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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 i... (more)

CiRBA Version 4.6 Opens Up Cross-Platform Virtualization Opportunities

CiRBA announced the release of Version 4.6 of its virtualization and consolidation analysis software. With Version 4.6, CiRBA adds to its workload analysis, enabling organizations to plan and design virtualized infrastructure on any platform – including mainframes – according to workload personalities, risk tolerance, service level agreements and performance requirements. This advanced workload modeling also can consider the impact of iSCSI storage and network connectivity on virtualized servers to optimize placements and use of these technologies without impacting performance. Advanced Workload Benchmarking Each application has its own distinct workload personality that impacts how it will perform on any given virtualization platform and how well it fits with other resources on a server. Benchmarking is critical in determining how applications will per... (more)

Sun Introduces the Next Major Version of the Open Source Java EE 5 (GlassFish V2) Application Server

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. and the GlassFish(TM) community, today announced the immediate availability of GlassFish V2, the next major version of the open source Java(TM) Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5 application server, and its commercially-supported counterpart, the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1. Building on the success of GlassFish V1, this release adds enterprise features such as clustering, advanced administration and record-breaking performance. In addition, the Sun Java System Application Server 9.1 offers new industry leading cost-efficient annual subscriptions for customers that need production quality support. With GlassFish V2, customers no longer have to choose between open source and enterprise features. GlassFish V2 delivers on the major features that are required for scalable and ... (more)

SGI® Altix® ICE Sets New World Record in Performance and Scalability

SGI (NASDAQ:SGI), a global leader in HPC and data center solutions, today announced that the SGI Altix ICE integrated blade cluster is the leading performer in Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation’s (SPEC) MPI2007 benchmark tests for high performance technical computing. This SPEC benchmark demonstrates the superior scalability and computing power of the SGI system, which leverages Intel processors, Linux operating system and SGI Message Passing Toolkit (MPT) MPI library. SGI ICE 8200EX, with 2,048 cores of Intel® Xeon® processors X5560 (2.8 GHz), together with SGI InfiniteStorage NAS, was more than 40 times faster than the 64-core, Intel® X5482 (3.2GHz) reference cluster in the suite’s SPECmpiL_base2007 test. In addition, a 512-core Altix ICE 8200EX, with Intel® Xeon® processors X5570 (2.93 GHz), is the top performer in all published results for the medium ... (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 ... (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)