Thursday Feb 05, 2015

OpenWorld 2014: Next up, Coherence Strategy & Roadmap

Oracle Coherence 12c leads the market with its in-memory data grid. Entries can be reliably processed in place, queried, and aggregated. Coherence scales applications to support growth, offloads and protects shared services in addition to delivering information in real time. Coherence is part of the Cloud Application Foundation along with WebLogic Server and Tuxedo.

Coherence has introduced a range of new features to help customers deliver next generation applications that scale to handle mobile, social, and "internet of things" demands. HotCache makes database updates available in real-time to applications. It detects and reflects database changes in cache in real time while leveraging existing technologies i.e. GoldenGate and TopLink Grid in order to broaden the applicability and usability of Coherence. Meanwhile, Managed Coherence Servers quickens time-to-market and simplifies operations. These servers combine WebLogic and Coherence infrastructure while introducing the Grid Archive (GAR).

This session reviews these features and takes a look at our most recent features and coming roadmap. Coherence provides new options for integration, including support for JCache (JSR-107), and new monitoring capabilities. We will also look at exciting innovative features like Recoverable Caching, Federated Caching, Multitenancy, and support for the Oracle Cloud. For other CAF sessions at OpenWorld you may want to review, visit

Friday Jan 30, 2015

Exciting News: Prime Content from OpenWorld 2014… Highlighting WebLogic Strategy and Roadmap

This one is for those of you who haven’t developed that app [iphone or otherwise] which defies the laws of physics and lets us be at two sessions at once at OpenWorld. The good folks at Oracle University recorded many OpenWorld sessions and some of the most prominent Cloud Application Foundation sessions are now available here. I wanted to kick it off with the WebLogic Server Strategy and Roadmap session hosted by Will Lyons, Head of WebLogic Product Management. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your weekend watching the show!

Will talks about how to leverage WebLogic today and in the future, sharing WebLogic’s current features as well as illustrating the product’s future capabilities in the impending 2015 release of WebLogic 12.1.3. Oracle is investing in several strategic areas for WebLogic and Java Cloud Service (JCS) to ensure complete flexibility for our customers with their cloud and on-premises applications. The investment areas include improved performance, scalability, and availability for applications deployed on WebLogic and JCS, cloud-level management to simplify provisioning of WebLogic environments, multitenancy, ease of deployment flexibility, improved developer environment, and more.

Recap WebLogic 12.1.3 — Easier Development, Cloud Scale Management, and the Java Cloud Service

In the most recent WebLogic version 12.1.3, released in July 2014, new features include improved Oracle Fusion Middleware product support, mobile client application development features, and performance and availability innovations from the beginning of the development lifecycle.

For instance, the OTN Free Developer license makes WebLogic easier to get started and free for development on developer desktops, and includes refined language to broaden applicability and usage. With traditional Oracle licensing, developers could develop on their desktop for free but once applications were put in production, licensing fees would apply on the desktop where applications were developed. Now, the entire development lifecycle is free. Developer zip updates also update zip distributions with Patch Set updates for automatic bug fixes and common developer issues.

Other improvements include high availability and performance via simplified disaster recovery with 3x better output due to transactional updates without TLOG transaction writes, and Exalogic optimizations such as JMS replicated stores. Improvements in cloud scale management also see dynamic clusters that eliminate the need to create clustered configuration and managed server configurations to those clusters (ie machines, listen ports, etc.), allowing for enhanced JMS support and maximum scaling. In doing this, there is seamless upgrade, application compatibility, and interoperability with previous WebLogic versions, as well as flexibility and choice for development and runtime. Developers can now take advantage of all the latest Java SE technology, such as JDK 8 improved memory management features.

