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Senior System Analyst at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 20
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.
Maximo - Technical Consultant/Architect/Analyst at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Interchangeable, good performance, and is reliable
Pros and Cons
  • "The performance is good."
  • "When compared with WebLogic, Weblogic is lighter and consumes less memory."

What is our primary use case?

I am always working. I am working with WebLogic and WebSphere. Some things are running on WebLogic and others on WebSphere. I use both.

It is deployed on-premise, and I am able to do everything they are doing on the cloud.

What is most valuable?

I would not compare WebSphere and WebLogic because both servers are really good.

However, once you have set up both of them, they work perfectly.

There are always bugs, such as the recent bug with log4j, but they're both good web servers. I can make use of either one, it makes no difference. It's just a different setting, but I'd say the quality is the same.

I am satisfied with this solution, as well as WebLogic. Both are good.

The performance is good.

What needs improvement?

I don't think about what needs improvement, I work with what I have.

There is always room for improvement. But it's getting better every time, with every new release, and every new patch, it's getting better. They are continuously improving.

When compared with WebLogic, Weblogic is lighter and consumes less memory.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

IBM WebSphere Application Server is a stable solution.

How are customer service and support?

I usually solve my problems on my own. I Google it. I do the research, find out what other people are having problems with, otherwise look to Oracle for solutions to some of them. I was always able to Google it and find the solution.

I have never had to contact Oracle or IBM for support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with WebLogic, Apache Server, and SAP NetWeaver in the past. I've had a lot of experience.

How was the initial setup?

I set up everything. you just need the hardware, and I do everything else. 

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

When you purchase Maximo, you get WebSphere for free. Why would you pay more for WebLogic?

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend using whichever is cheaper. Both are interchangeable, and I don't see a difference in their performance.

I would rate IBM WebSphere Application Server a nine out of ten.

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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Head of Department at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Lightweight and reasonably-priced, but the support should be bundled with Red Hat support
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature is the UI."
  • "Having the support combined with Red Hat support would be an improvement."

What is our primary use case?

JBoss is a product that we implement for our clients. It is used as an application server and a web server. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the UI.

This is a lightweight server.

What needs improvement?

The support should be bundled with the Red Hat OS support because as it is now, these are two separate costs. Having the support combined with Red Hat support would be an improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using JBoss for a couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not had any problems with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable product.

How are customer service and technical support?

Our application support team will contact JBoss support if they have an issue, but so far they have not needed to. We have not seen any major or critical problems.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We also have Oracle WebLogic in the company and some of the developers prefer to use JBoss. Three or four of our applications use JBoss and the remaining ones, which is most of them, use WebLogic.

In terms of memory, it is better than Oracle WebLogic.

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team is responsible for deployment and maintenance. We have one person from the infrastructure team to help install and tune it. A second person performs day-to-day troubleshooting on it.

Once we deliver and deploy the server, there is another team to support the application.

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

This price of JBoss is cheaper than similar solutions like Oracle WebLogic. We pay for a maintenance license, but it is not expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

JBoss is what we settled on when we were searching for alternatives to WebLogic.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is that for anybody who is searching for a lightweight application or web server, JBoss is one of the options that I recommend. We plan to continue using it.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Implementer
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