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Benchmarks can mean whatever you want them to mean, it has always seemed. Although useful as a rough guide to performance, and sometimes price/performance, technology companies are famous for interpreting complex benchmark results as victories over their competition and them employing visual aids such as planes, snails, and automobiles to demonstrate their point. The latest benchmark brouhaha may be over the newly developed SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark from SPEC (the Warrenton, VA-based Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.) This benchmark is the latest in the "Java Client/Server" category, and replaces SPECjAppServer 2002, which has now been retired. It "is designed to measure the performance of J2EE 1.3 application servers, (and) includes an enhanced workload by adding a web tier, JMS, and other changes to SPECjAppServer2002," according to SPEC. And it has lent ... (more)

WebSphere vs WebLogic: IBM and BEA Spar Over SPEC Results

Benchmarks can mean whatever you want them to mean, it has always seemed. Although useful as a rough guide to performance, and sometimes price/performance, technology companies are famous for interpreting complex benchmark results as victories over their competition and them employing visual aids such as planes, snails, and automobiles to demonstrate their point. The latest benchmark brouhaha may be over the newly developed SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark from SPEC (the Warrenton, VA-based Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.) This benchmark  is the latest in the "Java Client/Server" category, and replaces SPECjAppServer 2002, which has now been retired. It "is designed to measure the performance of J2EE 1.3 application servers, (and) includes an enhanced workload by adding a web tier, JMS, and other changes to SPECjAppServer2002," according to SPEC. And it has lent i... (more)

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to WebLogic 9

WebLogic Server 9.0 is the most significant BEA Java application server release to date. Fully compliant with J2EE 1.4, this release tackles head-on the biggest challenge facing enterprise networks today: reducing overall cost of management and operations while delivering high reliability, continuous uptime, scalability, and mission-critical integration solutions. Since WebLogic 9.0's released, numerous people have said "Give me three reasons to upgrade to WebLogic 9.0." Because WebLogic 9.0 is so feature-rich and performance-driven, we can easily come up with 10 major reasons. Reason 10: Enhanced Web Services and SOA Architecture Now SOA Comes to its Prime Time WebLogic 9.0 delivers a consolidated and fully integrated Web services stack. BEA has pioneered some of the significant technologies in the Web services field, such as annotations-based Web services programmin... (more)

BEA Achieves Server-Side Java Benchmark Success With JRockit

"JRockit has proven to be the world's fastest Java Virtual Machine for server side applications running on Intel," said Guy Churchward, general manager, Java Runtime Products Group, BEA Systems, as BEA yesterday announced SPECjbb2005 benchmark results which show that JRockit has provided fastest per-CPU performance of a Java Virtual Machine for Server Side Applications running on Intel hardware. SPECjbb2005 was developed by the Java subcommittee of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) - a non-profit group of computer vendors, system integrators, universities, research organizations, publishers, and consultants - and the benchmark's workload represents an order processing application for a wholesale supplier. Systems integrators and end users use the benchmark to evaluate performance of hardware and software aspects of Java Virtual Machine servers. ... (more)

Apple Introduces Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard

SAN FRANCISCO, June 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple(R) today unveiled a Developer Preview of Mac OS(R) X Server Snow Leopard(TM), the next major release of the world's easiest to use server operating system. Snow Leopard Server is a full 64-bit UNIX server operating system based on open standards that is up to twice as fast as its predecessor.* Snow Leopard Server includes innovative new features such as Podcast Producer 2, for automating the creation and publishing of podcasts, and Mobile Access Server with secure access to firewall-protected network services for iPhone(TM) and Mac(R). Snow Leopard Server is priced more affordably than ever at $499 with unlimited client licenses and will ship in September 2009. "Snow Leopard Server is our best and fastest server operating system ever, and unlimited client licenses make it an incredible value for any size busine... (more)

