IBM WebSphere Application Server vs Tomcat comparison

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We performed a comparison between IBM WebSphere Application Server and Tomcat 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.
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"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.""The solution has good performance.""The solution is very stable and robust.""The most valuable features are its user-friendliness and reliability in terms of application hosting.""WebSphere Application Server's best features include the data subscription and connection viewer.""The only reason why we're currently using WebSphere is that the integration of the authentication with Azure is very quick. WebSphere has something that can immediately connect with Azure Active Directory.""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."

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"Tomcat's best feature is the open source server. It's a flexible and lightweight solution.""Tomcat is a simple, light environment, whereas the full Red Hat Fuse solution is heavier.""The scalability overall is good.""The most valuable features of this solution are the general web server features.""We chose to use Tomcat because it's perfect compared to other containers that we have tested.""The most valuable feature is the free EE server.""The deployment process is very fast.""Tomcat is user-friendly and easy to set up, especially compared to WebLogic or JBoss where some specialty is required. If you are going for Tomcat, you can use their guidelines and can set it up easily."

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"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.""IBM WebSphere Application Server hasn't changed much. It's still a heavyweight for any company compared to what you get. Unless your code base is deeply linked with it, I don't think it's a great idea to go with this solution. The current trend is toward modularity and containerization, and given the product's requirements, containerization will be difficult. There is a memory requirement as well.""The solution could improve the integration.""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 current trend is to move to Liberty because of the portability of its cloud and its Kubernetes, which containerize the application.""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 compared with WebLogic, Weblogic is lighter and consumes less memory.""WebSphere Application Server doesn't have an automated deployment option, forcing us to use third-party tools like Jenkins UCD and Palo Automated Deployment."

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"It would be great if they offered more integration of monitoring tools.""Tomcat is used mainly for database connections. As of now, we configure that environment for any database configuration. But if any utility can integrate where we can pass the database connection as a string of details, then it should encrypt them and keep them inside. From that security perspective, Tomcat requires improvement. They should integrate this security feature.""Technical support is limited.""Security integration in Tomcat is complicated. We need to use another tool to solve the security issues.""In the solution, we are using the terminal to enter command line codes for operations and management, this is difficult for me. It would be better if we had some administrator UI tools for this.""Sometimes we face issues with the private and public networks and ensuring that once Tomcat is installed, that it is secure.""The interface is not user-friendly.""Tomcat is not user-friendly. I would also like to be able to have multiple applications run at the same time."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The licensing cost is 1,000 of euros for a 30-year table."
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  • "We are using the open-source version."
  • "The solution is free."
  • "Tomcat is an open source solution."
  • "We are currently using the open-source version."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:This solution is part of an enterprise web presence. It integrates well with the Tivoli Federated Identity Management system, which works as a single sign-on mechanism for other e-services that we… more »
    Top Answer:The only reason why we're currently using WebSphere is that the integration of the authentication with Azure is very quick. WebSphere has something that can immediately connect with Azure Active… more »
    Top Answer:The licensing cost is 1,000 of euros for a 30-year table.
    Top Answer:The ease of use of Tomcat is its most valuable feature. Once we grade particular software, we simply download it and we keep an eye on if Tomcat is working.
    Top Answer:We use this solution for our website. When we have to integrate applications like scheduling tools with the website, we use Tomcat. We also use Tomcat to configure the applications that we have with… more »
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    WebSphere Application Server
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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.
    Apache Tomcat is an open source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies. The Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket specifications are developed under the Java Community Process. Apache Tomcat powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations.
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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, The Weather Channel, E*Trade, Delta Virtual Airlines, General Motors, AppFuse, Bonhams, CardinalHealth,,, Millenium Pharmaceuticals,, WebShots,, MyOtherDrive
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company7%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Transportation Company10%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Company Size
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise72%
    Small Business55%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise36%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Tomcat
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Tomcat and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    IBM WebSphere Application Server is ranked 3rd in Application Server with 10 reviews while Tomcat is ranked 4th in Application Server with 9 reviews. IBM WebSphere Application Server is rated 7.6, while Tomcat is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM WebSphere Application Server writes "Very stable, supports many languages, and helpful for faster time to market". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tomcat writes "User-friendly and easy to set up". IBM WebSphere Application Server is most compared with JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Oracle WebLogic Server, JBoss, IBM BPM and Apache Web Server, whereas Tomcat is most compared with Oracle WebLogic Server, JBoss, IIS, Oracle GlassFish and Caucho Resin. See our IBM WebSphere Application Server vs. Tomcat report.

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