Perhaps one of the most exciting developments in WebLogic 12.1.3 is the release of Oracle Java Cloud Service, which allows customers to deploy full-featured WebLogic instances anywhere with full ability to move applications on-premise to the cloud and vice versa. Java Cloud Service includes a self-service provisioning interface which makes it easier to provision clusters and domains. There is also an option of exposing the entire surface area of the WebLogic server to do whatever you need to replicate on-premise environments to the Oracle cloud and vice-versa, with full compatibility.

WebLogic 12.2.1 Roadmap — What is Coming?

WebLogic 12.2.1, to be released in 2015, will see even further advancements including multitenancy, built-in elasticity, a REST-based management infrastructure, disaster recovery improvements, Java EE 7 support, and more seamless Exalogic integration. A truly differentiating factor is WebLogic’s multitenancy capabilities - in other words, its ability to run applications supporting multiple tenants within the same server cluster, domain, or instance.

A brand new innovation in WebLogic is a new configuration construct called a partition, which represents a ‘slice’ of a domain that can span all the servers running in your domain. Each partition can be dedicated to tenants, providing appropriate levels of end-to-end isolation of resources among partitions so you can deploy resources individually though they share a domain. Examples include memory and CPU isolation at the JVM level, or separate work managers. This concept is highly significant as it dramatically decreases density of deployments on WebLogic server, and allows customers to get far better utilization of their infrastructure. It is also a great use for consolidation--ie departmental applications that maintain isolation between multiple applications but want the same domain.

This multitenancy provides strategic end-to-end value that is completely unique to Oracle, as it will be implemented not just at the application server level but will be integrated into the entire Cloud Application Foundation stack. Elastic clusters in WebLogic 12.2.1 will also define configurable rules for cluster scaling that will help customers define actions like scaling a cluster up or down, scheduling defined by workloads or time of day, or driving other configuration changes.

Finally, there are also improvements to the Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 12c, on which WebLogic Server is supported and optimized for. In 2015, Exalogic will allow for capabilities to build private clouds that run on the same IaaS and PaaS provisioning technology in Java Cloud Service, as well as similar interfaces.

Well, I really cant cover 45 minutes worth of content in one blog, although I tried. So go ahead and take a listen at Will’s sessions that is hosted at Next week, we will highlight the Coherence Roadmap and Strategy session for the in-memory data grid buffs amongst you.

Friday Nov 14, 2014

But what about portability and migration?


Providing traditional RASP [Reliability, Availability, Scalability, and Performance] support is necessary but not enough for cloud success. According to about 80 percent of survey respondents, achieving unified, standards-based interoperability among public and private clouds—as well as traditional datacenters—is critical. This includes the ability to use the same standards and code base to deploy applications on either public or private clouds without the cost and delay of rewriting or retesting those applications.


With all the enthusiasm around public and private clouds, respondents are fully aware of areas of caution about migrating both applications and data to the cloud. The most important, cited by 78 percent for private cloud users and 76 percent for public cloud users, is migrating high-performance applications—or those with stringent security requirements—to either type of cloud. Other concerns include both public and private cloud not being able to support mission-critical applications, legal and regulatory requirements, security and isolation from other customers, vendor viability, vendor lock-in, integration cost and delays, and lack of reliable usage metrics.

For more insights into what the market and experts are considering on this topic, please read the ComputerWorld Survey Report.

Friday Oct 17, 2014

Customers Speak: Cloud Needs Guarantees, PaaS Growing Rapidly

Do you want to know what mission-critical capabilities the market is prioritizing for cloud platform as a service [PaaS]? Are you wondering what development language your peers are choosing for cloud?

A new survey of 300 IT executives conducted by ComputerWorld Strategic Marketing Services on Cloud adoption helps answer these questions and more. The report highlights:

  • The current state of cloud adoption in the marketplace
  • Key challenges to cloud PaaS adoption
  • The most critical cloud PaaS capabilities
  • User requirements the market prioritizes
Read this Computer World Survey Report to learn how your cloud plans stack against your peers’ and what your priorities should be.

