Oracle Forms Architecture using Websphere AS

My company wish to migrate to the latest version of Oracle forms (currently 10.1.2 (10gr2) ) from v5 and v6. I understand that the first step is to migrate v5 to v6, then we can move from v6 to v10.
My question is actually regarding the forms architecture we are looking to implement. We are to purchase new WinTel servers (IBM x3550 rack servers) and my senior manager is "directing" me towards using Websphere as the application server. What experience do people have of running Forms with Websphere (as opposed to Oracle Application Server or Apache/Tomcat/mod-jk)? How easy (or not) is the configuration of forms to work with Websphere? Are there any "gotchas" to be aware of?

Hi,
I don't know nothing about Websphere, but I did the same thing for BEA WebLogic Server a while ago, that is install and run Forms without using OAS.
It took me about one month to get it running, with most of the time spent on figuring out how BEA WebLogic (or any J2EE compliant server) works, how forms server works and what to put where. And to figure out, which parts (i.e .jar-files) are needed by the applet and which ones by the servlets, since oracle installs them all into the same directory (forms\java).
Things to look out for or be aware of:
- you still must install Oracle Application Server Forms + Reports Services (you just don't run the server tools or daemons then, and even can delete them from your disk)
- you still need a licence for OAS!
- some addons like SingeSignOn or Load Balancing may not work , or at least be more difficult to integrate
hope that helps
Volker

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