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Survey Reports Widespread Dissatisfaction with Java EE Application Servers

Vendor Lock-in, Expense and Management Difficulty Cited as Top Reasons to Switch
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO – DEC. 15, 2009 – MuleSoft, the Web Middleware Company, announced today the results of a research report, conducted in collaboration with Computerworld, to provide insight to the current state of the application server market. The study found that 36% of WebLogic and WebSphere users are likely to move to a different primary production application server within two years.  IT and business leaders cited vendor lock-in, high cost, and difficulty of management as the top three reasons they are dissatisfied.
The findings also indicate that while Apache Tomcat eliminates some of the primary issues caused by the legacy Java EE application servers, respondents also cite some barriers to deploying Tomcat in production. As a result, only 31% of Tomcat users have deployed it as their primary production application server.
 “Our survey shows that more than one third of production application server users are looking for alternatives, and may benefit from a lighter-weight alternative,” said Bill Laberis, Editorial Director of Computerworld Custom Solutions Group. “With additional features for management, application deployment and performance diagnostics, Tomcat could become truly enterprise-ready for production deployment, further accelerating the shift towards Tomcat.”
IT administrators, architects and developers overwhelmingly agree on important areas of improvement for Tomcat, including:
  • Server group administration and control (94%)
  • Simplified integration with data sources (94%)
  • Performance monitoring and diagnostics (82%)
  • Application configuration automation (78%)
  • Better integration with developer tools such as Eclipse or Maven (74%)
  • Application deployment and release management (73%)
“The results of this study show clearly that there is a groundswell of demand for an alternative to legacy application servers like WebSphere and WebLogic,” said Greg Schott, CEO of Mulesoft. “While we are already seeing a surge of migration from Java EE to lightweight alternatives such as Tomcat, that trend will only accelerate with new products now in the marketplace that address some of the enterprise functionality gaps in ‘plain-vanilla’ Tomcat.”
Also according to the report, Tomcat is the most widely deployed open source application server, with twice the user penetration of Red Hat JBOSS and four times that of Sun Glassfish.
To download a free copy of the survey, visit http://www.mulesoft.com/tomcat-survey-2009-mulesoft-computerworld.
About MuleSoft
MuleSoft is the Web Middleware Company, providing enterprise-class software, support and services for the world's most popular open source application infrastructure products, Mule ESB and Apache Tomcat. With Mule ESB, Tcat Server and iBeans, MuleSoft brings an ideal combination of simplicity and power to today’s web applications. Its products boast more than 1.5 million downloads and over 2,000 production deployments by leading organizations such as Walmart.com, Nestlé, Honeywell and DHL, as well as 5 of the world’s top 10 banks. MuleSoft is headquartered in San Francisco with offices worldwide.
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