IBM WebSphere Portal
IBM WebSphere Portal
IBM WebSphere Portal software provides a composite application or business mashup
framework and the advanced tooling needed to build flexible, SOA-based solutions,
as well as the unmatched scalability required by any size organization. The portal
software allows partners, employees and customers to choose their user experience, with
personalized applications based on role, context, actions, location, preferences and team
More details on IBM WebSphere can be found at www-306.ibm.com/software/
Steelhead Appliances Improve User Access Speeds and
Reduce Bandwidth Utilization
Deploying Riverbed Steelhead appliances with IBM’s WebSphere Portal dramatically
accelerates perfor mance across a range of operations when accessing portal applications
and content over the WAN. With Riverbed’s WAN optimization, organizations deploying
portal apps or a service-oriented architecture (SOA) can achieve global network scalability
while improving accessibility to data and applications from remote sites.
Steelhead appliances cut the amount of time it takes to access applications while also
reducing that amount of bandwidth needed to transmit data. The Riverbed Optimization
System (RiOS) utilizes industry-leading data streamlining, transport streamlining and
application streamlining to provide data deduplication, compression, and protocol
optimization at both the transport and application layers.
With, RiOS, enterprises can cut WebSphere traffic on the WAN by as much as 99%
allowing organizations to save on bandwidth costs while still delivering real-time access
to information for their employees. The end result is greater IT operational efficiency
and a more productive workforce.
Test results show that Riverbed Steelhead appliances significantly accelerate IBM
WebSphere Portal access times for end-users. Accessing the portal was 36 times faster
with Steelhead appliances and bandwidth utilization was reduced by up to 99%.
Improves web portal access times by
up to 36x
Reduces bandwidth utilization by up
These tests were performed by IBM
accessing a WebSphere Portal using
a Rational Performance Tester script.
The script simulated 15 users perform
ing a series of portal operations and
repeating the operations 10 times each.
The operations included login, accessing
a custom portlet, downloading objects
ranging from 100k to 10 MB, navigating
to portal news and logging out. The
performance tests were run on a T1
WAN link with latency of 100ms.
15 users accessing WebSphere Portal - Time to Complete (in seconds)
0 17 34 51 68 85 102 119 136 153 170
More than 36x faster
Deploying Riverbed with
IBM WebSphere Portal produces
Improve business operations.
Companies that leverage corporate
mashups via WebSphere Portal can
dramatically reduce the amount of
time it takes for employees to
complete operations and access portal
applications, improving productivity
and operational throughput.
Increased message throughput.
Faster deployment of applications.
IT organizations that need to
respond to business and market
drivers faster can deploy web-based
applications quickly without fear of
performance problems in a globally
Global Services Oriented Architecture
SOA initiatives can
overcome scalability limitations in a
global enterprise and applets served
by strategic partners can perform as
if they were local.
Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS
RiOS software combines patent-pending data reduction, TCP optimization, application-
level latency optimizations, and remote office file and management functionality. Together,
these technologies provide a comprehensive solution for enterprise wide-area data services,
scaling across a range of applications and network topologies to accelerate applications
from 5 to 50 times, and sometimes up to 100x. RiOS consists of four key components:
Data Streamlining –
RiOS data streamlining works across all TCP applications to reduce
bandwidth consumption by 60% to 95%. Data streamlining works across Windows file
sharing, Microsoft Office, Email (including MS Exchange and Lotus Notes), SSL-encrypted
applications, CAD, ERP, databases, and all other applications that use TCP, to ensure the
same data is never sent more than once over the WAN. Data Streamlining also supports
rules-based policy administration of optimization classes and packet marking for QoS
and route control.
Transport Streamlining –
RiOS transport streamlining reduces the number of TCP packets
required to transfer data by 65% to 98%. Transport streamlining overcomes TCP limitations
by adapting transmission characteristics such as window scale, loss handling, congestion
notification, and more. Transport streamlining also allows SSL-encrypted applications to be
accelerated as well. RiOS Transport streamlining also enables greater utilization of high
bandwidth, high latency connections with High-Speed TCP and MX-TCP.
Application Streamlining –
RiOS application streamlining provides additional order-of-
magnitude application performance improvements by reducing application protocol
chattiness up to 98% and minimizing application overhead. By minimizing application
demands on the network such as application protocol round trips and required network
connections, RiOS can provide massive throughput increases to applications including
Windows file sharing (CIFS), Exchange (MAPI 5.5 through 2007), Web (HTTP and HTTPS),
and Database (MS-SQL). RiOS also includes important features for maximizing branch
office productivity such as file server capabilities, transparent pre-population of popular
data, and the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP) – a virtualized partition that can run run
additional services and applications on Steelhead appliances without the need for a
Management Streamlining –
RiOS simplifies the deployment and management of appli
cation acceleration infrastructure by employing a transparent approach to communications.
RiOS enables easy deployment through auto-discovery of peers and auto-interception
of traffic, with no reconfiguration of clients, servers, or routers necessary. RiOS simplifies
ongoing management by providing simple but powerful Web-based and command line
interfaces and reporting, as well as integrated, centralized management and configuration.
RiOS also enables a host of additional management features including dozens of deploy
ment configurations, capabilities for redundancy, optional IPsec encryption, RADIUS/
TACACS+ authentication, and SNMP traps.
IBM WebSphere Portal
*These results are based on the testing scenario presented in this paper. Your results may vary based on the conditions of your own network and the
specifics of your own use cases.
Data Transferred - Bandwidth Utilization (in MB)
0 970 1940 2910 3880 4850 5820 6790 7760 8730 9700
99% reduction in data
Typical Deployment Architecture
PARTY BUSINESS PARTNER
Accelerated WebSphere Access
25x 100x or more ->
0 5x 10x 15x 20x
ERP - Oracle 11i, SAP NetWeaver
ERP - Fat Client
Database - Oracle SQL
Database - MS-SQL
Software Distribution - SMS
Backup & Replication
Web - HTTP, HTTPS, Intranet
Mail - Notes
Mail - Exchange (MAPI)
File Sharing - Unix (NFS)
File Sharing - Windows (CIFS)
Most Likely range
Steelhead Appliances Accelerate a Broad Range of Applications
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
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constraints by increasing application
performance, enabling consolidation, and
providing enterprise-wide network and
application visibility – all while eliminating
the need to increase bandwidth, storage
or servers. Thousands of companies with
distributed operations use Riverbed to make
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