Wednesday, December 19, 2012

TCO Analysis: IBM WebSphere® Application Server V8.5 vs. JBoss® Enterprise Application Platform V6

With an array of products in the JEE Application Server markets, Prolifics set out to compare IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment (WAS ND) version 8.5 and the Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) version 6. During this extensive analysis, Prolifics compared features and total cost of ownership (TCO), including tests that covered a wide variety of conditions and factors and using the same hardware, OS and patch levels and vendor agnostic applications to ensure that no vendor had an unfair advantage.

In this study, Prolifics found that in most environments, while acquisition costs for JBoss EAP are lower, IBM WAS ND provides lower overall TCO due to its advantages in stability, high availability, manageability, documentation and performance. In fact, over the period of 5 years, “free” JBoss is 35% more expensive than WAS ND.

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