IBM's dominance in the message-oriented middleware market is under threat from newcomer Sonic Software.
The company's SonicMQ 4.0 consistently outperforms IBM MQSeries 5.2 when using the Java Messaging Service standard, according to results from Jahming Technologies, which benchmarked the products.
In figures just published, the upstart SonicMQ, released less than two years ago, significantly beat long-time market leader MQSeries in 40 different test configurations simulating high volume business scenarios in different testing areas.
"This benchmarking report clearly demonstrates that all messaging products are not created equal," said Danny Goodall, Sonic's marketing director for Progress Software, Europe, Middle East & Africa. Sonic is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Progress, which distributes SonicMQ in Europe.
SonicMQ includes patent-pending Dynamic Routing Architecture (DRA), believed to be a significant factor in its scalability.
Research by analyst Butler Group stated: "DRA is ideal for e-markets or exchanges. True scalability has to be obtainable in a dynamic and seamless manner and SonicMQ scales to tens of thousands of users without the need to change the routing architecture or make coding changes to applications."
In a series of point-to-point tests, results of four times MQSeries were typically achieved. For instance, with 250 512 byte messages queued SonicMQ received about 1,300 messages per second while MQSeries managed 450.
In durable publish and subscribe testing - meaning sustained many-to-many message dissemination with retrieval from where left off, even after a break in connection - Sonic's results improved as volumes rose.
At light loads the margin was 2:1, rising to 6:1 at medium levels. With a load of 1,000 connections and 500 topics, IBM's software was unable to compete while SonicMQ comfortably handled the volume.
In non-durable testing - where only the messages sent during the current transmission are handled - SonicMQ also outshone MQSeries for both one-to-one and few-to-many access.
The full report, prepared by Jahming Technologies in December and published this week, is downloadable from www.sonicsoftware.com.
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