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The move from big legacy Java EE application servers such as IBM WebSphere and Oracle WebLogic to Apache Tomcat is accelerating, according to a recent Tomcat survey that MuleSoft drove in collaboration with Computerworld.

This shift is not that surprising if you think about the following benefits of moving to Apache Tomcat:

  • Dramatic reduction in capital and operational expenses
  • Increased productivity for staff as they are now managing a simpler, lightweight application server vs. a behemoth
  • Reduced friction between development and production as the target runtime remains the same between development and production
  • Fewer downtimes caused by untested technology in Java EE app servers that you may not even need
  • Reduced load on servers and resources, resulting in less space and power consumption in the data center.
  • Wider availability of IT talent to recruit that knows Apache Tomcat vs. a legacy Java EE app server
  • Reduce chance for development to use “resume building” technologies even when not needed
  • Faster start/stop/restart times
  • Strength in numbers – millions of users already using Tomcat
  • No vendor lock-in

According to the research report, 36% of WebLogic and WebSphere users are likely to move away from their legacy application servers. That’s a very high percentage when you consider how long application servers have been on the market.

Furthermore, of the people who are considering migrating away from WLS and WAS, almost half are frustrated with vendor lock-in, and over a third consider their app server to be too expensive for the value they are receiving.

Overwhelmingly, people using Apache Tomcat responded that they were looking for specific improvements in Tomcat:

  • Server administration (84%)
  • Performance monitoring and diagnostics (84%)
  • Application configuration automation (82%)
  • Better integration with development tools (78%)
  • Application deployment and release management (73%)
  • Professional support (73%)

Tcat Server R2 includes all of these features and is the ideal solution for people who want to move away from their legacy application server but are looking for enterprise support and features not currently available in “plain vanilla” Apache Tomcat. Download Tcat Server and take it for a test drive today!

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Where do we go from here? With the increased adoption of virtualization in the data center, increased focus on energy consumption, and with the opportunities to further reduce costs by using cloud infrastructure, IT organizations are looking to reduce the weight and run time of their workloads. Therefore, it seems logical that this will lead to further adoption of Apache Tomcat in the data center.

Do you agree? What is your experience, and what direction are you taking?