Since we work with several different portal products, I’m often asked about the performance of Liferay portal when it comes to scalability. I think most people who ask this question are under the impression that the big players (IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Adobe, etc) do scale very well. Indeed those vendors do spend a good amount of money to ensure their portals are highly scalable. Also see a post from my colleague Glenn Kline on why you still have to test performance when you customize your portal: Do not Neglect Portal Performance and Load Testing.
But what about open source vendors? Can they scale too?
Liferay has been publishing performance white papers since version 5.1 came out. In the latest version, 6.1, Liferay has again performed extensive performance testing to see how scalable their portal is. Here is a link to that white paper: Liferay Portal Performance Note, you will probably need to supply your name and email address to access the white paper.
When you look at Liferay’s performace you will see that it is indeed scalable. Liferay conducted their tests using the following parameters:
1,000,000 total users
2,000,000 documents with an average of 100kB per document
4,000,000 message forum threads and posts
100,000 blog entries and 1,000,000 comments
100,000 wiki pages
According to the white paper, the key findings of the study are:
1. As an infrastructure portal, Liferay Portal can support over 27,000 virtual users on a single server with mean login times under 200ms and maximum throughput of 760+ logins per second
2. Liferay Portal’s document repository easily supports 5,400 virtual users while accessing 2,000,000 documents in the document repository
3. Liferay Portal’s WCM scales to beyond 300,000 virtual users on a single Liferay Portal server with average transaction times under 50ms and 35% cPu utilization
4. In collaboration and social networking scenarios, each physical server supports over 6000 virtual concurrent users at average transaction times of under 800ms
5. Given sufficient database resources and efficient load balancing, Liferay Portal can scale linearly as one adds additional servers to a cluster
These results are for Liferay 6.1 Enterprise Edition and don’t take into account custom applications deployed on portal. So even though you can see that Liferay is scalable, make sure you test performance of your own applications written for Liferay.
Digital Asset Management in IBM Digital Experience
Mon, May 20th 2013 10:14a Mark Polly I mentioned in a previous blog how IBM is integrating Digital Asset Management (DAM) into WebSphere Portal and Web Content Management. At the IBM Exceptional Web Conference, IBM’s Stephan Hepper is demoing this integration. The DAM is actually the MediaBeacon product and IBM and MediaiBeacon has created seamless integration between the products. By combining both products, you get a really great DAM solution in IBM’s flagship product. IBM is also planning to integrate this with [read] Keywords: connections
But Don’t Stalk Me
Fri, May 10th 2013 6:21a Michael Porter Back in March, I mentioned a Global Survey Oracle did on customer experience. That’s been a hot topic of late in my world. As part of that survey, they continue to build off of the nuggets of information found in that survey. Emil Fernandez pointed me to an update on that survey that includes a video on millenials and how they wish to engage or be engaged. The short video highlights a few way they would prefer to engage. I found it hilarious that at about 45 seconds, one teenager say [read] Keywords: oracle
Portal Beauty and the User Experience
Thu, May 9th 2013 6:18a Michael Porter Dr. Marci Stochak-Chavez just posted an article on our health blog somewhat related to yesterday’s post. She focuses on whether beauty is in the eye of the beholder for a portal. In here article, she references a design a portal challenge in New York City. This challenge pushes contestants to create a nice interface while also using key standards like the Blue Button and the Direct Protocol to transmit medical records.
Dr. Marci makes one quote it’s easy to agree with.
I be [read] Keywords: interface
If You Build a Patient Portal Why Won’t They Come?
Wed, May 8th 2013 6:21a Michael Porter Joe Jacobellis, a member of the Design Experience team at a client pointed out this interesting article about patient portals by Steve Wilkins. It’s titled, “If You Build a Patient Portal Why Won’t They Come?“ Before you read it, let me give you some history:
The Affordable Care Act mandates that all patients have access to their medical record (lab test, allergies, discharge instructions, etc.)
In various stages, hospitals and clinics need to give you electronic acc [read] Keywords: community
Salesforce Communities: The Portal is Dead…Long Live the Portal
Thu, May 2nd 2013 6:18p Axel Newe Today Salesforce.com announced its long awaited release of Communities, which in Salesforce’s own words ended the era of legacy portal software. These are heady words, but Salesforce may have actually created something that is taking the portal concept into a different direction. The motor that is driving Communities is Chatter, Salesforce’s social collaboration platform. Salesforce.com used to have distinct offerings for Partner and Customer portals. With Communities, Partners, [read] Keywords: collaboration