IBM & Oracle Clash Over Middleware
Filed Under: Business, US | Posted: 03/20/2011 at 8:13AM
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In what appears to be a heated battle over who has faster software, IBM and Oracle are at it again. The issue? Who has the faster stack of middleware?
Well that’s not very simple to explain. But for the sake of opensource developers who are on the edge of their seats, here goes. IBM has released its SPECjEnterprise 2010, which says it has proven that Big Blue’s WebSphere middleware on Power 7 hardware is the most cost effective solution in terms of performance.
In terms overall performance, IBM claims to have 76% better performance over Oracle, reports infoworld.com.
What’s more? IBM has unveiled a new site which expresses its ‘had-it’ attitude with Oracle. But there’s also a backstory to go with that. And of course with questions like, are you paying more for Oracle database than you should be, you can expect the battle to ensure for some time.
The fact of the matter is that Oracle has now become IBM’s new arch rival in the new world. Although IBM and Oracle are collaborating on fronts like PDF, they still have a lot of market share to compete for.
The story behind the two’s rivalry go back to September 2009, when Oracle was fined by the Transaction Processing Performance Council. The fine was for $10,000 and it was instated because Oracle claimed in a Wall Street Journal report that Oracle’s software and hardware run faster on a system than IBM’s combination. And it also said that the claim was based on TPC results.
However, Oracle maintained that they would release the TPC results in October. That was a little premature and TPC ordered them to take remove the publication of the claim.