40 Reasons Oracle Out-Performs IBM in Middleware
By Dain C. Hansen on Aug 24, 2011
Several weeks ago we began a twitter campaign on the OracleMiddle channel following #OracleOutperformsIBM which outlined several reasons (you guessed it already) that Oracle out-performs IBM in middleware. 40 of them to be exact. I’ve summarized what we learned as well as some anecdotes that didn’t originally fit on Twitter’s 140 character limit. I’m looking forward to seeing what comments you may have or if you have some reasons of your own!
Overall, compared to IBM,
Oracle offers the most complete, integrated, open, and best-of-breed middleware
solution. These advantages help Oracle customers simplify complexity, lower
TCO, and improve efficiencies. Each claim is based on
real proof-points which were compiled across several product categories in application servers, SOA,
BPM, data integration, identity and access management, user experience platforms, and finally, the middleware platform as a whole.
All of this information is available to you by going to our website at www.oracle.com/goto/OracleOutperformsIBM
let’s begin with the 40 Reasons Oracle Out-performs IBM in Middleware
- More Comprehensive. “When you look at the comparative benefits of Oracle Fusion Middleware over IBM’s grab bag of products, what stands out is that we have a comprehensive offering that is both complete and integrated. This is something that IBM either cannot or does not want to offer.” Said Alex Andrianopoulos, vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware Product Marketing.
- Better Performance - This world record benchmark provides a clear comparison between Oracle and IBM," said Juan Loaiza, senior vice president, Systems Technology, Oracle. "Oracle software running on Cisco UCS Blade and Rack Servers using Intel Xeon processors easily outperformed IBM's software stack running on Power7 servers.”
- IBM is 41% more costly. – This particular study analyzed a set of customers on a specific product (Oracle WebLogic) to come to this specific conclusion.
- Less training required. – This goes without saying.
- Coherence faster than IBM by 30%. – Does IBM actually have a ‘Coherence’?
- #1 in Application Server Market. – I probably should have made this the #1 reason, but this just hit the wire mid stream.
- No Contest with WebLogic. – In this webcast we summarize a number of the claims we’ve made around performance, TCO, and complexity.
- Save $$$ moving off the mainframe. – Although this is not an apples-to-apples comparison, Oracle’s strategy for moving off the Mainframe does have merits. Only with Oracle can companies make the transition effectively, at lower cost, and without loss of down-time.
- IBM requires 30% more Prof. Srvcs. – No surprise. See #10
- 50-60% labor cost advantage – Did we say this already? Worth calling out twice, this particular study points out the labor saving specifically when developing SOA, BPM configurations.
- IBM's frequent product overlap – Explains reason #10.
- Too many steps with IBM. – Quantifiable actually. Again explains reason #10.
- IBM too complex in SOA. – I thought the whole point of SOA was to simplify?
- Patchwork vs. Pre-integrated? - I’ll take pre-integrated pretty please.
- IBM's BPM stuck in the past. - While IBM represents the past, Oracle’s BPM strategy looks to the future with one unified platform that manages all types of processes. Oracle’s unified process model delivers a tool set that works across both business and IT departments, and its unification with Oracle Fusion Middleware brings even more capabilities to the table.
- Unified BPM. – Explains #15
- Unified Process Foundation. – I see a pattern emerging.
- Unfied tooling for SOA, BPM. – The tooling between BPM and SOA are also unified. Nice!
- Support industry standards in BPM. – We didn’t just say ‘BPEL’ because actually there’s more to it than that. There’s also SCA, BPMN and the way that these standards are implemented across all the products in a unified way. Have I mentioned that term already?
- Social BPM. – Consumerization of IT, meet Oracle BPM
- 10X Query Performance. – That’s not a typo. It’s 10 times quicker running our Data Integration solutions on Exadata, from our customer, Avea that is using Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle Data Integrator together with Oracle Exadata.
- More Value from Data Integration – Among the performance advantages there’s a host of other great things to talk about that we do differently than IBM. How about Real-time Data Integration?
- Lower TCO in Data Integration – Due to E-LT approach, real-time data integration, zero downtime capabilities.
- 47% faster with WebLogic –Is this a repeat to Reason #2? Actually it is a separate benchmark study. But we beat IBM in this one too.
- Faster Data Movement – Faster in bulk data handling, faster in real-time movement.
- Better Reliability – with Oracle GoldenGate provides continuous availability and reduces both planned and unplanned downtime.
- Unified Data Quality –Does IBM unify their multiple DQ products like Oracle does into a single solution?
- Save $ Move off the Mainframe. – A thematic repeat of Reason #8, but worth sharing this white paper study that outlines some of the details of why Oracle’s solution for moving off the mainframe ultimately saves you loads of cash.
- Unified Governance. – Have I said the word unified yet in relation to Governance?
Now for some of the finale reasons that cover all of Fusion Middleware
- Complete and Integrated. – The “and” is the keyword here. It’s one thing to say you have all the parts. It’s one thing to say that one part works with another part. But it’s a different thing altogether to say that all of your solution is complete and is integrated together.
- Unified Design Time. – We don’t just mean for one product or even two, we mean for all the Middleware products.
- Common Metadata for Middleware. – Again this is harder to get right as the product set gets bigger. Nevertheless, Oracle delivers on this common metadata above and beyond what IBM can do.
- Cohesive Run-time. – Helps get your run-times ready for the Cloud as it meets many of the horizontal as well as vertical scaling - this as opposed to so many various run-times.
- Unified Identity Management. – Why would you want it any other way?
- Comprehensive Management. – This is an area Oracle excels. Management is not something we take lightly. All the tools in Middleware work with our Enterprise Manager solution.
- More Open. – Means less closed
- Best of breed – See many of the previous reasons to show how individual product segments stack up to provide the complete best of breed offering with Oracle Fusion Middleware.
- More Innovators use Oracle. – Are you one of these innovators? Hear a couple of good examples of some on this webcast.
- #39: Oracle's Cloud Integration – Oracle’s Cloud story is pretty compelling, take a look if you haven’t already seen our new Cloud integration page on Oracle.com
- #40: See 1-39! – A worthy read to go through this list again and again.
What reasons can you think of? Look forward to hearing from you on www.twitter.com/OracleMiddle