Repository Scalability – Comparing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Oracle WebCenter Content 11g
Most tests of scalability and throughput for software are pitched at the extremes of system capabilities: often conducted on specially designed and tuned hardware to demonstrate the extremes of performance capability. Recent examples include this white paper on extreme performance and scalability from Oracle1 and this similar exercise from Microsoft2. These examples provide useful information in terms of maximum growth, but are limited in their application for most enterprises interested in more practical performance targets and with finite resources available for hardware and application tuning.
For the purposes of this paper, our aim was to determine some real-world benchmark tests for content ingestion rates reflective of the import phase of a typical content management project for one phase of an enterprise deployment. Average content item size and total collection sizes were based on values usually encountered by TEAM Informatics, Inc. (TEAM) in our deployment, migration, and upgrade projects. We used out-of-the-box configurations where possible and typical commodity production hardware.
This paper is intended for technical staff or project team members responsible for architecting and implementing Enterprise 2.0 systems. This paper is independent but related to TEAM‟s white paper, Why Enterprise 2.0 is Important to You: A Depictive Analysis of Offerings from Microsoft and Oracle3.