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WebSphere outpaces WebLogic on Power and Intel


Power - Speedometer to the Max

IBM’s WebSphere Application Server on Power8 leaves Oracle’s equivalent offerings standing when it comes to speed, according to new figures.

In the latest SPEC benchmarking tests, WebSphere Application Server running on a 24-core Power S824 beat WebLogic 12.1.3 Server running on a 32-core Oracle SPARC T5-2 by 76% per core.

I.T.’s big beasts are always keen to knock lumps out of each other with such numbers. Claim and counter-claim can be made as to whether laboratory exercises like these compare like for like, for example. But what is interesting is the way in which Big Blue is spinning this latest set of stats from the non-profit Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC).

Solutions like WebSphere Application Server (WAS) rely heavily on Java EE. IBM says that speedy Java-centric processing helps developers to deliver new analytics, big data and mobile applications for hybrid cloud environments. Processing speeds are important, it says, because data must flow seamlessly across an enterprise to meet the demands of new digital workloads.

While WAS on Power Systems completely outpaced WebLogic on Oracle hardware in the latest SPEC benchmarks, it didn’t do too badly on Intel gear either.

WebSphere Application Server running on dual Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3 demonstrated 31% better performance on per core basis when compared to latest 18800.76 SPECjEnterprise20101 EjOPS result from Oracle using WebLogic 12.1.3 Server running on Oracle Server X5-2, also equipped with dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors.

IBM Chief Technical Strategist Elisabeth Stahl says: “In a real world, full system benchmark, IBM WebSphere Application Server outperformed Oracle on per core, per processor and per system comparisons. Performance is a cornerstone of any application platform and this benchmark record demonstrates IBM’s investment in its middleware platform to deliver the client experience needed for digital workloads.”

IBM also points out that the latest SPEC figures reveal that with its z13 mainframe and SDK Java8, users may see up to 50% throughput improvement per core on select Java-based apps.

You can see the complete benchmark results on the SPEC website here.

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