Wednesday Nov 04, 2015

Register for Oracle WebLogic Multitenant Webcast

On November 18, 2015 at 10 AM Pacific Time, Oracle will deliver a webcast on Oracle WebLogic Multitenant: The World’s First Cloud-Native, Enterprise Java Platform.  

Although the title focuses on multitenancy, we will cover additional new capabilities in Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence 12.2.1.   The webcast will include live chat, demos, and commentary from customers and partners on their planned deployments and benefits, along with product expert deep dives.    

Please register here and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about using partitions as lightweight microcontainers, consolidating with multitenancy to reduce TCO, leveraging multi-datacenter high availability architectures, and maximizing developer and DevOps productivity for your public and private cloud platforms.  See you in two weeks!

Monday Oct 26, 2015

Announcing Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1

Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1 (12cR2) is now generally available.  The release was highlighted in Larry Ellison's Oracle OpenWorld keynote Sunday night, and was formally announced today in Inderjeet Singh's Oracle OpenWorld General Session and in a press release.  Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1 is available for download on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) at the Oracle Fusion Middleware Download page, and the Oracle WebLogic Server Download page.   The product documentation is posted along with all documentation for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.2.1, which has also been made available.   

Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1 is the biggest WebLogic Server product release in many years.    We intend to provide extensive detail about its new features in videos and blogs posted here over the coming weeks.   Consider this note an initial summary on some of the major new feature areas:

  • Multitenancy
  • Continuous Availability
  • Developer Productivity and Portability to the Cloud


WebLogic Server multitenancy enables users to consolidate applications and reduce cost of ownership, while maintaining application isolation and increasing flexibility and agility.   Using multitenancy, different applications (or tenants) can share the same server JVM (or cluster), and the same WebLogic domain, while maintaining isolation from each other by running in separate domain partitions.  

A domain partition is an isolated subset of a WebLogic Server domain, and its servers.  Domain partitions act like microcontainers, encapsulating applications and the resources (datasources, JMS servers, etc) they depend on.  Partitions are isolated from each other, so that applications in one partition do not disrupt applications running in other partitions in the same server or domain. An amazing set of features provide these degrees of isolation.   We will elaborate on them here over time.

Though partitions are isolated, they share many resources - the physical system they run on or the VM, the operating system, the JVM, and WebLogic Server libraries.  Because they share resources, they use fewer resources.   Customers can consolidate applications from separate domains into fewer domains, running in fewer JVMs in fewer physical systems.  Consolidation means fewer entities to manage, reduced resource consumption, and lower cost of ownership.

Partitions are easy to use.  Applications can be deployed to partitions without changes, and we will be providing tools to enable users to migrate existing applications to partitions.   Partitions can be exported from one domain and imported into other domains, simplifying migration of applications across development, test and production environments, and across private and public clouds. Partitions increase application portability and agility, giving development, DevOps, test and production teams more flexibility in how they develop, release and manage production applications.   

WebLogic Server's new multitenancy features are integrated with innovations introduced across the Oracle JDK, Oracle Coherence, Oracle Traffic Director, and Oracle Fusion Middleware and are closely aligned with Oracle Database Pluggable Databases.   Over time you will see multitenancy being leveraged more broadly in the Oracle Cloud and Oracle Fusion Middleware. Multitenancy represents a significant new innovation for WebLogic Server and for Oracle.

Continuous Availability

Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1 introduces new features to minimize planned and unplanned downtime in multi data center configurations.    Many WebLogic Server customers have implemented disaster recovery architectures to provide application availability and business continuity.   WebLogic Server's new continuous availability features will make it easier to create, optimize and manage such configurations, while increasing application availability.  They include the following:

  • Zero-downtime patching provides an orchestration framework that controls the application of patches across clusters to maintain application availability during patching. 
  • Live partition migration enables migration of partitions across clusters within the same domain, effectively moving applications from one cluster to another, again while maintaining application availability during the process. 
  • Oracle Traffic Director provides high performance, high availability load balancing, and enables optimized traffic routing and load balancing during patching and partition migration operations. 
  • Cross-site transaction recovery enables automated transaction recovery across active-active configurations when a site fails. 
  • Oracle Coherence 12.2.1 federated caching allows users to replicate data grid updates across clusters and sites to maintain data grid consistency and availability in multi data center configurations.
  • Oracle Site Guard enables the automation and reliable orchestration of failover and failback operations associated with site failures and site switchovers.