Thursday May 08, 2014

Reliance Commercial Finance Accelerates Time-to-Market, Improves IT Staff Productivity by 70%

Reliance Commercial Finance provides loans for real estate, commercial and private vehicles, construction equipment, and infrastructure to more than 70,000 customers, including businesses and individuals. The company has an operational presence that spans 66 locations in India, and it is one of the fasting growing nonbanking financial companies in the country.

With more than 2,000 users accessing the company’s core applications every day, the legacy IT infrastructure was struggling to process more than 6,000 daily transactions, especially during peak periods, such as the last five days of each month. It was also time-consuming and costly to manage and track customer-loan applications and approvals across multiple systems. The legacy system increased customer churn and time to market. 

To address these issues, the company implemented Oracle WebLogic Suite and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to ensure high-performance, high availability, and scalability for its core applications. It also enabled seamless integration with Oracle Exadata Database Machine. These implementations accelerated loan transaction speed by 30% and increased IT staff members’ productivity by 70%. In addition, the financial institution improved its competitiveness by accelerating the customer loan approval process by 3x and slashing new application deployments from eight weeks to one day, thereby increasing customer satisfaction. Complete details of Reliance Commercial Finance's use case can be found here.

Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

NEC Touts Oracle WebLogic Active GridLink for RAC Benefits

Japanese multinational, NEC corporation, plans on offering the unique Active GridLink for RAC, providing intelligent integration between Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), to customers for its higher performance, availability, and simplified operations. Check out Naoto Kashiwagi, Assistant Manager, NEC discuss Active GridLink benefits in great detail.

Wednesday Mar 26, 2014

Therap Services replaces JBoss with WebLogic: Improved Application Speed and Management

Therap Services is a web-based service organization that provides an integrated solution for documentation, reporting and communication needs of agencies providing support to people with developmental disabilities. It is a niche segment in the health sector. Its products and services are used by people in over 48 states in the US and by governments in at least five US states. Therap was using JBoss application server and managing it was becoming difficult. JBoss messaging proved difficult as well with out of band situations that it couldn't handle. Therap opted for WebLogic as their primary application delivery platform. Now Oracle Enterprise Manager [OEM] and JVM Diagnostics [JVMD] provide deep monitoring and visibility into the application stack. These tools have uncovered many bottlenecks in the Therap application that otherwise wouldn't have been found and fixed. "The benefits and results of Oracle solutions are huge", says Mojahedul Hoque Abul Hasanat (Masum), CTO, Therap Services. The performance relative to JBoss are order of magnitude higher, he says. Watch this video and find out more details.

Thursday Jan 23, 2014

Future-Proof Your Applications

Ever wonder why it makes sense to consolidate your application infrastructure on WebLogic?

The reasons are many. Firstly, WebLogic is Oracle’s strategic application server. Consolidating on the latest release provides better runtime capabilities and increased efficiency. WebLogic has one of the industry's best [if not the best] backward compatibility. Because thousands of customers have done it and they have been successful and in the process the kinks in the process have been ironed out......

Packed with customer success stories, this e-book provides insights, proof points, and best practices for you to drive the transition. Learn from many other WebLogic and Oracle iAS customers why it makes sense to consolidate on the latest WebLogic release, whether you are operating a traditional data center or transforming it to the cloud.

Register and download this ebook now!

Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

NCH's Industrial Chemicals Business With Scalable WebLogic

NCH is the leading global provider of industrial maintenance solutions. The company is focused on industrial cleaning and maintenance, water treatment and remediation, plumbing, pet care, and specialty industrial supplies.  NCH relies on Oracle Fusion Middleware and WebLogic provides process and application integration with superior scalability. Enterprise Manager provides integrated management. Predominantly an E-Business workshop user, initially NCH was slightly overwhelmed about using Fusion Middleware. However, they found that WebLogic is pretty easy to install and configure. "Basically, we have one managed server and two admin servers, and it hardly took us time to troubleshoot our issues", says Rameshwar Balanagu, Fusion Architect at NCH. Watch this video to learn more.

