Thursday Mar 28, 2013

Hotelbeds Enhances its IT Infrastructure with Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence

Hotelbeds is an accommodation wholesaler that services over 50,000 hotels across 183 countries. When the organization realized their current IT infrastructure environment had become too complex and costly to manage and its middle-tier database cache could no longer scale to serve the company's busiest seasons, they underwent a rigorous evaluation process to find a solution that would better meet their business needs.

Hotelbeds analyzed the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Oracle WebLogic Server versus open source application servers in the market today, and decided to migrate their entire applications ecosystem to Oracle WebLogic Server.

By consolidating onto Oracle WebLogic Server, Hotelbeds was able to reduce operating costs and eliminate the risk of running their business critical applications on unsupported platforms.

Additionally, Hotelbeds opted to replace its existing open source caching systems MemCached and EHCache with Oracle Coherence to increase performance, scalability and ease-of-use. Upon consolidating on WebLogic and Coherence they have reduced maintenance costs by more than 165%.

Hotelbeds also uses a range of other Oracle technologies to support its infrastructure, including Oracle Database, Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle WebCenter Content, Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle JRockit Java Virtual Machine.

Check out the video, Hotelbeds Moves from Open Source: Consolidates on WebLogic, to hear Juan Di Dos, Director of IT for Hotelbeds, talk about the benefits of aggregating all their applications on a single platform.

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Monday Mar 25, 2013

What to Expect from Maven on Oracle WebLogic

Many of today's WebLogic shops are already using Maven. To make sure users can take advantage of all of Maven's capabilities, Oracle is constantly iterating on Maven support in WebLogic Server.

Please Join us this Thursday, March 28, at 10 am PT/1 pm PT, to see how Oracle WebLogic and Maven can further your development processes (all while keeping your Ops budget guys happy with the time savings).

Join us for this Webcast and hear about our out-of-the-box support, features, and tips for enhancing your development projects. Discover how:

  • Maven integration improves your time to market by applying cross-cutting logic to well-defined project object models
  • Maven technology advances are easier to use and more accessible with Oracle support
  • You can decrease application lifecycle management costs through build automation and Oracle WebLogic integration


Register for the webcast: What to Expect from Maven on Oracle WebLogic
Thursday, March 28, 10am PDT/1pm EDT
With: Pyounguk Cho, Principal Product LineManager, Oracle WebLogic



Are you an Oracle Forms Customer? Consider running on WebLogic Server to take advantage of Brand New and Advanced Capabilities

Of course, you can still run custom applications on Oracle Application Server…but at what cost? By switching to Oracle WebLogic Server, you can gain rich new functionality, get unparalleled performance and lower your support costs in the process.

  1. Reduce Operational Costs, while Improving Service Levels: Although Oracle Internet Application Server (iAS) continues to be maintained and updated according to Oracle standard lifetime support policies, Oracle iAS layered products such as Oracle Forms, and Reports have been certified with the WebLogic Server infrastructure. Converged with key capabilities of Oracle Containers for J2EE (OC4J), the full portfolio of Oracle Internet Application Server layered products, and the end-to-end diagnostics and management with the Enterprise Manager Diagnostics Pack, all designed to squeeze down operational costs while improving service levels as well as to enable Oracle customer investments in Oracle Internet Application Server to move forward seamlessly to Oracle WebLogic Server.
  2. WebLogic Suite Includes the Foundational Technologies: In addition, WebLogic Suite includes foundational technologies beyond Java EE such as Oracle Forms, Oracle Reports, Oracle Discoverer and Oracle Portal that are critical for applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite.
  3. Virtualize your Forms and Reports Applications: Not only that, starting September 2012, Oracle Forms and Reports support is included in Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder (OVAB). OVAB makes it possible for administrators to quickly configure and provision entire multi-tier enterprise applications onto virtualized and cloud environments. OVAB provides a framework for automatically capturing the configuration of existing software components and packaging them as self-contained software appliance, composing configurable blueprints of multi-tier application topologies called assemblies and provisioning those onto a pool of virtual and cloud resources with minimal user input. OVAB now contains a new plug-in for Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports. The Forms and Reports OVAB plug-ins/extensions provide the ability to examine Forms and Reports applications and configurations to create and deploy assemblies containing Forms and Reports appliances. Hence, migrating your forms and reports applications to WebLogic enables you to virtualize your existing forms and reports applications and even run these on a cloud platform.
  4. Take Advantage of State of the Art Migration Tooling: To enable a systematic and manageable upgrade, automated tooling is provided for layered products like Oracle Forms and Reports.


More Information

Webcast: Virtualize and Run Your Forms Applications in the Cloud- It Pays to Upgrade to Oracle WebLogic Server 12c.

Learn more about why and how to upgrade your applications to Oracle Forms running on Oracle WebLogic Server, what’s new with Oracle Forms and how to virtualize you Oracle Forms application.