These features, combined with existing availability features in WebLogic Server and Coherence, give users powerful capabilities to meet requirements for business continuity, making WebLogic Server and Coherence the application infrastructure of choice for highly available enterprise environments.   We intend to augment these capabilities over time for use in Oracle Cloud and Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Developer Productivity and Portability to the Cloud

Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1 enables developers to be more productive, and enables portability of applications to the Cloud.    To empower the individual developer, Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1 supports Java SE 8 and the full Java Enterprise Edition 7 (Java EE 7) platform, including new APIs for developer innovation.   We're providing a new lightweight Quick Installer distribution for developers which be easily patched for consistency with test and production systems.  We've improved deployment performance, and updated IDE support provided in Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle NetBeans.   Improvement for WebLogic Server developers are paired with dramatic new innovations for building Oracle Coherence applications using standard Java SE 8 lambdas and streams.

Team development and DevOps tools complement the features provided above, providing portability between on-premise environments and the Oracle Cloud.   For example, Eclipse- and Maven-based development and build environments can easily be pushed to the Developer Cloud Service in the Oracle Cloud, to enable team application development in a shared, continuous integration environment. Applications developed in this manner can be deployed to traditional WebLogic Server domains, or to WebLogic Server partitions, and soon to Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1 running in the Java Cloud Service.   New cloud management and portability features, such as comprehensive REST management APIs, automated elasticity for dynamic clusters, partition management, and continued Docker certification provide new tools for flexible deployment and management control of applications in production both on premise and in the Oracle Cloud.  

All these and many other features make Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1 a compelling release with technical innovation and business value for customers building Java applications.   Please download the product, review the documentation and evaluate it for yourself.  And be sure check back here for more information from our team.

Tuesday Jun 30, 2015

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation Innovation Awards Now Open for Nominations!

Is your organization using Oracle Cloud Application Foundation that includes Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Coherence and Oracle Tuxedo to deliver unique business value? The Innovation Awards awards honor our customers and partners for their cutting-edge solutions. Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture.

The 2015 awards will be presented during Oracle OpenWorld 2015, October 26-29, in San Francisco.

Submit your nomination for WebLogic/Coherence/Tuxedo by July 31!

Award winners receive:

  • Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Award for WebLogic trophy
  • One free pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2015
  • Priority consideration for placement in Profit magazine, Oracle Magazine, or other Oracle publications and press releases
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation logo for inclusion on your own website and/or press release   

All nominees receive consideration for:

  • Participating in OpenWorld panels and speaking opportunities
  • Featured Customer Success Story on
  • Placement in Profit magazine and/or Oracle Magazine
  • Placement in an Oracle press release or Oracle Fusion Middleware podcast
Nomination deadline: 5:00 p.m. PT July 31, 2015
All nominated solutions should be in production or in active pilot phase

For additional information, please email

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

Thursday Dec 04, 2014

TUI Travel: 200% More Revenue with WebLogic and Coherence

TUI Travel is a leading provider of travel solutions, operating in 110 countries. They were faced with a challenge of scaling their solutions and providing data in real time to customers. Here's Facundo Rua, Head of Technology, on how WebLogic and Coherence 12c drastically increased their response times and revenue.

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Announcing WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance

Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance 12.1.3 offers a complete solution for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications in a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, and networking that delivers highly available database and WebLogic services. The world's most popular database, Oracle Database and the industry's best application server, WebLogic Server have been combined in this industry-unique appliance to provide high availability and the simplicity of One-Button deployment. And to top it all off, it reduces IT cost with a unique capacity-on-demand software licensing model.

Here you can download the new version of WebLogic on ODA 12.1.3 which offers WebLogic templates for 11g  (10.3.6), 12c (12.1.2 and 12.1.3).

The following highlighted new features are included in this release:

  • Oracle Database 12c support on ODA integrated with WebLogic Server.
  • WebLogic on ODA provisioning tool now offers not only multi domain and multi cluster options in the wizard-driven templates, but also the single WebLogic instance provisioning.
  • Provides Coherence provisioning in the wizard-driven templates.
  • Much faster provisioning with new ‘snap’ feature
  • New licensing options include a 'pool' of WebLogic licenses with min/max range, that can be allocated to WebLogic, Oracle Traffic Director and other Oracle Cloud Application Foundation products.

