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?.
July 18, 2012
Branham Group has published results of their study of companies who evaluated side by side and in some cases moved their existing workloads from Oracle Fusion middleware to IBM WebSphere.The paper describes what was learned about, the reasons these organizations chose IBM, their overall real-world experiences to-date at this stage in their development and deployment cycle, and the correlation between their expectations and their actual experiences based on their selection criteria. The study features four organizations:
- TBC Corporation, a multinational wholesaler and retailer of aftermarket automotive parts and services;
- Huntington Bank, a large regional full-service consumer and commercial bank;
- Bauer Media Group, a multinational magazine publishing company; and
- a large logistics information service provider that has chosen to remain anonymous.
Each of these organizations has shared their ‘lessons learned’ for the benefit of other peer organizations and executives facing similar important IT decisions. The report provides company-specific findings from the individual case studies followed by an integrated discussion of benefits and TCO insights in the context of these real-world examples.
Download this free report directly from the IBM website.
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.
July 3, 2012
Not every performance problem can be fixed with caching, but assuming you have done your due diligence and your application is already tuned and well designed, adding caching can dramatically improve response times and reduce the load on backend systems.
Next time you have performance and scalability issues with your application, consider the possibility of using caching (using IBM WXS or Oracle Coherence). Also consider the flexibility of the software caching vs. the ease of use and simplicity of the cache appliance. There is no one answer to every problem, but with IBM you have a choice. With Oracle you do not.
Read my full article comparing IBM and Oracle caching products: Data grids and caching – IBM or Oracle?
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”.
May 30, 2012
Ziff Davis and IBM are hosting “How to Save Money on Application Infrastructure Software”, a live and interactive webinar that demonstrates how your organization can switch to IBM’s new WebSphere Application Server 8.5 and save money over WebLogic. Application infrastructure is important business. Join this free webinar to learn how this new WebSphere release provides a better solution for your organization:
- Explore the new features and benefits that can be found in the new WAS version 8.5
- Discover exactly why many businesses are making the move from Oracle to IBM
- Find out how many have saved as much as 57% on first-year licensing and support
Featured Speaker: Roman Kharkovski, Executive IT Specialist, IBM.
Date: Monday, June 11, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT
Registration link: Sign me up!
May 9, 2012
Oracle says IBM is behind in system integration, clearly attempting to obscure the fundamental gap between IBM PureSystems and Oracle’s Exa series. Read detailed post here: PureApplication delivers expertise. Exalogic requires it…
Last week at Impact IBM’s Jerry Cuomo delivered a compelling overview of the differences between new IBM PureApplication System and Oracle Exalogic. Watch the recording of the session:
May 7, 2012
Last week in Las Vegas at the IBM IMPACT 2012 conference Stuart Smith and I delivered a session titled “WAS vs. WebLogic, JBoss and Tomcat: An IBM Perspective“. In this 75 min session we discussed key factors to consider when making a decision on which application server to use, such as cost of licenses and support, performance, availability and usability lab tests, administrative and development tools, and real world customer experiences. We discussed factors that contribute to TCO such as development and operating costs, and application performance and reliability. We discussed how new capabilities of WAS v8.5 enhance its competitive position.
If you are interested in this presentation, please send me email to email@example.com and I will send you the PDF or PPT file (the session was not recorded). Please clearly state your name, employer and the reason you are interested in the presentation.