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Which application server for Solaris?

By fishbert ·
We are running Solaris 2.8 (initially on Sun 450s) and considering WebLogic Server, WebSphere, and iPlanet. We had originally selected WebSphere, but we have found that it may not be a good match with Solaris. WebLogic is the market leader, while iPlanet is a conglomeration of Netscape, Kiva, etc. that we are still skeptical about.

If you have any experiences with these 3 application servers on Solaris, we would appreciate your opinions: How do they install? How easy/difficult is configuration and tuning? Is the app server stable on Solaris? How's the throughput and performance?

We are reevaluating these products, and I will be happy to post what we discover, within a month.

Thanks in advance.

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by insatiable In reply to Which application server ...

I run Netscape on Solaris 2.6 and I highly recommend it. I'm the sysadmin and while I do some html, the majority of my time is spent managing the servers with perl, backups, patches, that kinda stuff.
I've seen others post problems, but the only problems I've ever experienced was when writing new ACLs and not quite getting them right, etc. Never a problem tweaking the performance of Netscape or having it crash.
I'm planning on upgrading to the iPlanet during this month but I'm not anticipating any problems because the people I know that have already done it, haven't had any.
Hope that helps, a little!!
Good Luck!!

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by fishbert In reply to Which application server ...

This response is appreciated, but NAS is different from iPlanet. We have found multiple problems with iPlanet, especially in trying to deploy EJBs, and have decided on WebLogic Server.

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by ryttinch In reply to Which application server ...

While I have not used WebLogic or WebSphere, I have used NAS 4.x. I understand that IPlanet App Server 6.x is much better. The setup of this server was somewhat easy, but if you are planning on clustering servers, I would recommend attending NAS Bootcamp as it can be quite difficult (with 4.x you have to hack the registry...yes registry in unix for NAS 4.x).

Once we got it up, it seemed to be rock solid. If one of the servers went down, all others in the cluster immediately picked up where it left off. The troughput was tremendous. We never maxed what the capabilities seemed to be able to handle. In fact our poorly tuned Oracle Database was our bottleneck...go figure :-)..

Good luck with your evaluation.

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by fishbert In reply to Which application server ...

This response is appreciated, but NAS is different from iPlanet. We have found multiple problems with iPlanet, especially in trying to deploy EJBs, and have decided on WebLogic Server. Plus, Sun has not been any help, but BEA has - at least a little. It's too bad vendors don't seem to care much about service.

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