The need for a Turbo LAMP stack

Turbo LAMP on Power8

Quru are working with IBM Specialist distributor, Azlan, in helping customers realise the benefits of running Turbo LAMP for their workloads.

The explosion in today’s application market is almost exclusively around applications that deliver information from troves of data to a myriad of end users devices. The information is personalized, localized, and curated for the user. Businesses are retrieving data from their systems of record—the ERP, SCM, HRM applications that have long run the business—and delivering it through systems of engagement.

The de facto standard for building systems of engagement is the LAMP stack, which consists of Linux as the operating system, an Apache web server, an open source relational database like MySQL or MariaDB, and PHP as the development language. The dominant solutions across several application categories such as ecommerce, content management, and analytics are all built on a LAMP stack. The open source software LAMP stack has become popular because each component can be theoretically interchanged and adapted without overt lock in to a specific vendor software stack. These components bundle a web application and service componentry stack built on open source technologies that are portable between Linux operating systems and platforms.

Until now, the target hardware platform for LAMP stack solutions has been Intel processors. For years, Intel had a price advantage with low-end servers, where LAMP stack had its open source beginnings. But the POWER processor family has steadily improved its price performance, and entry-level Power Systems with POWER8 processors are affordable for any business. At the same time, LAMP stack solutions have grown to support many business critical systems of engagement, where more powerful, scalable, and reliable hardware systems are required.

An excellent case in point is ecommerce. Thousands of small and medium businesses have built web and mobile commerce applications using Magento, which is built on LAMP. While Magento provides the functionality and price point that works for many businesses, it often suffers from performance problems. If a simple rehosting exercise could enable Magento to run faster, millions of customers would enjoy a better online experience, and the thousands of businesses supporting them could drive more revenue and profit.

The goal, then, is to demonstrate that by simply re-hosting a PHP application like Magento from Intel to POWER8 running an optimized LAMP stack, the site will run faster and automatically leverage the advantages of POWER8.

Read the complete IBM Whitepaper - Reviewing the Proof of Concept conducted to show cost, performance and maintenance advantages of the LAMP Stack running on Power8.

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Quru is an IBM Business Partner, specialising in Linux and open source based solutions. We are ideally placed with our offices directly across the River Thames from IBM's London headquarters. Some of our team have worked with IBM for more than 15 years and have been deploying Linux on IBM hardware for over 10.

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