Fastest App Server in the West


We recently reported 2 SPECJappserver2004 results which are detailed in blogs here and here.  However, allow me to shed some light on these recent publications.  We published two results that highlight vastly different capabilities of the app server. The first was a speed record that shows GlassFish V2 is 10% faster than BEA on comparable hardware and the 2nd shows how fast GlassFish V1 runs with Postgres.  The first result was 883 SPECJAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard\* which was for the very latest, fastest version of GlassFish that we call V2 which is the enterprise edition that includes lightweight fail-over, clustering and administration features - you know those things you need to run the app server in an enterprise environment.  Now the interesting point is that this result was 10% faster than BEA running on the exact same hardware / DB setup!  This is a wonderful result for open source as it shows that an open source (and open community) can not only deliver a product but the fastest one on the market!

The 2nd test was done to show that Sun (and you) can create an open source stack that runs as well as an equivalent proprietary stack.  In this case we paired GlassFish V1 (now this is the original developer edition) with Postgres and delivered a result of 778 SPECJAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard\*\*.  This should answer the question of whether open source is good enough to run in production (yes) and should help everyone understand that Postgres rocks!  Why did we use V1 rather than V2 in this test? What were we hiding? Well, nothing, this was simply a matter of timing.  Because the product you test must be released and the PostGres folks wanted to announce immediately, they had to use GlassFish V1 as V2 will not be released until September. If you want to know how fast GlassFish V2 is with other open source data bases - just wait a bit.

Legal stuff: 

\* 
Sun Fire T2000 (1 chips, 8 cores) 883.66 SPECjAppServer2004
JOPS@Standard. SPEC, SPECjAppServer reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation
Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 7/10/07.

\*\*Sun Fire X4200 (6 chips, 12 cores) 778.14 SPECjAppServer2004
JOPS@Standard. HP rx2660 (2 chips, 4 cores) 874.61 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.  SPEC, SPECjAppServer reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.  Results from www.spec.org as of 7/10/07

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