Intel Benchmarks Cape Clear 7 ESB Platform Capable of Processing 5 Million Complex Simultaneous Business Processes

    Sets New BPEL Reliability, Scalability, and Performance Standards for
                        On-Demand Integration Projects

    SAN MATEO, Calif., March 20 /CNW/ Cape Clear(R)
( ) Software, the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)
Platform ( ) leader, and Intel(R)
( ) announce that a benchmarking study designed to test
the scalability and performance of Cape Clear 7's enhanced Business Process
Execution Language (BPEL) engine has found Cape Clear 7 capable of processing
5 million complex and long-running simultaneously active business processes
and 37 million transactions in a 24-hour period without compromising
performance.  With these results, Cape Clear 7 is setting a new performance
standard for meeting the needs of mission-critical, on-demand integration
projects currently in deployment across enterprise customers in the
telecommunications, media, financial services, government, manufacturing,
transportation, and energy industries.
    On-demand integration, which is the fastest and most reliable way to
integrate an organization's systems across the internet and behind customer,
supplier, partner and remote office firewalls using web services, requires
supporting technology that guarantees optimal scalability and performance
operating in a completely reliable environment.  Cape Clear 7 delivers on this
requirement with a productive developer toolset that significantly reduces ESB
Platform implementation times.

    Using industry-standard BPEL scenarios running on a network of up to
eight CPU, Dual-Core Xeon(R) processors, Intel benchmarked the following key
Cape Clear 7 results:

    -- Consistent transaction throughput of over 25,000 fully recoverable
       BPEL transactions per minute; equivalent to over 37 million in a
       single 24-hour period.
    -- Response rates actually improved as transactional load on the system
    -- 5 million complex and long running simultaneously active instances
       were created; response times were shown to be constant and independent
       of the number of active instances.
    -- Full recovery was successfully demonstrated by randomly killing
       servers in the cluster and showing uninterrupted and correct
       processing behaviour while the processes were rapidly recovered.

    Benchmarking BPEL presents unique challenges; for example, owing to the
long-running and asynchronous nature of many of the applications, traditional
Transaction Processing Council-style raw throughput measurements are not
always appropriate.  In support of this exercise, and based on the scalability
and performance requirements of large-scale BPEL customers including Cisco,
Channel 4, Pearson Education, MessageLabs, and Workday, Cape Clear has
developed realistic and accurate scenarios to measure key performance,
scalability, and reliability.
    "The ability to provide server affinity for complex BPEL processes by
horizontally scaling Cape Clear across servers while reducing response times
is a significant achievement," commented Tony Grewal, Project Manager at
Intel. "This benchmarking study also demonstrates how off-the-shelf Intel-
based hardware provides a powerful technical and economic solution for
    "Large-scale BPEL deployments are a significant yet increasingly common
challenge as enterprises deploy on-demand integration projects," said David
Clarke, senior vice president of products at Cape Clear.  "These Intel
benchmark results demonstrate that the Cape Clear 7 ESB Platform can easily
meet the stringent uptime, reliability, scalability, and performance
requirements of these large, mission-critical projects."
    The benchmark tests were run over a period of 10 days at the Intel
Solution Center at Winnersh, Berkshire, UK earlier this month.  The detailed
specifications of the hardware, software, and network used; the methodology
employed and measurements taken; and, source code for the BPEL scripts
employed and details of the Cape Clear configuration are available for
download at

    About Intel
    Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies,
products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live.
Additional information about Intel is available at

    About Cape Clear Software
    Cape Clear is the ESB Platform Leader that delivers proven On-Demand
Integration reliability, scalability, and performance to connect any content,
services, or software across the internet using Web services.  Recognized by
Gartner, Forrester, and ITWeek Magazine as the leading ESB, Cape Clear is in
deployment by the leading financial services, communications, software on-
demand, media, government, energy, transportation, and defense organizations
in the world.  Founded in 1999, Cape Clear Software is a privately-held firm
with headquarters in San Mateo, Calif., and offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago,
Ill.; Denver, Colo.; Waltham, Mass.; Dublin, Ireland; and, London, UK.  For
more information, please visit

    Cape Clear is a registered trademark of Cape Clear Software. All other
company names and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies or owners.

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