What’s an application server?
There are a few options to run web applications in Java.
Most commonly used application servers
See below the list of application servers from the java survey results:
- Apache Tomcat – an open-source web server that powers numerous large-scale, mission-critical web applications across a diverse range of industries and organizations
- Jetty – a Java HTTP (Web) server and Java Servlet container and can be easily embedded in devices, tools, frameworks, application servers, and clusters
- Wildfly – formerly known as JBoss AS, or simply JBoss, is a flexible and lightweight open-source application server authored by JBoss, now developed by Red Hat
- Oracle Weblogic Server – a Java EE application server currently developed by Oracle Corporation
- Glassfish – the reference implementation of Java EE and an open-source application server project started by Sun Microsystems for the Java EE platform and now sponsored by Oracle Corporation
- IBM WebSphere Application Server – offers a fast, flexible and secure Java application server runtime environment
- TomEE – an all-Apache Java EE 6 Web Profile certified stack where Apache Tomcat is top dog
- Undertow – a flexible performant fully embeddable web server written in java, providing both blocking and non-blocking API’s based on NIO. It’s sponsored by JBoss and is the default web server in the Wildfly Application Server
- Oracle Application Server – Oracle Internet Application Server provides a single integrated packaged solution of for middleware infrastructure including Oracle Containers for J2EE, Oracle Web Cache, Oracle HTTP Server, Oracle Forms, Oracle Reports, Oracle Portal and Oracle Discoverer
- Vert.x-Web – a toolkit for writing sophisticated modern web applications and HTTP microservices with Vert.x
- JOnAS – an open-source implementation of the Java EE application server specification, developed and hosted by the ObjectWeb consortium
- Apache2 – the world’s most used web server software
- GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) – a distributed in-memory data-grid suited for high performance and low-latency transaction processing as well as real-time analytics use cases.
- Pivotal tc Server – provides enterprise users with a lightweight Java application server that extends Apache Tomcat for use in large-scale mission-critical environments