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!

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Drink Milk or Got a Pet? Watch what IDEXX Laboratories and Oracle do for you

IDEXX Laboratories is the global market leader in diagnostics and IT for animal health [with 50,000 veterinary practices worldwide], and water and milk quality. Watch this video where Brett Curtis, Senior System Administrator from IDEXX, discusses their business applications and laboratory information management systems. IDEXX uses Oracle WebLogic Server, SOA Suite, Coherence, Enterprise Manager and more. Enterprise Manager is used to manage their entire stack and has enabled IDEXX to achieve an astounding 90% reduction in time to find root cause of problems in their application infrastructure.

Friday Oct 11, 2013

Virtual Developer Day for WebLogic: November 5th

We're excited to announce an upcoming FREE virtual developer day focused on WebLogic (and Coherence).

This day, focused on developers, will guide you through tooling updates and best practices around creating applications with WebLogic and Coherence as target platforms. We'll also explore advances in how you can manage your build, deploy and ongoing management processes to streamline your application's life cycle. And of course, we'll conclude with some hands-on labs that ensure this isn't all a bunch of made-up stuff - get your hands dirty in the code!

November 5, 2013
9am PT/12pm ET

We're offering two tracks for your attendance, though of course you're free to attend any session you wish. The first will be for pure developers with sessions around developing for WebLogic with HTML5, processing live events with Coherence, and looking at development tooling. The second is for developers who are involved in the building and management processes as part of the application life cycle. These sessions focus on using Maven for builds, using Chef and Puppet for configuration and more.

We look forward to seeing you there, and don't forget to invite a friend!

Thursday Oct 03, 2013

Avocent's VP of Engineering: Leveraging WebLogic & More for DCIM Offering

Just prior to OpenWorld I wrote about our customer Emerson's Avocent division, the cutting edge work they are doing with their DCIM offering, and Steve Blackwell's sessions at OOW [Read the blog here]. We got lucky and were able to catch Steve live at OpenWorld for an OTN interview in which he offers further details on their Trellis platform, how it leverages Oracle WebLogic Suite, Oracle Coherence, Oracle Complex Event Processing, Oracle Service Bus and other Oracle technologies to offer a state-of-the-art platform for their customers.

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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Thursday Jan 03, 2013

Turkcell's usage of WebLogic and Coherence across its Telecom. Environment

Turkcell is the leading mobile phone operator of Turkey, based in Istanbul. The company has over 35 million subscribers with over 53% marketshare. In this video, Mike Lehmann, Senior Director of Product Management at Oracle and Niyazi Fellahoglu, Senior Expert, Application & Web Server Administrator at Turkcell discuss how Turkcell is using Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence throughout the organization. Niyazi discusses their application architecture which is multi-tiered with load balancer, web tier, application tier, and business logic tier. The applications are of many types -- web based applications, messaging applications, SOA-based applications and more. With most of their applications running on WebLogic, Turkcell has a large deployment with around 550 machines, 400 domains, and 1600 instances of WebLogic Server, which has enabled high performance, scalability, stability, and ease of use across its environment. Turkcell has a robust backend infrastructure, processing 70 million messages per day. Niyazi discusses how the environment is on ‘auto pilot’J taking advantage WLST scripting. In addition, they are using Oracle Coherence for session management, server affinity, and uninterrupted performance. Turkcell is using Coherence for its classic use cases -- for offloading from backend into Coherence. Turkcell customers demand long lived (never ending) sessions. Offloading session management to Coherence enables this and makes customers happy. Another use case is to provide customers with uninterrupted service during new instance deployment or upgrade etc which again results in increased customer sat. Turkcell plans to use Enterprise manager 12c for consolidation planner and other capabilities like managing the Coherence clusters.