MySQL for AP Hosted News

The Associated Press (AP), the world's oldest and largest news agency, offers a service that allows news providers to integrate AP online content directly into their Web sites. The service, AP Hosted News, is used by approximately 600 affiliate newspapers and broadcasters. The service handles between 150,000 and 500,000 pages of content per affiliate per day, supporting 11,000 concurrent users. MySQL, a free open source database, has been the backbone of AP Hosted News since 2002. From Informix to MySQLAP originally used Informix for the online news service, but the development team started looking for a new database vendor when the project was going through a redesign. They downloaded MySQL to use as a proof-of-concept model to demonstrate what they needed, but assumed that the production system would use a commercial database from a large vendor. After getting qu... (more)

VMWare Develops Enterprise Virtualization Benchmark

VMware has developed VMmark, what it calls "the industry's first benchmark system providing customers and partners with a robust, reliable way to measure the performance of applications running in virtualized environments." As part of VMware's effort to promote open standards in the industry, VMmark is the result of two years of engineering design, collaboration with partners, and review of extensive customer survey data in order to accurately represent customer environments. "With customers asking for ways to measure and compare performance on different server platforms, VMware worked closely with partners to design and implement VMmark," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president of product and solution marketing for VMware. "We created this open benchmark to enable customers to make the best decisions about running mission-critical applications on virtual infrastructure... (more)

Project Tiger Unleashed: "Most Significant" Java Platform Release

Today at JavaOne, Sun Microsystems introduced Java 2 Platform Standard Edition (J2SE) 5.0, which Sun calls " the most significant upgrade to the Java platform and programming language since its initial release nearly one decade ago." Known as Project Tiger, this updated Java platform offers dramatic ease of development, new application monitoring and management features, a dedicated focus on rich client support for the PC desktop, and record-breaking performance. Sun announced today the Beta 2 release of the J2SE 5.0 software development kit (JDK), which includes tools such as compilers and debuggers necessary for developing applets and applications and the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). It is available for download at http://java.sun.com/j2se. In addition, Sun announced that Java Specification Request (JSR) 176 has reached final draft through the Java Community Pr... (more)

BEA Announces Latest Releases of Industry's Leading Foundation for Enterprise Java and SOA

BEAWORLD 2006, BEIJING, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BEA Systems, Inc. , a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced a technology preview of BEA WebLogic Server(R) 10, the next major release of the industry's leading application server and the release of BEA Workshop for WebLogic 10 -- both of which are designed to support fluid, next-generation Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs). Attendees at BEAWorld in Beijing this week can get a sneak peak at WebLogic Server 10 before it becomes generally available in the first calendar quarter of 2007. The new release will implement the latest Java specifications including Java Enterprise Edition 5 (Java EE 5) and Enterprise Java Beans 3.0 (EJB 3.0), as well as feature several additional enhancements designed to help customers simplify the development of applications and services while achievi... (more)

SPECjAppServer2002 Performance Tuning

This article discusses the best known methods for tuning the performance of the BEA WebLogic application server running the SPECjAppServer2002 benchmark on Intel architecture platforms. We describe a top-down, data-driven, and closed-loop approach to performance tuning, and touch on key advantages of BEA WebLogic that improve the performance of J2EE workloads. Introduction Java has become increasingly important in server-based applications. Consequently, standardized, robust, and scalable application support frameworks have become critical. Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) addresses this need, providing a comprehensive specification for application servers, including componentized object models and life cycles, database access, security, transactional integrity, and safe multithreading. One such application server is the BEA WebLogic application server. SPECjAppServe... (more)

IBM POWER5 Systems Surpass HP With World-Record Performance Results

IBM announced that IBM System p5 servers, running the Linux OS, have achieved industry-leading benchmark results that beat HP servers in important measurements of business and scientific performance. The IBM System p5 servers using the Linux OS surpassed HP Integrity and ProLiant systems in server speed according to recent SPECcpu performance benchmarks. SPECcpu, a software benchmark product produced by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC), contains two benchmark suites: SPECint for measuring and comparing compute-intensive integer performance and SPECfp for measuring and comparing compute-intensive floating point performance. "IBM's System p servers' superiority to HP machines in these key performance benchmarks illustrates the superior value that the IBM POWER5+-based servers running the Linux OS offer customers," said Jeff Howard, director, System p O... (more)