IBM WebSphere Application Server Reviews & Product Details

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What is IBM WebSphere Application Server?

IBM WebSphere Application Server is the most reliable, secure and flexible Java™ Enterprise Edition (Java EE)-based runtime environment. IBM WebSphere® opens the door for any developer using any tool for any app — on any cloud. WebSphere is a highly scalable server environment designed to host cloud applications and microservices in any size organization. Increase developer productivity by 25 percent with WebSphere Liberty, a runtime that is included in all versions, thanks to zero-migration for your application infrastructure and the ability to access new capacity and move apps to the cloud in minutes. Reduce cost by using WebSphere Liberty because of simplified administration and a 30 percent reduction in infrastructure utilization. Product versions 1. WebSphere Application Server: Use this version for Java EE Full Profile applications that need to integrate with existing Java EE applications such as those using JMS. 2. WebSphere Liberty Core: The ideal version for Web applications or microservices that rely only on the Java EE Web Profile. 3. WebSphere Application Server ND: Use this version for managing Java EE Full Profile applications that run outside of a containerized environment. 4. WebSphere Application Server Family edition: The Family edition offers increased license flexibility across your enterprise for three WebSphere products: WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Liberty Core, and WebSphere Application Server ND.

IBM WebSphere Application Server Details
Product Description

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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Sr Technical Support Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

This was one of the first and best Applications servers I have ever worked with. Great to run Java based Applications with good Cluster Management Features. Best part is that IBM runs the updates in a timely manner ensuring and fixing the Bugs and poor performance from previous versions. I have looked at the tool from the support perspective as I was part of production Support team but I have heard that it works great for the Developers.

There is a WAS support available for people seeking more help with the tool. Very Handy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

From Support perspective again I felt that the logs did not give much information to debug the issues we saw. Other than that I did not have any problems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Mostly used it to run and manage our Middleware Applications on it. Used it for scaling and real time communication with other servers in our organisation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Consultora Marketing & Publicidad
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

IBM Websphere application server is one of the most established running application servers from IBM, however, they continue updating it to the more latest rendition. It has all the fundamental usefulness that you will search for in an application server. You can have every one of your applications particularly the Java manufactured applications on it. Our total middleware devices like MQ and Message Broker were incorporated effectively and safely with it. it's powerful, it depends on a normalizing j2ee engine hierarchy by IBM and has SSO technology accessible out of the container. IBM's uphold is amazing. It likewise awesome bunch the executives includes alongside logging usefulness. It has WAS support through which arrangement should be possible without explicit coding. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Barely any usefulness like following and troubleshooting isn't up to the imprints as the logging isn't so explicit about mistakes and alerts. Message engine design is a troublesome and unwieldy cycle. Some of the time sending does not reflect appropriately. It's excessively big. Building up an application with Websphere is horrendously moderate. It gives all regardless of whether you don't require it. Sometimes it comes down of no reason. we face a repeated error of node is not available. or could not synchronize the config between all nodes. we have to restart the server from the command line not from the console. The console cannot do ann admin functionalities. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I would prescribe to anybody to truly think do they truly require IBM WebSphere or if their business issue could be understood utilizing some other (more steady and less expensive) alternatives. It's been a smooth encounter working with IBM Websphere. Reconciliation with other Websphere apparatuses is simple and speedy. The organization and facilitating, both are steady and secure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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T24 Technical Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is very convenient and easy to integrate T24 with IBM Websphere. We have been using IBM websphere in one of the largest commercial banks in Pakistan. We have integrated our Internet banking and few other banking software systems via IBM Websphere to T24 core banking system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Customer support TAT (Turn Around Time) should be made better. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Apart from smooth integration, IBM also offers critical checks and balances that cannot be implemented directly in T24 e.g. if there is any transaction coming in from any alternate delivery channel that does not fulfill the regulatory requirement we can stop the transaction in IBM websphere without putting load on our T24 core banking systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CT
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like WAS because is possible to deploy war file or ear file and dependency stay inside on server, for that when i build the war file is not necessary include dependency, the project is light, another things is very easy to configuration and install SSL certifications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

is very complicated to migrate one version another version for example to migrate java 8 to java 11, because the environment is different. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

should be familiarize with Java, Linux and UNIX. because if you have knowledge for that technologies is most easy to learn IBM WAS for my opinion. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

If you have application with a lot transaction the server WAS is very good, the WAS server process get a lot request without problems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Communications Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