Wednesday Oct 30, 2013

WebLogic How-to Videos: Install, Upgrade, & Patch

Here is another great YouTube video by our product manager Monica Riccelli. She talks about installers now being standardized in Oracle for greater consistency -- no more WebLogic native installers. Also, JDK is no longer a part of the WebLogic install. The various installers she discusses include OUI, ZIP, OEPE, Coherence and more. Monica then takes us through a step by step install process.

After the install process is complete the video takes us through the configuration wizard. The ZIP installer is then discussed and its effectiveness, such as it being the smallest downloadable option, easy, and very popular with our customers and limitations (such as for development only and not to be used in production) highlighted. Monica then takes us through the configuration wizard, its usage, and when to use WLST scripts. The video then discusses NodeManager and its usage and discusses how to reconfigure a WebLogic domain on upgrade – through our GUI tools or through command line interface. Lastly, it highlights Opatch – a patch application tool used by our customers and standardized across all Oracle products. Really detailed video. Check it out! 

Monday Oct 14, 2013

Whitepaper: The Department of Defense (DoD) and Open Source Software

With tight budgets organizations throughout the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) see the appeal of the open source model. Open source software (OSS) includes operating systems, applications, and programs in which the source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute that code without paying royalties or fees. Open source “products” typically evolve through community cooperation among individual programmers as well as very large companies. An open source license permits anybody in the community to study, change and distribute the software for free and for any purpose.

At first glance it might seem that DoD organizations can avoid buying commercial software products simply by starting with open source software and developing their own applications. As this white paper shows, total cost of ownership (TCO) for open source software often exceeds that of commercial software. While minimizing capital expenses by acquiring “free” open source software is appealing, the up-front cost of any software endeavor represents only a small fraction of the total outlay over the lifecycle of ownership and usage. And while cost effectiveness is important, it must be carefully weighed against mission-effectiveness.

This paper seeks to answer two questions:

1. What are the tangible and intangible costs that the government should bear under an open source licensing model?

2. What are the tradeoffs and risks associated with open source licensing models in relation to commercially available software?

Download this whitepaper today to ensure you are considering the various cost drivers of owning and operating an application environment.

Monday Sep 16, 2013

Therap Services at OpenWorld: Highlights Support for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Therap Services, LLC. is a web-based service organization that provides an integrated solution for documentation, reporting and communication needs of agencies providing support to people with developmental disabilities. It offers an easy and efficient alternative to the immense amount of paper work that is done manually by the care providers. Therap’s software suite is relevant to all the different kinds of service organizations that support and care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Therap is used in over 1,000 agencies, in small agencies serving as few as one individual to multi-state providers serving thousands of individuals. The modules can be categorized under Individual Support, Staff Support and Billing and Attendance Support. Therap uses Oracle Database and had been using JBoss as the application server for their mission critical application.  As Therap has grown, they have experienced several performance issues with JBoss – specifically problems with JBoss Messaging.  As Therap continues to expand their business, they felt the need for a more robust solution for their core business application.  Additionally, Therap needed a more advanced monitoring solution for both internal and external transactions on multiple layers:  application, database, application server. They chose Oracle WebLogic Server for three main reasons:  1) Extremely high confidence level in the Oracle Product Management team expertise, 2) Access to a better support system with product integration and best practices, and 3) Oracle’s proven reliability history.  Come join Therap Services CTO Masum at OpenWorld to hear about how Therap leverages Oracle WebLogic Server with Oracle Enterprise Manager to really take their applications to the next level. In addition, while at OpenWorld don’t miss other Cloud Application Foundation Innovators. You can join the session whether you are an OpenWorld attendee or not.

Friday Aug 30, 2013

WebLogic Active GridLink for RAC: Check out NEC results!

