SPEC To Develop SOA-based Application Benchmark

Prompted by some of the biggest names in SOA, the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) is developing a formal SOA-based application benchmark under a new working group.  IBM, Oracle and VMware are among those SPEC members driving for a new SOA application measurement standard.

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Prompted by some of the biggest names in SOA, the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC) is developing a formal SOA-based application benchmark under a new working group.  IBM, Oracle and VMware are among those SPEC members driving for a new SOA application measurement standard.

A SPEC spokesperson said the group wants input from enterprise architects, IT managers and other potential users of SOA-based applications.  The goal of this input is to ensure SPEC’s new working group understands the needs of the customers so it can develop the best benchmarking tool possible. 

“Service Oriented Architectures are being deployed within enterprises of many sectors, including government, banking, retail and manufacturing,” said Andrew Spyker, an SOA runtime architect and chair of the new group, in a statement.

“The benefits for companies deploying SOA include business flexibility and cost optimization. An industry-standard benchmark will help SOA users understand best practices for improving performance and help vendors deliver performance optimizations based on typical customer scenarios,” Spyker added in a statement.

The SPEC working group’s initial SOA benchmark will be designed around three parts of a typical SOA deployment infrastructure:

  • Services on top of application servers using web services; <LI> Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technologies that connect and mediate the services;
  • Choreographing services into larger composite applications through BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) technologies.
  • The group said the benchmark will measure the typical ways customers deploy SOA technologies while also covering current vendor implementations.

 

SPEC said IT professionals and others will use data from running the benchmark tests to save money and adapt their IT infrastructures to the changing needs of their businesses.>




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