June 29, 2012
Progress Software recently announced that they are divesting from a number of their products, including Savvion BPM, SonicMQ, Sonic ESB, Fusesource BPM and messaging middleware. But no worries! IBM is to the rescue with its new “Safe Passage Program” where we help you craft a phased implementation migration strategy from those soon to be dead products to IBM middleware.
To learn more, join this webcast with John Donaldson, IBM World Wide Competitive Sales Leader: “Competitive Migrations for IBM Safe Passage: A Migration Plan for Progress Customers”.
June 28, 2012
IBM has shipped GA version of the WAS 8.5 this week. Walt Noffsinger is WAS product manager and he describes main new capabilities of this release in his post on WebSphereUserGroup.org blog. I have previously covered key features of this new WAS 8.5 release in my WAS vs. WLS webcast two weeks ago: here is the replay. My favorite new features are listed below – in the order of priority. This is not a complete list of new features, just my top 10 list:
- Dramatically faster performance compared to WAS v8.0 and especially compared to other competitors
- New Liberty profile that is 50MB small and is so resource efficient that it can run on $35 Raspberry Pi credit card sized computer (www.raspberrypi.org).
- Dynamic clustering (from former WVE)
- On Demand Router with all of its SLA management, throttling and smart routing capabilities (from former WVE)
- Application edition management (from former WVE)
- Health management (from former WVE)
- Improved Web 2.0 and Mobile Feature pack
- Improved OSGi support
- Improved batch capability (from former WVE)
- Pluggable JDK
- Did I mention Liberty profile?
There are many other improvements in this new release. I have been with IBM since 1999 and with WebSphere brand since the beginning and this release 8.5 is surely one of the major milestones for the product, if not THE biggest step forward so far.
June 13, 2012
On June 9th I hosted a webcast titled “Save money with IBM WebSphere over Oracle WebLogic”. You can watch the recording of the webcast here.
The topics I covered in the webcast included the following:
- Product mapping of IBM and Oracle for application infrastructure
- Product pricing and licensing for virtualized and native environments
- Comparison of support offerings, including cost, fixes, discounts
- Product packaging, terms and conditions
- Gartner report on middleware market share comparison of IBM and Oracle
- Customer examples of migrations from WebLogic to WebSphere
- Migration toolkit
- New WAS v8.5 capabilities and technical advantages over WebLogic Server 12c (half of the webcast content)
- Performance comparison of WAS and WLS, including SPECjEnterprise2010 results
- Mobile middleware capabilities of IBM and Oracle
- Comparison of IBM PureApplication System and Oracle Exalogic
If you would like to get a copy of the charts, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the file. Please clearly state your name, employer and the reason you are interested in the presentation.
June 5, 2012
Last year I wrote a white paper that compares IBM WebSphere Application Server v8.0 and WebLogic Server 11g. Although Oracle has released new version of WLS v12c in late 2011, almost all of the white paper is still quite relevant. In fact this entire blog started out of that work. I have taken some of the chapters from the paper and updated them with newer content and posted as separate blog articles on this site. However there are several sections of the paper that have not been turned into blog posts (at least not yet), so I definitely recommend you go ahead and download the paper and enjoy it over the cup of good coffee or tea :-). Do not forget to register for the webcast this coming Monday, June 11 where I will compare and contrast new IBM WebSphere v8.5 and new Oracle WebLogic Server 12c from pricing, licensing and technical perspectives.
Here is the link for the free white paper download: “Comparing IBM WebSphere and Oracle WebLogic”.