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

Find out in this report how the two Application Infrastructure 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 Enterprise Application Platform report (Updated: September 2022).
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"The most valuable features are its user-friendliness and reliability in terms of application hosting.""It does integrate well with the Tivoli Federated Identity Management system.""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.""WebSphere Application Server's best features include the data subscription and connection viewer.""The solution has good performance.""The solution is very stable and robust.""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."

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"Stable and easy to handle in terms of hosting applications."

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"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.""The solution could improve the integration.""WebSphere Application Server doesn't have an automated deployment option, forcing us to use third-party tools like Jenkins UCD and Palo Automated Deployment.""The licensing could be improved, and I would like it to give the longevity of the lifespan of the visions. In the next release, I would like to be able to download and extract the files so that I can just use my application server.""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.""The current trend is to move to Liberty because of the portability of its cloud and its Kubernetes, which containerize the application.""In spite of the solution's robustness, it is expensive and a bit difficult to support."

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"Lacks some functional requirements."

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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."
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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:Stable and easy to handle in terms of hosting applications.
    Top Answer:JBoss is totally subscription-based and it's less costly for us. As a solution architect, I would say licensing is key. The cost involved in implementing the solution is a key factor now that most… more »
    Top Answer:I'd like to see some sort of functional requirement that can convert technical requirements in the JBoss platform.
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    Also Known As
    WebSphere Application Server
    JBoss EAP, Red Hat EAP
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    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 (JBoss EAP) is an open source platform for modern Java applications deployed in any environment. JBoss EAP’s architecture is modular, and cloud ready. The platform offers powerful management and automation for greater developer productivity. It is based on the open source Wildfly project (formerly known as JBoss Application Server).
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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
    APD, Banco Azteca, Roche, Tata Sky, Frost Bank
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company7%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Company Size
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Buyer's Guide
    Application Infrastructure
    September 2022
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    IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 4th in Application Infrastructure with 9 reviews while JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is ranked 15th in Application Infrastructure with 1 review. IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.8, while JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is rated 8.0. 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 Enterprise Application Platform writes "Stable and easily handles applications that use only web containers". IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with Tomcat, Oracle WebLogic Server, JBoss, IBM BPM and Apache Web Server, whereas JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is most compared with Apache Web Server, Microsoft .NET Framework, NGINX Plus, Oracle SOA Suite and WebLogic Suite.

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