: Oracle9i Application Server Release 2 Enterprise Edition"> Executive Summary: Oracle9i Application Server Release 2 Enterprise Edition
Oracles application server will appeal to those developing custom portals with business intelligence or wireless components or those writing internal integration systems, as the product includes pre-integrated packages that address these areas. It also is one way to get Oracles database-based file system, IFS. Compared with competitors, its load balancing offers fewer options when deploying more complex clusters.
Oracle pricing is in the market midrange$10,000 per CPU for just the application server components or $20,000 per CPU for application server plus caching, data integration, data analysis, click stream analysis, reporting, forms and LDAP directory. (+) Provides a large set of add-ons missing from rival systems (or provided at extra cost); flexible, full-featured Web cache; click stream analysis provides detailed site usage reports; new XML and packaged application integration features. (-) Offers only round-robin load balancing; single-sign-on features dont work with IFS component; EJB clustering doesnt scale up well as the number of machines in the cluster increases; doesnt support warm or hot database failover. EVALUATION SHORT LIST
BEAs WebLogic IBMs WebSphere Suns Sun Open Net Environment Application Server www.oracle.com/ip/deploy/ias