An IT company increases throughput by 30 percent

IBM WebSphere software provides a scalable, reliable platform for the organization’s exchange system

Published on 26-Sep-2013

An IT company

Computer Services

Deployment country:


This company is an IT services organization supporting a trading exchange in Asia.

Business need:
The company needed a more stable, scalable platform that could offer the high performance it needed to support its exchange system.

The company implemented IBM® WebSphere® Application Server software to support its exchange application.

The new solution increases throughput by 30 percent and reduces CPU use by 35 percent compared to the previous solution.

Case Study

This company is an IT services organization supporting a trading exchange in Asia.

The company was experiencing significant growth and expansion, resulting in increased pressure on its IT systems. The number of registered users on the company’s systems increased from 10,000 to 300,000 in two years. In addition, transaction volumes increased from 100 to 1,000 per second at peak times, with total transactions reaching more than RMB1 trillion per year. The company anticipated that the number of registered users would quickly reach one million, resulting in 80,000 orders per second at peak times. As a result of this growth, the company saw an increase in performance issues, along with overall instability in its exchange system, which it had built in-house using Tomcat, an open source application.

To avoid revenue loss, the company must make sure that its exchange system is up five days per week, 22 hours per day, supporting up to 20,000 concurrent connections. The organization began to look for a more stable, scalable system that could offer the high performance it needed.

After considering Oracle WebLogic software, the company implemented IBM WebSphere Application Server software running on IBM System x® servers to support its exchange application. Because of its requirements for high availability, the organization first performed a proof of concept (POC) with the IBM application to determine if it could pass load and system performance tests. Working with IBM Software Services for WebSphere, the company then gathered requirements for the new platform.

The IBM team helped the company migrate its exchange application to the WebSphere platform, perform functional, load and system testing, and tune the system for the company’s specific requirements. The IBM group also provided training. The WebSphere Application Server software is cluster-enabled and provides a scalable, flexible, standards-based infrastructure. The company anticipates that the application will offer a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and deliver a faster ROI than the organization’s previous solution.

• Increases throughput by 30 percent compared to the previous solution
• Reduces CPU use by 35 percent compared to the previous solution
• Improves average response time for transactions

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Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

WebSphere Application Server

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