere Application Server comes with some basic performance tools and these troubleshooting and performance tools need to be enhanced.
  • It's available in all operating systems like Windows AIX Unix Solaris Zos etc.
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January 21, 2020
Ben Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
  • Licensing costs can be quite steep, more so than some competitors.
  • There's quite a steep learning curve with some elements and the support available online is fairly limited.
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May 01, 2019
Dinesh P | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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
  • Downloading WebSphere Binaries from Passport Advantage can be made a little easier
  • May be expensive from a licensing perspective
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October 04, 2018
Frank William | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • I like the user interface. It's neat and easy to navigate
  • Another thing I like is the ability to easily customize the product and create multiple nodes
  • I think support is fast and responsive when needed
  • Uptime of 99.99% is incredible
  • The first issue for me is the time it takes for the application server to start. That's one area I hope to see improvement on
  • Another issue is that there are times when the nodes have issues syncing
  • The initial learning curve is steep, especially for new users
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September 27, 2018
Bryan Salerno | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Session Management
  • Node Management
  • Scalability
  • High overhead (i.e. resource cpu/memory)
  • Configuration can always be improved
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June 20, 2016
Quashar Jamal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Deployment of application is pretty easy
  • Easy maintenance
  • IBM folks are always there to help with any issues
  • Messaging functionalities are little bit complicated
  • There should be more detailed tutorials for messaging and security
  • Certification for expired notification should be automated
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June 17, 2016
Amitendu Panja | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • The IBM WebSphere console provides easy steps to deploy the Maximo EAR files on the server.
  • It provides a simple wizard to set up the server for a Maximo application. It guides you step by step from selecting the server type (Database, Directory and J2EE ), the setup server and node details, server administrative details, and port setting. It would automatically deploy it on the target machine.
  • The IBM Websphere console would behave erratically at times. When starting or stopping the server the small red and green icons would often take time to change even though the server would have started or stopped.
  • When deploying the EAR files, the logs are displayed. In case the window is closed or you click on any other link on the console there is no way you can get the console log page back. You will have to keep refreshing the deployed resources page in order to figure out if the deployment is complete or not.
  • When changing the status of the servers, no intermediate status is shown. Most of the time it works fine, as stated in the first point it would behave erratically. When the status changed the page would suddenly get refreshed and the icon colour gets updated. An acknowledgement and and console log like the once shown in deployment would be helpful.
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May 11, 2016
Victor Toal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Performance, and security. The ability to integrate these both into your application platform are most important to me.
  • The ability to run on all major OS thereby not forcing a client t to have to decide to support a platform they currently do not have.
  • Integration with (BM's version of ) Apache is very strong and easy to manage.
  • 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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June 10, 2016
Fareed Abolhassani | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Clean and simple console interface.
  • Simple SSO setup.
  • 99% uptime.
  • Easily scalable.
  • Takes a bit time to get a server up and running.
  • Node Sync.
  • Steep learning curve (time consuming because of its complexity).
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June 07, 2016
Abhilash Barla | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Request and response tracking.
  • Simplicity of the information to understand and troubleshoot the issues.
  • Robust.
  • Scalable.
  • Love the way it manages clusters.
  • Segmented security.
  • Simple SSO setup.
  • Possibilities for customization
  • Integrated monitoring
  • Setting up SSO for the application can be made simpler.
  • Context root dependencies can be removed.
  • Have had a lot of crashes on the DMGR on WAS 8.5.5. That needs improvement. Even though the available memory is more than 80% it generates multiple core, javacore, snapcore etc., dump files, which just occupy disk space.
  • Improvement in cache clearing. We shouldn't be required to clear the cache and restart the process.
  • Node sync issues.
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August 15, 2014
Manoj Prasad | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Robust application server
  • Good logging of various levels
  • Ability to create multiple nodes and clusters
  • Good documentation
  • Very nice WAS console interface
  • 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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September 15, 2014
Orazio Ray Pensabene | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Smart Web Integration
  • Easy to use GUI interface
  • Fast search and help topics
  • Simplified Security
  • Uptime is 99.99%
  • The product works great why change it -how much better can you make it...
  • SSL use for certificates could be a little more simpler
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February 21, 2017
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Robust application server
  • Ability to create multiple nodes and clusters
  • Very nice WAS console interface
  • Ease of use in terms of deployment, give simple interface to do simple stuff like Tomcat.
  • 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.
  • Takes long time to start the server.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

IDE support (9)
8.0
Security management (13)
7.8
Administration and management (13)
9.2
Application server performance (13)
8.5
Installation (12)
8.6
Open-source standards compliance (9)
8.3

What is WebSphere Application Server?

IBM WebSphere Application Server provides... an application server and infrastructure.

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WebSphere Application Server Pricing

  • Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
  • Entry-level set up fee?No
EditionPricing DetailsTerms
Application Server$88.50Per Month

WebSphere Application Server Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:No