Evaluating Whether Open Source Application Server Software is Right for Your Company

An IBM Redguide publication

Published 03 August 2010

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IBM Form #: REDP-4619-00
(24 pages)

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Authors: Ron Staerker


This IBM® Redguide™ publication provides a framework for evaluating whether open source application server software is appropriate for your company. It begins with an overview of the philosophy and methodology inherent in open source software development, and highlights the potential benefits and pitfalls of incorporating this model in your organization. The IBM WebSphere® Application Server offerings, which range from an open source version to top of the line commercial solutions, are described and compared. Finally, some guidelines are provided to help you match your business requirements to the most appropriate and valuable technology.

Table of contents

Executive overview
Introduction to open source software
WebSphere Application Servers (Community and commercial versions)
Comparing the IBM WebSphere Application Server family to open source solutions
Reach customers in new ways with application innovation
Reduce costs with efficient management
Summarizing the benefits of WebSphere
Questions and considerations to explore OSS usage

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