Java EE/J2EE Web Hosting: Whats your view as an Application Deployer?
By Shreedhar Ganapathy on Oct 10, 2006
In an earlier blog, I sent out a questionnaire to Hosting Providers to get their view about Java web hosting.
Although the blog did not get any direct comment responses, our engagement with the industry players is beginning to get us some of the responses.
In this blog, the focus is on user experience of customers of web hosting firms.
Given that the basic Java Web Hosting environments currently are shared hosting offerings, it would interesting to hear experiences of what works(ease of use) and what doesn't (pain points) with Java EE/J2EE based application server hosting providers.
Some questions come to mind:
For the application deployer:
- Are full fledged J2EE hosting solutions (not just a web container) available at a reasonable cost?
- How far do you get control over the app server instance?
- How do you administer your applications ? Do hosting providers give you dedicated access to the administration consoles ?
- How do you administer/configure your instance? What level of control do hosting providers offer?
- If instance is shared, what level of freedom do you have when you deploy your app or configure some resource and the instance needs to be restarted?
- What control do you have over the instance crashing due to someone else's app bringing it down?
- Do Hosting Providers offer any monitoring infrastructure to allow you to monitor your apps/instance?
- Do web hosters offer dedicated application server instances for a reasonable price?
- What application server is typically offered to you when you choose a J2EE / JavaEE web hoster?