February 6, 2013
It has been quite some time since I wrote about the SPECj battles between IBM and Oracle. Today I would like to discuss the rare case of an “apples to apples” comparison between IBM and Oracle on almost identical hardware. It is not often that we get to see results published by different vendors on the identical processor types on servers with very similar configurations. Such rare comparison point became possible thanks to IBM publishing a result in late 2012.
Read full article here: SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark – IBM beats Oracle on performance and cost.
October 13, 2012
Last week I attended Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, CA. One thing that struck me was the number of claims about imaginary records broken by Oracle – starting with the Larry’s keynote on Sunday and continuing every day on technical tracks. Here are few things that were announced by Oracle in the past week:
- New version of the Exadata machine X3-2 (shipment date is unknown)
- New version of the Exalogic machine X3-2 (shipment date is unknown)
- Oracle Database and Java public and private cloud services (available now)
- Oracle Database 12c pre-announcement (to be shipped “sometime in 2013”)
Read analysis of these Oracle announcements in the full blog post here: What is the difference between Oracle OpenWorld 2012 and Olympics?.
October 8, 2012
This webcast was recorded on November 7, 2012.
Back in June I hosted a webcast titled “Save money with IBM WebSphere over Oracle WebLogic”. Since that time, IBM has published new SPECjEnterprise2010 world-record EjOPS/core result, shipped new version of WAS 8.5, shipped production version of the IBM PureApplication System, shipped new version of WebSphere eXtreme Scale and most importantly, migrated a whole bunch of customers from WebLogic to WebSphere. As a matter of fact, back in July, Branham Group published a new white paper describing experience of several companies that moved from Oracle middleware to IBM.
Given all these recent events, I decided to refresh the webcast that was done back in June. The topics I will cover in the webcast include product mapping of IBM and Oracle, pricing and licensing for virtualized and native environments, product packaging, Gartner report on middleware market share comparison of IBM and Oracle, customer examples of migrations from WebLogic to WebSphere, IBM migration toolkit, new WAS v8.5 capabilities and technical advantages over WebLogic Server 12c, performance comparison of WAS and WLS, including SPECjEnterprise2010 results.
You are invited to join me and learn about 13 reasons why so many companies are migrating from WebLogic Server to WebSphere Application server. Here is the webcast registration link.
March 30, 2012
This week, Oracle claimed x86 “world-record” performance with the Sun Fire X4800 M2 on industry standard Java middleware and transactional database benchmarks. Oracle compares their brand new result with an IBM result from over a year ago.
Elisabeth Stahl writes her thoughts on the new Oracle benchmark results in her blog: http://benchmarkingblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/is-oracle-fleecing-you.
Oracle conveniently forgets to include cost of the database in their configuration. If you do include the Oracle database cost, then you get back to similar numbers I have discussed in my earlier benchmark posts: SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark questions answered and Which is faster – WebSphere or WebLogic?
January 13, 2012
Jerry Cuomo is IBM Fellow and WebSphere CTO. In the past few years he posted his thoughts on technology trends for the year and described how they were going to be implemented in WebSphere products by IBM. This year, as always, is very exciting – perhaps more so than any other year in the past (isn’t it always the case?).
Here are his Top 10 Trends for 2012 (= top 2012 WebSphere trends):
- Mobile for Enterprises
- PaaS Plus
- Cloud Benchmarks
- 20/20 Analytics
- Workload Integrated Systems
- Internet Scale Computing
- Business API Management
- Social Business
Please read full article in Jerry’s “Trends for 2012″ blog post.
November 18, 2011
Today I posted a detailed article on SmarterQuestions blog comparing the performance of WebSphere Application Server and Oracle WebLogic Server: Which is faster – WebSphere or WebLogic?.