January 8, 2013
“So, while it took us a year to do the development on Oracle Fusion, we were up and running both development and a production service on the DataPower appliance within four months, shockingly fast.” – Paul Lewis, Vice President of Technology, Architecture and Security, D+H.
Davis + Henderson Corporation (D+H) has been a trusted partner to the financial services industry for over 130 years. Today, D+H offers a broad range of technology and technology-based solutions to financial institutions across North America, including commercial and mortgage lending technology, student lending services, collateral registration and recovery services, and payments solutions. Headquartered in Toronto, D+H employs approximately 4,500 people.
In 2010 and 2011 D+H was trying to build a new SOA platform using Oracle Fusion Middleware and Sun GlassFish, but it proved to be exceedingly difficult and after performing several POCs, D+H decided to switch to IBM WebSphere Application Server, IBM DataPower appliances and the IBM DB2 database.
In addition to reducing their costs, D+H has seen 20 to 40 percent performance increases and can now deploy new workloads in hours versus the five days required in the past.
Read complete case study:
“D+H consolidates its IT environment for improved growth and efficiency”.
July 12, 2012
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In this post, I compare IBM PureApplication System to Oracle Exalogic. Trying to compare IBM PureApplication System to Oracle Exalogic is like comparing latest generation digital SLR camera to the film camera. They both serve similar purpose, and in the end – you “might” be able to get similar results, but with huge differences in cost per picture, convenience, level of skills, and amount of time involved.
Read full article: Oracle Exalogic – the emperor has no clothes! part 2.
March 9, 2012
Just a little over a year ago Oracle manufactured the first official Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2 box. There is a lot of hype around Exalogic and in this post I will try to separate that hype from reality and answer the questions about Oracle Exalogic.
- What exactly is Oracle Exalogic?
- Is Oracle Exalogic a true appliance?
- How is Exalogic different from any other x86 server hardware sold by HP, Dell, IBM and others?
- Exalogic is a lot of hardware – can it be virtualized?
- Exalogic is called “Elastic Cloud” by Oracle. What makes it cloud enabled?
- Is Oracle really first to market with the hardware and software engineered system?
- How many customers are using Exalogic today in production?
- How can Oracle claim 2-3X improvement in performance with Exalogic over traditional hardware?
- Is it true that Oracle Exalogic is “Open and Standards Based”, while IBM’s 795 server is proprietary?
- What kind of a solution would you recommend to customers who want to adopt cloud technology today?
- Summary – comparison of IBM System z, Power7 System and Oracle Exalogic
Read full article here: Oracle Exalogic – the emperor has no clothes!.
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 30, 2011
The task of deploying a software stack as a VM image onto a virtualized server has historically been a highly labor-intensive task. For instance, one has to first deploy and configure the OS along with all requisite patches. After that, the administrator has to install and configure the application server and all its constituent components (e.g. HTTP server, etc.) as well as patches and other fixes. For applications requiring a database, that becomes yet another piece of middleware that needs to be installed and configured. Then there is the application itself. Collectively, deploying and testing a complete application manually can require days or weeks to accomplish depending upon its overall complexity. In a private cloud environment, this kind of turnaround is untenable. The IBM Workload Deployer is specifically designed to address this problem. To the right is a screenshot of the pattern designer for IWD.
Following the IBM lead, Oracle is now starting to move in a similar direction. In June 2010 Oracle announced the Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder. This product provides provisioning of the virtual appliances into the Oracle VM environment. Other than overall lack of product maturity, there are number of significant limitations with the current version of the Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder product. Read full comparison in this blog entry: Comparison of two private cloud tools from IBM and Oracle.
When Oracle ships new version of the OVAB product, I will update my comparison, but for now this is the best I can do given current versions of both products.