It is interesting that you say "IBM's WebSphere, etc. is amongst the poorer choises..." because my company is currently using iPlanet's Application Server, but is switching, after long debate and evaluation, to IBM's WebSphere.
This really scares me now, as we have had enough problems with iAS, and I was hoping WS would be better, especially with all the evaluation they did.
Unfortunately, I don't get a say in the evaluation or decision, I just get to make it work...
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