OTN: Forms upgrade and new features
Oracle Tools Statement of Direction

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Thursday Mar 14, 2013

Are you using the application server that best serves your changing business needs? Maybe it’s time to consider an upgrade?

If you’re running mission-critical applications, consolidating your data center or thinking about creating a private cloud infrastructure, and you are not currently using WebLogic Server 12c, you may want consider an upgrade.                 

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is the #1 Application Server across conventional systems, engineered systems and cloud environments. It provides significant enhancements to help customers and partners lower their total cost of ownership and derive more value from their current application infrastructure, while accelerating the development cycle and reducing time-to-market for their applications.

As the centerpiece of Oracle’s Cloud Application Foundation, and a core part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family, Oracle WebLogic Server continues to deliver innovative new capabilities for building, deploying and running Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) applications Some of the new product features and enhancements include:

·        Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is now certified for the full Java EE 6 platform specification, which enables higher developer productivity with standards-based, modern APIs, including Servlet 3.0, JAX-RS 1.1, Java Server Faces 2.1, EJB 3.1, Context and Dependency Injection for Java, and many others.

·        Oracle WebLogic Server developers can now leverage Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE) 7 features to create cleaner, more maintainable code.

·        Leveraging graphical tooling and open, PaaS Web Service APIs, Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder enables simplified configuration and packaging of multi-tier enterprise applications on environments virtualized with Oracle VM.

·        Improved integration between Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), which can auto detect and correct database node failures to help drive higher performance and simplify management.

·        Oracle WebLogic Server is optimized to run as a high performance, mission critical, elastic cloud infrastructure on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, the world‘s first and only engineered system for cloud computing. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is tested and tuned by Oracle to provide the best foundation for Java applications, Oracle applications and other enterprise applications with blazing performance.

·        Oracle WebLogic Server is also a key component of the new Oracle Java Cloud Service, an enterprise platform for developing, deploying and managing business-critical Java EE applications, which supports development and deployment from multiple Java-based integrated development environments (IDEs), including Oracle JDeveloper, NetBeans IDE and Eclipse.

These are just a few of the many reasons you may want to consider upgrading now. To learn more, plan to attend the webcast --It Pays to Upgrade to Oracle WebLogic Server –March 27 at 10 am PT, 1pm ET. Presenters Roger Freixa Vidal, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Oracle WebLogic, and Michael Ferrante, Principal Product Manager, Oracle Application Development Tools will explain how you can gain new functionality and unparalleled performance by upgrading. They’ll also explain just how easy that is to do.  


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Wednesday Mar 06, 2013

WebLogic Server- Integrated and Optimized with Best of Breed Oracle Offerings to Turbo Charge your Applications

Oracle WebLogic Server, a foundational technology in Oracle’s Cloud Application Foundation portfolio and a key enabling technology for Oracle’s Exalogic hardware/software engineered systems solution, is designed to help you seamlessly move into the public or private cloud with an open, standards-based architecture. WebLogic is further enhanced with technologies such as Java SE, Oracle Coherence and Oracle’sActive GridLink for RAC.

Runtime predictability and lower latency with Java SE and JRockit Real Time
Oracle Java SE Suite, the Java Runtime for Oracle WebLogic Suite, provides access to the  leading JVMs- HotSpot and Oracle JRockit—offering you the choice of the right tool for your performance needs and profile. Within Java SE Suite, Oracle JRockit Real Time uses deterministic garbage collection to reduce pause times to a consistent, predictable level.
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Scale linearly while improving performance and reliability with Oracle Coherence
Oracle Coherence, the industry leading in-memory data grid, pools and shares memory across multiple systems. Coherence adds in a layer of in-memory capability between your back end resources and the database allowing you to move data that your applications are accessing into memory close to the applications, improving performance and reliability.

Coherence is installable as part of WebLogic Server, and is managed and configured using WebLogic Server administration tools. Users can configure, start and stop, and monitor Coherence clusters from the WebLogic Server console, or from the WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST).

WebLogic Server and Coherence runtime integration includes Coherence Web for WebLogic Server session state management, programming model integration with annotations, and WebLogic JNDI integration with Coherence caches. Learn more.

Active GridLink for RAC Enhanced Performance and Availability
Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle RAC are designed to work together to provide an environment for highly performant, available and scalable applications.

Oracle WebLogic Server Active GridLink for RAC provides the best available support for RAC features in Oracle Database, minimizing database access time while allowing transparent access to pooling management functions that maximizes both connection performance and availability.

The combination of Oracle WebLogic Server Data Source and Connection Pooling solutions and Oracle RAC provides a high-end mission-critical environment offering performance, high scalability and availability features. Load-balancing and Affinity capabilities offer significant performance improvement for online transaction processing scenarios, as well as improving throughput and total response time. Failover solution gives end-to-end rapid failure detection supporting graceful shutdown for planned and unplanned Oracle RAC node outages. Learn more.

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