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  • "We pay around $200,000 annually."
  • "The price of this product is higher than that of competitors."
  • "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."
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    The most valuable features are its user-friendliness and reliability in terms of application hosting.
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    The solution is expensive. We have 80,000 PVU, as this is referred to by IBM. The licensing policy is based on the PVU base. The initial setup and purchase cost approximately $4 and $5 million. The… more »
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    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… more »
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    Also Known As
    WebSphere Application Server
    GlassFish
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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.
    Oracle GlassFish Server is a robust open source platform that offers exhaustive and accessible documentation, intuitive administration and configuration features, interoperability with Microsoft Windows, feature-rich integration with NetBeans and Eclipse, and alignment with Oracle Solaris, OpenSolaris, and MySQL.
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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
    TravelMuse, Clarity Accounting
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Government23%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company28%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Insurance Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Government5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 1st in Application Server with 10 reviews while Oracle GlassFish is ranked 8th in Application Server. IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.6, while Oracle GlassFish is rated 0.0. 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, IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with Tomcat, JBoss, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Oracle WebLogic Server and Microsoft .NET Framework, whereas Oracle GlassFish is most compared with Oracle WebLogic Server, JBoss, Tomcat, IIS and Oracle Fusion Middleware.

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