IBM WebSphere Application Server

IBM WebSphere Application Server

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WebSphere Application Server is a software product that performs the role of a web application server. It is a software framework and middleware that hosts Java based web applications.

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Hazzim A.
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"WAS is a big boy, for implementation and administration."

What do you like best?

With the proper hardware the performance should be good, the administration is actually more easy than in the past and IBM is working to make more easy to admin, if your solution is working with more IBM solutions, WAS should be the right selection for your aplication server.

What do you dislike?

A lot of versions with minimal differences from each other but licensing could be problematic if you don't select the right one, the performance depends a lot of the experience of your sysadmins and tuning could be a issue if the application is not well designed.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have budget for a good hardware solution and your operations team is with the proper experience, WAS could be a good solution, but you need think and architect the complete solution with IBM middleware to avoid interoperability issues.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A lot of internal projects are working with new versions and the performance is good in most of the cases

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Marsha C.
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"It is one of the better Java Application server"

What do you like best?

WAS has been around for sometime and my company has been using it for some years now. It has also gone through many updates and release. The current stable release is version 8.5 with support for EJB 3.1 and many other J2EE features. This is actually what we are using. The system is stable and IBM had done alot of R&D on this product. This tool provides good integration with the IBM devloper tool (RAD), and makes development and testing a much easier.

What do you dislike?

Well the fees for this software is high so we have floating license which makes it a pain sometimes. certain feature is not available on the trial version which is a draw back. Try a few application servers in this space to see if it fits your requirements first and this will take some playing around.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend this tool to other developers as it as gotten updates and improved over the years. Try the trial version first to see if it fits you first.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to develop Java based application at eGov Jamaica Ltd. where I work.

What Application Server solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
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"WebSphere Application Server"

What do you like best?

It's pretty easy to use and to install. The installation guide is very easy to understand. Support is also very helpful. Opening PMR with WAS is pretty easy and they are very responsive. The response time is also very fast. Our WAS representative is also very help and accessible.

What do you dislike?

Licensing is very expensive. WebSphere Application Server ND and family edition is pretty expensive. The first time pruchase is very expensive and the renew is pretty costly as well. The migration tool from one version to the next also requires some time to understand.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With WebSphere Liberty, it gives us the ability the refine some of our current footprint and enable to save money on licensing. We are working on migrating our traditional env to a liberty env. However, liberty is very new and requires some time for us to get used to.

Matthew B.
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"Enterpise solution for enterprise problems"

What do you like best?

IBM's support of IBM WebSphere is one of the best attributes of both the product and the company. Both tickets as well as working with our representitives is alway a quick means of getting answers to our questions.

What do you dislike?

WebSphere ND is a full featured product that can be overly complex when solving simple solutions. IBM Liberty offers a bring what you need options; however, I have not used it at this time.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We leverage IBM WebSphere to host our Enterprise Appliance Java applications. The main benefit is being able to host these applications in an environment that is designed to support uptime.

Jose Luis M.
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"The server is powerful but sometimes slow"

What do you like best?

Being a paid server it has technical support. It is compatible with several IDE and easy to install and administer. You can generate profiles for each application.

What do you dislike?

Consume bastantes recursos de memoria y debes tener un ordenador potente sobretodo para el modo debug.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to generate profiles for each deployment or application development with its own configuration adds a lot of value.

Kenneth F.
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"The premiere platform for mission critical applications"

What do you like best?

Outstanding cluster management for scaleable high availability solutions.

What do you dislike?

Deployment automation and configuration management could be simplified.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Choose an partner with experience across multiple implementations to expedite your adoption.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Provides a robust and resilient deployment environment for the IBM Maximo Asset Management solution.

jack z.
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"explore noving WebSphere ND to cloud using Kebernetes and docker"

What do you like best?

I like to see a lot of development effort by IBM to use Kebernetes, Docker, containers to move the apps to hybrid cloud. As the solution to the legacy systems and legacy data, this is a solution. I'd like to see in the future. -Jack Zhu

What do you dislike?

nothing. Watson may be far away from our daily life. But this is beginning of this period. We will try it when we have chance.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

passing data into and from mainframe.

Srinivas V.
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"WebSphere v9 upgrade"

What do you like best?

There are many options for the upgrade path - We chose the inplace upgrade. Though it sounds destructive but it is a straight upgrade with the pre and post upgrade migration scripts. It preserve all the configuration settings including apps. The upgrade is seemless.

What do you dislike?

I worked with WebSphere both traditioal and liberty profile on both zOS and distributed linux platforms. The upgrade on the zos is more complictad.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting CA DMV online applications on WebSphere on ZOS

Andrea B.
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"Fine, fine."

