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Which app server for Solaris?

By fishbert ·
We are looking at WebSphere, WebLogic, and iPlanet. Here is our thinking:

WebLogic is the current market leader and probably has the most established product, and they are an independent vendor.

iPlanet is based on some combination of Netscape, Kiva, and other technology which has had to be integrated - we are nervous about how well that has been done. iPlanet is expected to run very well on Solaris, as Sun has a proprietary interest.

WebSphere was our first choice, but the first media for 3.5 would not even install cleanly, and ultimately we were told by IBM that it did not support Solaris 2.8 yet. Some of the experts in the industry predict that WebSphere will be the market leader by 2001, but IBM appears to have proprietary issues, judging by our first experience with WebSphere on Solaris.

We have some patience, and want the best long-term solution. If one of these might be the best a year from now, we can accept that.

I am wondering if anyone has any feedback about their actual experiences (or annecdotal information from trusted sources) with any of these 3 products running on Solaris 2.6 or higher? If so, please respond. Thanks.

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We Chose WebLogic

by fishbert In reply to Which app server for Sola ...

We have decided to go with WebLogic. In trying to get WebSphere running, we took one of our Sun boxes and installed Solaris 2.7, but WebSphere would not come up, giving some arcane error message. IBM was no help - we waited for several weeks. Good-bye!

We also had iPlanet problems - deploying EJBs through their GUI didn't work, etc. Seemed like substandard quality, and Sun was of little help.

The final evidence is anecdotal. Our developers have asked friends and acquaintances in the business, and a large majority are using WebLogic and say it is good. At a monthly Sun User Group meeting here in the Boston area (hundreds of people), when a show of hands was requested regarding app servers in use, there was 1 for WebSphere, a handfulfor iPlanet, and virtually the whole room for WebLogic.

As they say after an election (hopefully, someday): all the votes are in, and we have a winner. WebLogic is not perfect, but we think it - and BEA - is less flawed than the others we looked at.

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