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Applicable for a wide variety of purposes and sports a useful UI console
Pros and Cons
  • "In WebLogic, the most useful feature is the UI administration console from where we can configure everything, such as security access, and we can start and stop it graphically. That's the best feature of WebLogic Server."
  • "In terms of what could be improved, maybe something related to the processes automation or starting and stopping the processes, because often WebLogic comes with something called Node Manager. Node Manager needs to be configured and administrated manually."

What is our primary use case?

We install Oracle products for our clients, not for our own purposes because we don't have any big infrastructure where we would have to deploy them.

Our clients' use-cases for Oracle WebLogic are for applications that require WebLogic as a server container for reports, for Java-based applications, for Oracle data integrators, and other tools which require WebLogic.

I have installed and configured WebLogic on-premises in cluster configurations as well as standalone configurations. I have also configured WebLogic on the Oracle cloud.

What is most valuable?

In WebLogic, the most useful feature is the UI administration console from where we can configure everything, such as security access, and where we can start and stop it graphically. That's the best feature of WebLogic Server.

What needs improvement?

In terms of what could be improved, maybe something related to the processes automation or starting and stopping the processes, because often WebLogic comes with something called Node Manager. Node Manager needs to be configured and administrated manually. That is kind of a setback because we don't how to configure it manually using scripting commands - it becomes complicated. In the next releases it would be good if it could be possible to have Node Manager WebLogic able to be configured and administrated graphically, also. That's a suggestion.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Oracle WebLogic Server for almost 10 years - from WebLogic version 10 onwards.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

WebLogic is one of the web containers available today. We have installed it for more than 50 clients for different strategies using WebLogic.

How are customer service and support?

Customer support is very good. It is a very standard product and any software product in the world comes with its own knicks and knacks that you have to know so that you can configure it. The documentation is very vast, but Oracle support for the product is very good. If there is any complication like a bug or if there is any complication with the configuration, the support is very good regarding that.

How was the initial setup?

Today, WebLogic can be installed for different purposes. WebLogic Server can be installed alone just to publish Java-based applications or web-based applications - that is one scenario. Another scenario is to use WebLogic to deploy forms reports and other Oracle Fusion reports. For both the cases, the documentation is very good and the steps to follow are very standardized. It is basically straightforward.

In terms of how much staff is needed for implementation, one person specialized in installing WebLogic is required. But installing WebLogic also requires having enough knowledge about the operating systems, because, depending on the operating system, there needs to be an operating system administrator to configure certain features.

The WebLogic installation configuration requires top knowledge regarding operating systems and database design because, for example, when we deploy WebLogic for Fusion products we need to connect WebLogic to a database repository to deploy it later for the scripts. So one person is enough but this person requires knowledge of operating systems as well as databases.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing costs for WebLogic depend on if you go with WebLogic Enterprise or WebLogic Suite. It's a complete suite of products that comes with WebLogic, like Fusion and other products. It is a bit costly.

If you go for WebLogic standard, which is just WebLogic by itself, it's not that costly. Price-wise it's a bit costly if you compare it to free products like JBoss or Tomcat. But if you compare it with other web server products which are commercial, WebLogic is not so costly.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would give Oracle WebLogic Server a nine.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Senior System Analyst at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
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User-friendly and easy to set up
Pros and Cons
  • "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."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We are using Tomcat for one Java-based application that's used for any carrier site. We have one portal for carriers. Any external user can apply for whatever openings are there. Through that site they can apply and our HR can review their profile and invite them for an interview. Tomcat is handling all these processes.

What is most valuable?

The company decided earlier, when our database was on Oracle, that Tomcat is more suitable for Java-based applications and it's a free tool with free servers that we can download and use there.

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

What needs improvement?

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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Tomcat in my company for the last two years. In my previous company I used Tomcat for application, deployment and configuration.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Tomcat is very stable, nothing new in this one, it's a very old product. We were using this product for our small application testing back when we were in college.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of Tomcat's scalability level, wherever scalability or a higher ability is required, we use a load balancer and other things to just upscale the data.

We have one 15-person team that is using it. It is exported to the internet, so external users are using it whenever they connect to the application.

How are customer service and technical support?

We provide technical support because we have the knowledge about this product so we don't feel any external support is required as of now for Apache and Tomcat related issues.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy and straightforward.

It takes me a couple of hours for Tomcat implementation.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Tomcat is an open-source solution so we don't have licensing costs.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to someone considering Tomcat is that they don't have too much load on their website. It's not for all websites. For normal sites, they can use Tomcat.

On a scale of one to ten, I would give Tomcat an eight.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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