What do you like best?

I liked that it connected the things I needed connected. It is built to do a specific task and is able to do that specific task. When using IBM software suite you kind of need WAS to do your job.

What do you dislike?

I disliked not being able to reuse a lot of the processes that I would follow for redundant tasks. I think this has gotten better though.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was using the IBM software suite and needed to connected some of the pieces. WAS was able to do this for me.

Juan F.
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"Reliable application server"

What do you like best?

It is very stable, and it also has a lot of dimcumentation on the internet, not only from IBM but also from other developers.

It also has a lightweight version that starts very quickly with a minimum set of dependencies.

What do you dislike?

The UX of the administration console is not very easy, nor very intuitive.

From time to time I find myself serching where should I click to get to the configuration parameter I want to change.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deploying JEE application

Thomasq D.
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"Excellent product for Java Enterprise Edition [full-stack]"

What do you like best?

I like the close adherence to the Java EE standards and support has been excellent.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see a more well-formed roadmap for how WebSphere ND is going to integrate with Jakarta EE or what the future holds for the WebSphere ND product.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We utilize WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment as our standard Java Enterprise Edition/Web Container solution. We run multiple policy management systems on WebSphere.

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"Great platform, holds a lot "

What do you like best?

efficiency, scalability, east to be managed and setup. flexibility when moving between different evironments,

What do you dislike?

sometimes it comes down of no reason.

we face a repeated error of node is not available. or could not syncronize the config between all nodes. we have tp restart the server from command line not from the console.

Console cannot do ann admin functionaoities.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

plan well for all your enterpeisea apps.

try to build one farm that contains all your apps

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is our main backbone that hosts most of our internet channels, we serve millions of users. we can deploy the apps on many nodes,monitor them, manage them easily,

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"WEBSPHERE SUCKS"

What do you like best?

It comes with a local server that you can configure to run code on your local machine.

What do you dislike?

So old technology. Constant problems with upgrading, deployments...etc. Should only be used to support legacy applications. Upgrading Java and other languages is a pain. It is also bundled with their version of eclipse which makes things annoying use together. Configuring server profiles and ports is especially annoying

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use AWS or any other cloud server provider instead. Docker or Kubernetes is the future of cloud applications

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deploying websites and technical server code to the backend. It does streamline the build process but the servers themselves are very annoying.

Roger H.
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"WAS does what we need"

What do you like best?

WebSphere Application Server allows us to run our enterprise Java applications with high availability over hundreds of production domains for the nation's healthcare companies.

What do you dislike?

APC hangs are not easy to identify or diagnose

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

WebSphere Application Server allows us to run our enterprise Java applications with high availability over hundreds of production domains for the nation's healthcare companies.

Ravi K.
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"Beautiful product"

What do you like best?

One server working as base server for many other servers, if developer is good at one he can easily operate many other servers provided by IBM and others as well. Easy to maintain and optimize too.

What do you dislike?

Better Troubleshooting options might help adminsitrators.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IBM Security Identity Manager, ISAM and other former products Websphere portal and Content Management

Raja D.
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"Webshere is for business critical apps"

What do you like best?

We are using WAS for a while and we are seeing good perf. We would like to upgrade to 9/9.5 to get better performance.

What do you dislike?

OpenJDK is diff from OpenJ9 and it affects not to get OpenJDK features fully & support. Hope it will be as one product in the future

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running business critical apps

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"Easy to implement"

What do you like best?

I worked as WS admin for a number of years. It's a generally stable software, once it's properly installed and configured. Its also a lightweight Web services and Micro services can be deployed saving time and cost

What do you dislike?

Cost is on the higher side and Issues are sometimes very hard to trace. Working through support can be cumbersome. Also they do not have very good community support for WebSphere.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

hould take training classes offered for WebSphere. It offers many useful classes

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

An app with a full set of functions and tools about business integrations. It also offers templates to easily build customized tools/apps.

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"Ease of WebSphere deployment over previous versions"

What do you like best?

As the WebSphere application server product has matured the need for specialized skills and understanding of the product internals has diminished.

What do you dislike?

As the product has become easier to implement there is a concomitant loss in the technical expertise of available WebSphere administrators. While this is usually not an issue, there is still value in having someone who is more deeply familiar with how the product operates.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have consolidated a large number of applications onto a platform where they need not be aware that they are sharing resources.

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"WebSphere delivers higher performance and flexibility over competitors"

What do you like best?

WAS has an overall higher throughput and tolerance for higher user load compared to other enterprise grade app servers. Also the underlying IBM Java platform is delivering faster startup and better performance than the open source varieties or the ones from competitors.