Oracle WebLogic Active GridLink for RAC is the market-leading mid-tier integration solution leveraging additional Oracle RAC advancements. Oracle and NEC have jointly invested on verifying and testing the Active GridLink for RAC solution which provides a high-availability, scalability and high performance solution for helping customer building mission critical applications. In addition, WebLogic Server is the only application server which has been fully integrated and certified with Oracle Database without losing any capabilities in Java EE implementation with respect to security, transaction, connection pooling , management, and more.

NEC has constructed high availability systems with WebLogic Server and Oracle Real Application Cluster. It investigated advantages and features of the GridLink data source focusing on high availability and flexibility that GridLink data source achieves in integrating with Oracle RAC. The purpose of these tests is to get high serviceability by diverting system integration know-how of JDBC data source already storing, in addition to using these functions. The following are functions which the GridLink data sources were tested for.

1. Runtime Connection Load Balancing(RCLB)

2. Web Session Affinity

3. Fast Connection Failover (FCF)

4. Performance Improvement by Dynamic Changes in RAC Topology

Join us in this OpenWorld session as we discuss the detailed Active GridLink capabilities and the testing results obtained by NEC. We will also discuss the new functionality introduced with Oracle Database 12c.

Tuesday Feb 12, 2013

5 Reasons to Upgrade to WebLogic Webcast: Your Questions Answered

Do you need to optimize your middleware performance and manageability? Are you looking to consolidate your application infrastructure to a modern shared-services or cloud infrastructure? To answer these questions and more we hosted a live webcast with Mike Lehmann, Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle iAS recently.

The live webcast was a major success thanks to all of you who attended and participated. It generated great enthusiasm and many questions most of which we answered during the live session. However, by popular demand, we have enclosed a link below to the all of the questions and answers from the webcast.

Q&A from 5 Reasons to Upgrade to Oracle WebLogic Server

It’s not too late

If you missed the live webcast, don’t worry. You can view it on demand at:

5 Reasons to Upgrade to Oracle WebLogic Server on demand

Listen to Mike discuss iAS to WebLogic upgrade paths, tools, and best practices for various data center configurations and highlight the benefits of upgrading to WebLogic and describes some of its rich capabilities including:

  • Lightweight, Modern Development Experience
  • High Density, High Performance Virtualization
  • Complete Visibility, Diagnosibility and Management of WebLogic and iAS

For more information, follow WebLogic on:
Twitter: @OracleWebLogic

Friday Feb 08, 2013

Deltek Highlights Smooth Upgrade to WebLogic, Plus Cool New Features

Listen to Dmitri Tyles, Senior Director of Development at Deltek -- a global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-oriented businesses -- discuss their reasons for upgrading to WebLogic 12c and their experience with the upgrade process. Deltek has about 14,000-plus customers and 1.8 million users Dmitri Tyles, Senior Director of Development at Deltek -- a global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-oriented businesses -- discuss their reasons for upgrading to WebLogic 12c and their experience with the upgrade process. Deltek has about 14,000-plus customers and 1.8 million users around the world in 80 countries. Needless to say the stakes are high. They were able to upgrade "Costpoint" with 1,500 applications to WebLogic 12c in about six weeks. They did run into a couple defects along the way which were reported to Oracle and fixes received pretty quickly. The rest of the upgrade was pretty smooth, Dmitri says. He goes on to talk about a particular feature which was really key for Deltek -- the support Oracle RAC. WebLogic always supported Oracle RAC, Dmitri claims, but the previous solution required a fair amount of manual maintenance from a WebLogic administrator. So for example, if a RAC administrator on a database side would add another node to the cluster, a WebLogic administrator would have to go in and manually update the same settings on WebLogic Server and add this node and register it. With the Active GridLink solution that Oracle has included in WebLogic, this is no longer necessary. So WebLogic is completely aware of all the changes happening to the RAC and, as such, all this ongoing maintenance is completely eliminated. 

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