Sunday Dec 18, 2011

WebLogic Weekly for December 19th, 2011: 12c Q+A, Java EE 6 Compatible, MOXy and JAXB, TopLink Grid for JPA with Coherence, RichFaces and SCA on WLS 12c, GlassFish Deployment Support, New Administration Book, SSL for WLS

Q+A from WebLogic Server 12c Launch

During the various launch sessions that were held for 12c, the Product Management team were conducting a live Q+A session with the attendees in the accompanying chat rooms. A combined transcript with the questions and answers has now been collated and posted to OTN. If you have questions about 12c, or just want more details, then this is a must read!

WebLogic Server 12c - Java EE 6 Full Profile Compatible Implementation

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is now proudly listed on the formal Java EE 6 Full Profile Compatible Implementations page. WebLogic Server 12c Certification Details

Deploying WebLogic SCA Applications to WebLogic Server 12c

Edwin Biemond uses WebLogic Server 12c and OEPE 12c to create and deploy a sample SCA component on the new product releases.

With the help of the Oracle Enterprise for Eclipse 12.1.1 ( OEPE ) we can build WebLogic SCA application and deploy it on WebLogic 12c. This allows you to write Java applications using POJOs and, through different protocols, expose components as SCA services and access other components via references.

Running RichFaces 4.1.0.Final on WebLogic Server 12c

Markus Eisele shows RichFaces 4.1.0 running on WebLogic Server 12c, using a snippet taken from the RichFaces showcase as the example. Markus comments on the change we've made in the 12c release in how we supply and use the JavaServer Faces API and default implementation.

Unlike with earlier version of WLS (compare my older post) JSF 2.x and JSTL 1.2 have been incorporated directly into the server's classpath. Applications deployed to WebLogic Server can seamlessly make use of JSF 2.x and JSTL 1.2 without requiring developers to deploy and reference separate shared libraries.

EclipseLink MOXy is the JAXB Provider in WebLogic Server 12c

Blaise Doughan, Team lead for the TopLink / EclipseLink JAXB & SDO implementations here at Oracle discuss the EclipseLink MOXy JAXB implementation that is now the default JAXB provider in WebLogic Server 12. He shows an example of using MOXy to create a JAX-WS Web Service.

Since MOXy is the default JAXB provider we can leverage all of its mapping extensions. In this example we will use @XmlPath to do XPath based mapping.

WebLogic Server with TopLink Grid: Overview of using JPA with Coherence as L2 Cache

Jeff West from the Product Management team has produced a very enlightening series of screen cams where he discusses the outstanding TopLink Grid feature, it's design, how it works and how it can used with WebLogic Server. Want to scale out your JPA applications, check this screen cam set out!

"I have learned more about Coherence watching your 2 videos than reading twice all the manuals"!/jeffreyawest/status/147796459067150336

Scaling up from GlassFish to WebLogic Server

Markus Eisele has yet another blog posting, this time looking at the new feature that enables the easier deployment of GlassFish web applications to WebLogic Server ( and by reading and reusing configuration settings from the the glassfish-web.xml deployment descriptor.

New Book: WebLogic Administration Essentials

It's always great to see experts willing to share their (usually!) hard won knowledge with the community. Michel Schildmeijer has authored a new book for Packt Publishing, "Oracle Weblogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials". If you're looking to further, or renew your knowledge on using WebLogic Server, would be worth adding to your list of books to review.

Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials is a focused step-by-step tutorial that provides an overview of the important administrative tasks performed by WebLogic Server administrators.

New Book: WebLogic Administration Essentials

It's always great to see experts willing to share their (usually!) hard won knowledge with the community. Michel Schildmeijer has authored a new book for Packt Publishing, "Oracle Weblogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials". If you're looking to further, or renew your knowledge on using WebLogic Server, would be worth adding to your list of books to review.

Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials is a focused step-by-step tutorial that provides an overview of the important administrative tasks performed by WebLogic Server administrators.

Configuring SSL for Oracle Weblogic (and OFMW)

Jan van Zoggel summarizes the steps he uses to configure and enable a WebLogic Server domain to use SSL.

WebLogic Server 12c - Identifying Versions of Modules, Libraries, Frameworks

Yours truly offers up a quick blog showing the versions and locations of a small selection of the various modules, libraries and frameworks included in WebLogic Server 12c.

One approach to doing this is to use the wls-cat utility to search for a known class from the framework, module or open-source framework you are interested in looking at, and observing where the class is loaded from and the corresponding library version.

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