What do you dislike?

The fact that all scripting effort from the past years is being lost by moving to WAS Liberty, which needs less complex scripts in general.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are helping customers move to a more modernized application environment to enable the customer to move to a microservice architecture.

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"WebSphere Years of great service"

What do you like best?

Been running WebSphere for 10+ years for major applications with very few problems and when needed IBM support has been great.

What do you dislike?

The long term migration of WebSphere applications will be tough as we move to a cloud based data center.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Look at LIberty

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use websphere for mass use applications that require stateful applications used in the support of the public. The great part has been one platform for all and the development of skill sets that can be used by all the customers we support

Sandeep S.
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"IBM WebSphere Application Server Review"

What do you like best?

Easy to integrate with other applications. Provides different types of web servers and application hosting.

What do you dislike?

A person having little knowledge about IBM Server will find it difficult to get going.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We had integrated it with MQ and Java applications for our software.

Kevin L.
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"WebSphere In Government"

What do you like best?

Centralized repository for updates, timely fixpacks, well supported.

What do you dislike?

Logging is not always descriptive, can be difficult to troubleshoot.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been able to help customers deploy applications that server as a bridge to their legacy applications. WebSphere has been a robust enviroment for them.

jinnu j.
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"Appplication server that always work "

What do you like best?

Agility, performance, security aspects of the application server that served our business for almost 2 decades now

What do you dislike?

nothing much to dislike. trying to get the product to cloud now and see how that work

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

financial products for insurance and all

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"Even though there is now a lighter product"

What do you like best?

Only working WebSphere for a few years, when configured properly, it is the most stable thing you want to use to run your applications or service. Looking forward to WLP having the same longevity

What do you dislike?

the setup time and the size, it has a very large foot print

Recommendations to others considering the product:

do it

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

not sure how to rally respond to this except while there are other products that could be used to do the same thing. This is much more stable

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"WebSphere is a great tool"

What do you like best?

WebSphere is very robust and has the ability to allow you to support and customize JEE applications. We have a very lareg footprint of applications running on this platform and we are happy with the result.

What do you dislike?

There are a few pieces I wish they opened up for easier control over, one of which is the SSL functionality.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allowing a platform for both vendor written Java apps, as well as a robust framework for in house developed apps.

David P.
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"WAS Liberty"

What do you like best?

A lighter, more nimble client for automation developers

What do you dislike?

It would be nice if Liberty exposed the same elements as tradtional WAS

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use WAS to host web services used with HATS for QA automated testing of MF applications

Saravanan b.
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"user interface is convenient "

What do you like best?

with the IBM support , we are able to install on our environment sooner and its is being used on our production

What do you dislike?

nothing i could recollect now to

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

its an application server for our portal

Murali K.
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"IBM WAS "

What do you like best?

The flexibility and simplicity of the product to create and maintain products in the web layer

What do you dislike?

Technically speaking, due to open nature of product, issues related to memory management

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Faster solution for web products

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"WAS Across Platforms"

What do you like best?

We use WAS across several platforms, including different versions/flavours of Windows, Linux and Unix.That allows us to define the best environment for a workload without having to have different skill sets on our Dev and Middleware teams.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes pricing can be prohibitive and other options allow us to scale without having to buy additional licenses.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many of our applications use WAS, and we can deploy them on Unix, Linux or Windows

Rajesh S.
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"IBM WAS Review"

What do you like best?

To be honest; I don't like the product at all.

What do you dislike?

Deployment is tedious, Development is time taking, support is a nightmare.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Never consider WAS, worst product ever seen in my life.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have hosted all our microservices in IBM WAS.

AI
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"Good product, some enhancements can make it great."

What do you like best?

The dynamic cluster concept and managing multiple application servers using on server template is great.

What do you dislike?

The Dynamic Cluster operations when set to automatic mode can spin up 100's of JVM's and to stop them and to get everything under control is a bit painful. We have stopped using automotic operational mode for clusters because of this reason.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our main business applications run on WAS and it makes administration easy.

John H.
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"IBM Websphere "

What do you like best?

Its a Good middleware Technology With best Clustering concepts.

What do you dislike?

Cost is high than compatitors. Other Company have better service and support.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To run Legacy systems for EDI and Order management.

Dmitri F.
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"Light weight liberty"

What do you like best?

Light weight and easy to use cross platforms

What do you dislike?

Lack of documentation. The ibm.com site is very difficult to navigate and documentation is very limitted

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Micro-services for large scaled applications

Bin X.
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"Great platform"

What do you like best?

WAS is used to run many of our business critical applications

What do you dislike?

Licensing could be confusing. How to convert from one type to another

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Web based applications.

