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We performed a comparison between IBM WebSphere Application Server and JBoss based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Server solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. JBoss report (Updated: September 2022).
632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The performance is good.""The thing about WebSphere, as opposed to other ones that I am aware of such as JBoss and Liberty, is that WebSphere has the most comprehensive scaffolding available to it.""What's most valuable in IBM WebSphere Application Server is its resilience. When you use the solution, you know that after the communication has been done, there will be no doubt that the data has reached its destination.""One of the most valuable features might be the stability of the IBM WebSphere Application Server.""As compared to other applications, it has tremendous support. We have built internal capability so that we use it extensively internally. It is also easier to use with the outside data. You can write in ESQL, Java, or any other technology that you want to use for development. So, it is a lot more flexible in the language that it supports.""The solution is very stable and robust.""The solution has good performance.""The most valuable features are its user-friendliness and reliability in terms of application hosting."

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"There's good documentation and a pretty good community surrounding the product.""We can deploy the applications on the JBoss server, so it is easy to manage. It's also easy to add new certificates to the config.""The solution is easy to use.""It is a Java-based product, so it is pretty straightforward. It is pretty easy from a developer's perspective. It is also pretty reliable and scalable.""The high availability is great.""The most valuable feature is the UI.""The product integrates well with Java applications."

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Cons
"When compared with WebLogic, Weblogic is lighter and consumes less memory.""The solution could improve the integration.""In spite of the solution's robustness, it is expensive and a bit difficult to support.""WebSphere Application Server doesn't have an automated deployment option, forcing us to use third-party tools like Jenkins UCD and Palo Automated Deployment.""Based on the field and based on the build that was provided, we've noticed a lot of constraints in terms of the performance now.""The business logic side of it is sort of missing in the sense that if I want to track and measure velocity, it is not really available. You have to buy another application and embark on a separate implementation. Instead of having different licensing, IBM DataPower should be integrated with WebSphere. It will allow us to build the business layer and rules a lot more efficiently, rather than developing rules within the application. It would be good if we can set up the business layer through parametrization rather than development. IBM DataPower has the business rule and the controls, and if it can be integrated, it would be fantastic. It will help the application in working better in terms of security features and business logic. If you're going to use it for open banking, you will be able to monitor velocity on the total pricing.""What could be improved in IBM WebSphere Application Server is its interconnection with other products, for example, Kafka. What I'd like to see in the next release of the solution is a better graphical user interface.""When we run into memory or locking issues, we resort to using third-party tools. However, it would be preferable to have native tools for debugging this type of problem."

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"Having the support combined with Red Hat support would be an improvement.""The initial setup is a bit complex.""Sometimes the console has a glitch.""The documentation could be better. When we have questions, we need to check multiple websites. There isn't one place listing a set of common problems and how to fix them.""It can have automation features. Everybody is focused right now on automation. In terms of saving cost, automation is always the first thing that comes to light.""In general, the support of the ERPC would be really good due to the fact that, so far, I have not seen it.""The solution could improve by providing more integration."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We used to pay about $100,000-$120,000 US or somewhere around there. That was a bit cost-prohibitive for us to continue."
  • "It is very expensive."
  • "The price of IBM WebSphere Application Server could be less expensive and there is an annual license required for this solution."
  • "The licensing policy is based on the PVU base."
  • "When you purchase Maximo, you get WebSphere for free."
  • "It costs more than some of the others, but, you get what you pay for."
  • "WebSphere Application Server is expensive, so it may not be a good option for small companies."
  • "My company is on a perpetual or permanent license agreement with IBM WebSphere Application Server. There's also a pay-per-use option, but customers rarely choose that option. Most of the customers are on the perpetual license deal that's all-inclusive. As the license cost is quite expensive, I'm rating it two out of five."
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  • "We pay for a maintenance license, but it is not expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It does integrate well with the Tivoli Federated Identity Management system.
    Top Answer:We used to pay about $100,000-$120,000 US or somewhere around there. That was a bit cost-prohibitive for us to continue. You need to pay for both software licenses and software support, which was the… more »
    Top Answer:I'm not certain if the WebSphere solution was deployed by IBM. There are a lot of complexities in how the solution was actually built and deployed, which means troubleshooting on management for us is… more »
    Top Answer:It is a Java-based product, so it is pretty straightforward. It is pretty easy from a developer's perspective. It is also pretty reliable and scalable.
    Top Answer:This price of JBoss is cheaper than similar solutions like Oracle WebLogic. We pay for a maintenance license, but it is not expensive.
    Top Answer:It can have automation features. Everybody is focused right now on automation. In terms of saving cost, automation is always the first thing that comes to light.
    Ranking
    2nd
    out of 20 in Application Server
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    6,440
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    Reviews
    8
    Average Words per Review
    575
    Rating
    7.6
    5th
    out of 20 in Application Server
    Views
    3,951
    Comparisons
    3,331
    Reviews
    5
    Average Words per Review
    689
    Rating
    7.8
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    WebSphere Application Server
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    Overview
    IBM WebSphere Application Server provides a range of flexible, secure, Java EE 7 runtime environments available on premises or across any public, private or hybrid cloud.
    Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP), a market-leading, fully certified Java EE platform, gives you a single platform to quickly develop and deploy applications. Use traditional Red Hat JBoss EAP to gain business agility with your existing applications and reduce the costs of proprietary platforms.
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    Sample Customers
    TalkTalk, Property management group, E.SUN Bank, Ohio National Financial Services, Aviarc, Cincom Systems, FJA-US, D+H, Staples, Michigan Municipal League
    Tata Sky, Nissan, Swedish Board of Agriculture, Novamedia, American Product Distributors, Advanced Micro Devices, Emirates Group, E*TRADE
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government20%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company7%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company50%
    Transportation Company25%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government9%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise63%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business30%
    Large Enterprise70%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. JBoss
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. JBoss and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 2nd in Application Server with 10 reviews while JBoss is ranked 5th in Application Server with 7 reviews. IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.8, while JBoss is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Application Server writes "Bad documentation, does not scale well, and has a lot of complexities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of JBoss writes "Good documentation, very stable, and scalable". IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Tomcat, Oracle WebLogic Server, IBM BPM and Apache Web Server, whereas JBoss is most compared with Tomcat, Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle GlassFish, IIS and Oracle Fusion Middleware. See our IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. JBoss report.

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