WebSphere is an application software that is used within the System to process a lot of data. IBM makes it very easy to use their software and their support is top. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are times when the administrators would like to do something that the software will not handle. I guess we think out of the box to much. There are a few times when we have to update xml files because those files didn't get updated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure you know your client requirements before doing your instation. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

The software was able to handle our way of using buses which was not normal but it works great. We have applications that require multiple servers that must communicate with each other in real time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UR
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Advanced tuning controls and status information from the web console Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Slow Performance when restarting complex applications, complexity, external connection issues after restarting WebSphere Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Using an alternative more light-weight app server like TomCat for smaller JAR or WAR applications, and only using WebSphere for bigger projects. This greatly simplifies the architecture and enables the company to deal with the disadvantages of WebSphere Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AT
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Worked mainly with security flows. Extension of auth flows. It was pretty easy to customize Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Hard to find detailed info and docs, at least in security area. But at the end my team get dedicted person from core team and problem was salved Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

SSO for Amdocs apps. Was required castomiztion of auth chains Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IB
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

we have convinient way to deploy applications including webservice application and it is very fast todeploy them Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

nothing as such , but it is very heavy in resource consumption Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

highly recommed for webservices apps and heavy duty applications Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

deploying web service application Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IC
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

One of the most reliable server compare to other options Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Configurations and settings complexity of the server. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Enterprise-level scaling and load handling. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It is a web application server for hosting web application which is mainly java based. This application server provides message broker functionality . It also allow different configuration for data sources with most of database vendors.

It also very good cluster management features along with logging functionality.

It has a WAS console through which configuration can be done without explicit coding Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Few functionality like trace and trouble shooting is not up to the marks as the logging is not so explicit about errors and warnings. Message engine configuration is difficult and cumbersome process. Sometimes deployment and undeployment do not reflect properly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Overall good for java based and IBM BPM based web applications deployment as well as for message broker functionality Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Deployment of web application built using IBM BPM for banking and insurance firm Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

The full jee server that actually works Unlike jboss. This server was ahead of its time but that was long time ago . It provides holistic approach of providing everything even if you don’t need it Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The best part of it is also it’s worst part . It’s too huge. Developing application with Websphere is painfully slow. It provides everything even if you don’t need it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider Speing Boot if you are not into enterprise jargons. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We still using it for most of our legacy applications that are packaged as EAR. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CMMS Project Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Outstanding cluster management for scaleable high availability solutions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Deployment automation and configuration management could be simplified. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Choose an partner with experience across multiple implementations to expedite your adoption. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CF
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

Ease of use and deployment of the product. Expanding as part of the MFP platforms. The end users have been using the product love that it is easy to consume. There are many different use cases for such a product and the speed to market on the product makes for a great overall solution set. There are plenty of great things about the product but one of my favorite is how easy it is for the development teams and our business accelerators to take a look and jump right in with using the solution. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The product is comparable to other products on the market and does a good job at what it aims to do. The ease of deployment internally and getting internal app dev teams to utilize the product has been easier to work with. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

N/A Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Speed to market, but moreso it's important for our developers to be able to utilize the product in a way that meets with their current use cases for development, there are many different groups that develop internal applications that need to have a solution that implementing integration points to not take many hours. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AG
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Technology Architect
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Software Developer
Computer Software
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Easy to integrate with other applications. Provides different types of web servers and application hosting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A person having little knowledge about IBM Server will find it difficult to get going. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Tousifahmed
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Performance, security and Availability provided to Applications. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

GUI is not much user friendly, more features are available in single console. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Supporting Application. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Systems software specialist
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

passing data into and from mainframe. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Systems Software Specialist
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Hosting CA DMV online applications on WebSphere on ZOS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UB
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It comes with a local server that you can configure to run code on your local machine. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use AWS or any other cloud server provider instead. Docker or Kubernetes is the future of cloud applications Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Middleware Engineering Specialist
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

I like the close adherence to the Java EE standards and support has been excellent. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IB
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

efficiency, scalability, east to be managed and setup. flexibility when moving between different evironments, Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

plan well for all your enterpeisea apps.

try to build one farm that contains all your apps Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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, Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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System Architect
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

APC hangs are not easy to identify or diagnose Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Sr. Technology Consultant
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
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. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Better Troubleshooting options might help adminsitrators. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Head infrastructure
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
What do you like best?

I like the fexability and scale of the product that helps solve some of our cusotmers biggest challanges Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Scaling out has signifigant cost and can lead to use looking at other solutions to solve our cusomters issues as they dont allway shave the budget Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Mostly system conectivity moving data from one location to the other Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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