Zach D.
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"WAS Performance"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, performance gains from previous versions (i.e v6 to v9)

What do you dislike?

Lack of support for WAS 8, cost of upgrades and maintenace.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

n/a

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

n/a

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"WebSphere Liberty really gave us the freedom to conentrate on the applications"

What do you like best?

Simple to handle, runs fast and is made of modules. We espacially count on the zero migration statement, so far it has proven to be right.

What do you dislike?

simply nothing - I like it as it is, simple and fast

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't dream it - be it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we are now able to run the applications separate and have a modern platform to build on

Mirko N.
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"MN"

What do you like best?

I like the simply kind of Working with WebSphere Liberty

What do you dislike?

the price, the price, the price, the price

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

over 180 Apps vor Banks

Prasanna C.
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"Ease of Use and Innovation"

What do you like best?

Innovation to suit the current market trends.

What do you dislike?

We are still not able to trust completely with upgrades.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deploy modern applications at rapid growth.

prasad r.
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"good product "

What do you like best?

its it one of the most powerful and feature rich application

What do you dislike?

ihs backward compatiblity on the as400 is not great

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

portal applications

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"WAS server - good container"

What do you like best?

The configuration in WAS to set up connection., transaction, security, certificates etc which are not part of application maintenance and make it easy to maintain.

What do you dislike?

Nothing special that I dislike about WAS server. For lower environments or toolkits, it may be a bit heavy, which I beleive is getting resolved with Liberty server.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

WCS platform implemented using WAS

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"IBM Websphere "

What do you like best?

Seamless integration among various application components that minimize developer efforts and maximize developer productivity.

What do you dislike?

Websphere Administration can be made simple and Messaging debugging should be more riigid.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ability to run in windows and other open platform.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are running complex real time business monitoring solutions all in a single host running more than 35 different JVMs with ease.

sridevi p.
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"Good product, but too heavy to move to containers"

What do you like best?

Elaborate admin console to manage the cell.

What do you dislike?

its heavy footprint ,roadmap, non-cloud-native nature

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

its our runtime environment/middleware for JAVA applications

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"I've used Websphere for Connections and Leap and for the most part it's worked well. "

What do you like best?

The stability of the platform, it's usually working when we need it.

What do you dislike?

The install process takes rtoo long and is very difficult to follow.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It'sd a great product, but it's not for the faint of herat or for someone wanting to install software quickly,

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows us to run HCL Connections and HCL Leap

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"TWAS review"

What do you like best?

Continuous reliablility of the app server through over two decades..

What do you dislike?

Till recently, the cost was a factor we disliked. With Open Liberty we hope to see a change in the trend.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Exceptional support from IBM. It does what it needs to do.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we run entitre systems on WAS. Benefits: performance and fault tollerance.

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"IBM WAS "

What do you like best?

good support from IBM. Provides good WAS console for configuration.

What do you dislike?

IBM WAS is very heavy software. Even on developer machine, it takes almost 10 GB. Also it's very costly.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IBM WAS used in our old applications. It was stable. However in new applications, i would not recommend using IBM WAS. Should use Tomcat.

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"Hosting Many Applications"

What do you like best?

Once you have WebSphere tuned the way you need it, it's very stable.

What do you dislike?

The amount of troubleshooting can be time consuming. Installation and customization can be problematic as well.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure you perform thorough testing before you deploy!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it as an effective communications tool for our employee portal

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"Backbone for our Bank Applications"

What do you like best?

very stable and standard and worth implementing for a enterprise environment.

What do you dislike?

Very high cost. Can help in reducing costs

Recommendations to others considering the product:

just go for it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Complete middleware along with MQ, helps in being the spinal cord for the organization, Connecting all the systems in the back in a very standard manner

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"Usage "

What do you like best?

We have WebSphere v8.5.5.x deployed in our environment. We have migrated from several versions back to v5.x. Migration process has improved immensely over the different versions. The product also has improved in stability as well.

What do you dislike?

The cost for Network Deployment version.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Stable product that I can count on keeping up with latest updates of standards.

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"Still mainstream technology but maybe on its way out"

What do you like best?

Industry-standard platform and programming language, lots of EE libraries, good support, improving (finally) patching tools, adopting to changing methodologies and standards

What do you dislike?

Java less relevant than it used to be, needing to use InstallationManager since it's awful, devs prefer more modern tools

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business of state governmental agencies

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"WAS ND"

What do you like best?

Excellent security currency that is highly configurable. Ability to integrate with other products with all the possible options.

What do you dislike?

Not as quick to startup and a much lager footprint then cloud native options like Open Liberty.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rock solid application server. We host thousands of applications!

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