December 18, 2012
In this new white paper Prolifics has compared the latest WebSphere Application Server v8.5 and latest JBoss EAP v6 from many different angles and found that over the period of 5 years “free” JBoss is 35% more expensive than IBM product. Particularly Prolifics has found that reliability, performance, ease of use, administrative efficiency, high availability, transactional recovery and security are key WebSphere advantages over JBoss.
Read full article here What is the TCO difference between WebSphere and JBoss?.
September 17, 2012
Back in July I wrote about the new Forrester white paper on the benefits of migrating from Open Source application server to WebSphere. Now you can listen to the Forrester webcast on the same subject on September 28th. In this webcast you can learn details from a new independent report that shows the total economic impact of migrating from an open source solution to IBM WebSphere Application Server — including a 44% ROI producing a net value of over $1 million. The featured speakers in this webcast will be:
John R. Rymer
Forrester, Vice President, Principal Analyst
Forrester, Principal consultant for Forrester’s Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) practice
Mark 12pm EST, Sept 28 on your calendar and dial into the Forrester webcast: The Benefits of Moving from Open Source to WebSphere Application Server Forrester Research Discusses its New Total Economic Impact Study.
June 5, 2012
Last year I wrote a white paper that compares IBM WebSphere Application Server v8.0 and WebLogic Server 11g. Although Oracle has released new version of WLS v12c in late 2011, almost all of the white paper is still quite relevant. In fact this entire blog started out of that work. I have taken some of the chapters from the paper and updated them with newer content and posted as separate blog articles on this site. However there are several sections of the paper that have not been turned into blog posts (at least not yet), so I definitely recommend you go ahead and download the paper and enjoy it over the cup of good coffee or tea . Do not forget to register for the webcast this coming Monday, June 11 where I will compare and contrast new IBM WebSphere v8.5 and new Oracle WebLogic Server 12c from pricing, licensing and technical perspectives.
Here is the link for the free white paper download: “Comparing IBM WebSphere and Oracle WebLogic”.
May 30, 2012
Ziff Davis and IBM are hosting “How to Save Money on Application Infrastructure Software”, a live and interactive webinar that demonstrates how your organization can switch to IBM’s new WebSphere Application Server 8.5 and save money over WebLogic. Application infrastructure is important business. Join this free webinar to learn how this new WebSphere release provides a better solution for your organization:
- Explore the new features and benefits that can be found in the new WAS version 8.5
- Discover exactly why many businesses are making the move from Oracle to IBM
- Find out how many have saved as much as 57% on first-year licensing and support
Featured Speaker: Roman Kharkovski, Executive IT Specialist, IBM.
Date: Monday, June 11, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT
Registration link: Sign me up!
February 21, 2012
I recently worked with an Oracle customer in Northern Europe helping them to replace WebLogic with WebSphere. You might ask why would a Fortune 500 company with significant existing investment of time, skills and money would decide to move off WebLogic? In this and many other cases high cost of WebLogic support and new license cost was such a powerful motivator that CIO decided to uproot their established environment and move it off WebLogic. Indeed, this has become a common pattern among former BEA and current Oracle customers. Since Oracle acquired BEA in 2008 there were a number of changes that WebLogic customers had to deal with. Most of these changes had to do with the way Oracle decided to price and license WebLogic Server and other BEA software. One example of such change is the Oracle license policy for VMware and other hypervisors. This article describes the licensing and pricing changes Oracle introduced to ex-BEA customers.
Read full article here: How to cut your WebLogic license and maintenance costs in half?.
January 31, 2012
If you ask average IT professional: “Which is more expensive – WebSphere Application Server or JBoss?” nine times out of ten you get the wrong answer: “WebSphere”. In this article I would like to compare the costs of WAS and JBoss and surprise those nine people. My cost comparison is based on publicly available information and can be easily reproduced by anyone who is willing to look at the facts.
Read full article here: Which is more expensive – JBoss or WebSphere?.
December 16, 2011
Part of the reason for industry standards to exist is to avoid vendor lock-in. Such was the premise of J2EE – mostly fulfilled. But what about migrating BPM, ESB, DBMS from one vendor to another? Are there automated tools to do this? Technical migration is only part of the issue and often not the hardest one to overcome. Skills, culture, experience, risk, even politics play significant role. Did I mention financial side? Luckily this last one is often easy to solve as IBM has very competitive pricing compared to Oracle. On the other hand if you are an Open Source user and like to get your software free of charge with optional paid support, you still may consider IBM software. In the context of a bigger picture, the cost of license and support over the life time of the project is not as significant as one might think. So why not pick up the best tools you can find? I know how I do my shopping for tools. I have completed a number of home renovation projects and when I go to Lowes or Home Depot, I know the difference between the low-end and professional tools. I have never done a home renovation project for a fee, but still I am willing to pay the premium for professional tools since I am using them a lot – not just once a year. To me the ROI of those investments is big and easily noticeable (especially when I am in the middle of the project and the “cheap” tool breaks).
Read full article here: How hard it really is to migrate JEE, DBMS, BPM and ESB applications between vendor runtimes?.
November 23, 2011
Managing application servers manually may work on a small scale. With increasing number of servers and number of applications it takes more and more effort to keep the systems up and running. In this article I am comparing IBM and Oracle approach to solve this problem.
Read the full article here: How does WebSphere intelligent management and virtualization compare to WebLogic?.
November 16, 2011
IBM has collected a number of facts about potential savings that customers could experiences if they switch from Oracle Fusion Middleware to IBM WebSphere. This mini-website has a collection of documents on this subject.
Parallel to this theme – here is another interesting site with the wealth of info and free services for Oracle customers to help them reduce their license and support costs. This site is from an independent IT consulting company and is not sponsored by IBM.