Question: What are
alternatives to Oracle WebLogic and which should I consider?
Answer: Oracle acquired BEA
WebLogic in 2008 because it its' position as the market
leader is application server technologies. Since then,
Oracle WebLogic has been the flagship Oracle Application
Server. While there are dozens of small-time
competitors to WebLogic (ranging from open-source solutions
such as Tomcat (a.k.a. Tomcat/Apache), the super-high cost
solutions such as IBM WebSphere).
From a cost-savings perspective, Tomcat is the only real
alternative to WebLogic, but there are several important
- Build vs. Buy: This is the
basic problem in buying a pre-established web server and
application server (WebLogic) vs. using an open source
solution such as Tomcat/Apache.
- Personnel skills: Using any
open source product requires specialized UNIX skills,
and normally experienced UNIX system administrators and
personnel with degrees in Software Engineering or
Computer Science are required to install, configure and
deploy open source solutions.
There are several compelling reasons to stay with Oracle
- Oracle WebLogic is the most robust solution:
WebLogic has a sophisticated and flexible
interface that allows even the most demanding
application server to work seamlessly.
- Oracle database is tightly coupled into
WebLogic: Oracle WebLogic is a key
component of the Oracle application stack. There
is a benefit to having a single vendor for the entire
application, from the OS to the database to the app
- Oracle WebLogic can be fully automated:
Martin Heinzl has published three books on
automating WebLogic for Oracle.
- WebLogic alternatives require software
engineering skills: Many of the open
source or partially open source solutions require an
expensive a staff of administrators with degrees in
In sum, Oracle WebLogic is the most functional
choice for Oracle application server, and replicating the
functionality of WebLogic with an open-source tools such as
Apache/Tomcat requires prohibitively expensive human
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