IBM touts middleware benchmark results and claims dominance over the middleware segment.
has moved to establish its dominance in the middleware space, with what the
company claims are new record-breaking benchmark results for
middleware on a single server representing the highest performance in the
information technology industry.
addition, the systems giant is moving to create further distance between itself
and fast-rising rival Oracle in the middleware space.
an interview with eWEEK, Dave Klavon, director of development for IBM's
WebSphere, said IBM set new records for
speed of operation in Java-based software on a Power 780 server and on Power
as validated by independent SPECJ testing group
SPECjEnterprise 2010 is an industry-standard online transaction processing
benchmark that is commonly used to compare the performance of middleware
software for online transaction processing applications.
Klavon said these records demonstrate how businesses using IBM
WebSphere middleware on Power7 hardware can get the lowest cost for performance
in the industry-one-third that of the nearest competitor. Performance is an
important factor for businesses. It speeds applications, reduces the amount of
hardware and results in significant savings in hardware, software and energy
"We're the undisputed leader in middleware, and we have been for eight
years or so," Klavon told eWEEK. "We're continuing to deliver speed,
function and usability."
Specifically, IBM has proved to have 76
percent higher performance than Oracle overall, 72 percent higher performance
than Oracle per core and only one-third the cost for performance per core,
IBM has invested significantly in
ensuring that its products provide the best performance value for our
customers. IBM software and hardware components
used in attaining these results include WebSphere Application Server, DB2 and
Power Systems. The result is that companies have more responsive business
applications and serve their customers more quickly and efficiently, Klavon
said. Clients can save substantially with higher performance due to decreased
investment in hardware and data center space, energy costs, software license
and support costs. That helps explain why IBM
is the market share leader for application infrastructure middleware, Klavon
"We want to make the distance between us and any competitor even
larger," Klavon said. "With Oracle, it's a dog-eat-dog world. They
set this game into motion and came out saying, 'I am IBM.'
But we have such a head start on them because we established the model.
Price/performance is what we're all about."
Indeed, at a January 2010 Oracle event celebrating the company's acquisition
of and plans to integrate Sun Microsystems' assets, then Oracle President
Charles Phillips said Oracle wanted "to be like the IBM
of the '60s."
Yet, IBM claims more than 1,000
businesses have selected IBM middleware over
Oracle in 2010 as part of IBM's DeFUSE
project, citing real business benefits from the superior performance of IBM
middleware. The DeFUSE project is an IBM
effort to get customers to move from or select IBM's
offerings over Oracle's Fusion middleware and related offerings.
For example, with DB2 running as low as one-third the cost of Oracle
Database, more than 700 SAP clients chose
DB2 over Oracle last year, IBM said. And,
demand for DB2 spurred IBM to help more than
2,000 Oracle users gain DB2 skills last year.