If you take away the web-isms of iAS (portal, apache, forms server, reports server, cache, etc) , what's the real difference between it and Oracle's database software?
For example, we want to use a piece of software to act as a middle tier. However, we want to have the middle-tier just serve EJB's and run the applications. We don't need the web stuff. We're not going to use the Cache product.
We have trialed the iAS software and it just looks like an 8.1.7 database. Why would I choose to use iAS over just using 8.1.7?