BEA WebLogic Server 7

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-05-13 Print this article Print

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WebLogic Servers upfront costs in deployment and training, and its focus on high-end EJB development, make it a major infrastructure commitment. Those on the cutting edge of Java technology will value its market-leading standards support and its clustering and high- availability features.

Cost Analysis

WebLogic Server is a big-ticket purchase, and costs can easily move into the hundreds of thousands of dollars for an application server cluster. Other options may do a good deal of what WebLogic does for significantly less, but its level of industry support and Java standards compliance is unmatched.

+ New development tools make creating J2EE applications easier; new security system provides greater extensibility and manageability, although at the cost of switching to new security APIs; built-in LDAP and UDDI servers.

- Organizations will find it expensive to purchase, create and maintain WebLogic applications; administration tool has little capability for ongoing server performance monitoring.

Evaluation Short List

  • Hewlett-Packard Co.s HP Application Server
  • IBMs WebSphere
  • Oracle Corp.s Oracle9i Application Server
  • Suns iPlanet Application Server
  • Sybase Inc.s Sybase Enterprise Application Server

    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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