Software comparisons mainly focus on acquisition costs, but it's worth looking down the road at the long-term administration costs. As the size and complexity of a deployment and the supporting organisation grows, much of the costs shift from product acquisition to administration and operational activities.
This IBM comparison of IBM WebSphere Application Server v7 and Oracle WebLogic 11g takes the long-term costs into account, looking into the capabilities of each product in areas including:
- Administrative and management tools
- Virtualisation and cloud support