Oracle Weblogic Application Server - The 'logical' choice of mission critical apps
Updated June 10, 2016

Oracle Weblogic Application Server - The 'logical' choice of mission critical apps

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Oracle WebLogic Application Server

Weblogic is used as a mission critical, robust web server supporting, on a 24*7 basis a user base of many thousands of agents , end users and business critical B2B applications across many contracts and lines of business. Weblogic provides a easy to configurable security, scaleable solution and one that is compatible with a very large number of well known 3rd party applications, standards and platforms.
  • B2B Gateways - Support for JAVA XML applications that allow applications to process (without failure) many millions of daily B2B conversations / updates.
  • Security - Support for all the latest encryption protocols and RFCs . Handles certificate management / chaining with easy and provides confidence data is sent to / from the server is a trusted and secure.
  • Scalable - Can support a few to a huge number of users both as a single node or load balanced in a cluster.
  • Applications - Comprehensive support for JAVA applications and publishing of applications using a simple web interface to deploy and manage applications.
  • JDBC Connectivity - Very configurable and robust software allowing web applications to talk to JDBC data sources.
  • Fingerprint - Can occupy a significantly larger portion of server resources. But there again it does provide a a substantial amount of features / functionality.
  • Support - As with most commercial applications bear in mind support (specifically end of life) of the application in 5 - 10 yrs . Oracle will support this but may not have the detailed expertise as their support staff move on. Seems a long while away but this will be mostly used in large IT operations / businesses where applications can sit around for many years before been replaced. Be prepared to regularly upgrade to a newer release.
  • Steep Learning Curve - To get the most out of this software there is a significant amount of learning to do. Be prepared to spend of training courses for support staff. LIkewise may take a few months to tune the application to your environment.
  • Confidence / Reliability - Very very small application failure rate < 2 incidents per year (if managed correctly)
  • Cost - Costs for software, and support and training - But you get what you pay for. Oracle support and KB very good. Extensive training courses by Oracle and/or third party's.
  • JAVA / XML Support - Great for JAVA applications. Works flawlessly
In comparison to IIS, Apache, Tomcat - Oracle Weblogic App Server is an all-round server, easy to configure, supported and in my opinion very strong in B2B applications. I personally would not trust IIS in a B2B environment. Administration of Weblogic is Web GUI driven and this provides a very comprehensive interface to the heart of the application. Using Apache / Tomcat usually requires editing of conf / XML files which off course can be confusing to all but hardened techies . Weblogc easily scales in to a cluster supporting high availability critical processes which need to be available 24*7*365
In the top tear for B2B Java XML Applications - Robust, scalable to > 1,000,000 of B2B Conversations per day (given correct load balancing). Can support with confidence mission / business / trading critical application

Likewise you wouldn't want to run Oracle WebLogic Application Server for a small number of static HTML sites. Essentially not suited to small environments with a trickle of hits per hour.

Oracle WebLogic Feature Ratings

IDE support
7
Security management
9
Administration and management
8
Application server performance
10
Installation
8
Open-source standards compliance
10