Tuesday Mar 24, 2015

Oracle WebLogic Server Now Running on Docker Containers

We are very excited to announce that Oracle WebLogic Server is now certified to run on Docker containers. As part of the certification, we are releasing Dockerfiles and supporting scripts on GitHub to build images for Oracle WebLogic Server.  These images are built as an extension of existing Oracle Linux images Oracle Linux Images. You can use these Oracle WebLogic Server Docker images or create your own. To help you with this, we have posted Dockerfiles and scripts on GitHub as examples for you to get started.

Docker is a platform that enables users to build, package, ship and run distributed applications. Docker users package up their applications, and any dependent libraries or files, into a Docker image. Docker images are portable artifacts that can be distributed across Linux environments. Images that have been distributed can be used to instantiate containers where applications can run in isolation from other applications running in other containers on the same host operating system.

The table below describes the certification provided for various WebLogic Server versions. You can use these combinations of Oracle WebLogic Server, JDK, Linux and Docker versions when building your Docker images.

 Oracle WebLogic Server
JDK Version
Host OS
Kernel Docker Version
 12.1.3  7/8  Oracle Lunux 6 UL 5+
 Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (3.8.13)+
 1.3.3+
 12.1.3  7/8  Oracle Linux 7 UL 0+

 Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (3.8.13)+

or

Red Hat  Compatible Kernel (3.10)+

 1.3.3+
 12.1.3  7/8

 Red Hat Enterprise

Linux 7+

 Red Hat  Enterprise Linux Kernel (3.10)+  1.3.3+

For additional details on the most current Oracle WebLogic Server supported configurations please refer to Oracle Fusion Middleware Certification Pages.

These Dockerfiles and scripts we have provided enable users to create clustered and non-clustered Oracle WebLogic Server domain configurations, including both development and production running on a single host operating system or VMs. Each server running in the resulting domain configurations runs in its Docker container, and is capable of communicating as required with other servers. For documentation on how to use these Dockerfiles and scripts, see the whitepaper on OTN.  The Oracle WebLogic Server on Docker and Demo  video presents our certification effort and shows a Demo of WebLogic Server running on Docker Containers. Other configurations and approaches are possible, but we hope these help get you started. We look forward to your feedback.

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 http://bit.ly/oow14cafsessions

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 http://bit.ly/oow14cafsessions. Next week, we will highlight the Coherence Roadmap and Strategy session for the in-memory data grid buffs amongst you.

Monday Jan 12, 2015

WebLogic Server and the Oracle Maven Repository

http://maven.oracle.com

The Oracle Maven Repository has just gone live and is now available for public access. 

This really is excellent news and provides developers with free and easy access (registration required) to APIs, libraries and utilities they regularly use to build applications with WebLogic Server. 

From a WebLogic Server perspective, the Oracle Maven Repository provides publicly accessible, online, on-demand access to the full set of Maven product artifacts that have been provided in the 12c (12.1.2, 12.1.3) releases. This includes the WebLogic Server APIs, the client libraries and the WebLogic Server Maven Plugin.  It also includes the similar set of Coherence artifacts that ship within the WebLogic Server product distributions as well as other artifacts from the Oracle Fusion Middleware stack. 

To access the Oracle Maven Repository, there are two fundamental requirements to be aware of:

1. You must be using Maven 3.2.5 or later.  This contains the version of the component (Wagon 2.8) that has been enhanced to support access to artifacts that are protected by HTTP authentication schemes.

2. You must be registered with OTN and have accepted the agreement to access and use the Oracle Maven Repository.  This can be done with either a new or an existing OTN user account by accessing the http://maven.oracle.com site and clicking the registration link.  

Once registered, you then just need to configure your local Maven environment with the details of the Oracle Maven Repository, including information that relates to the authentication model specifying your OTN username and password.  Thorough documentation is provided and linked to from the main Oracle Maven Repository page.

The Maven provided password-encryption feature can be used to securely encrypt the password for convenient storage in a configuration file so that is not stored in human readable form and can be presented automatically when requested as part of accessing the Oracle Maven Repository. 

Once the repository is configured, developers can include dependencies on WebLogic Server artifacts in their projects and have them automatically retrieved from the Oracle Maven Repository as needed when the projects are being built or tests are being run from a Continuous Integration environment. 

The Oracle Maven Repository provides a significant step up for developer ease-of-use and productivity when working with WebLogic Server.

Thursday Jan 08, 2015

Can you put a dollar value on saving lives?

Did you know that dirty water kills about 5000 children per day? This according to The Guardian, a Pulitzer prize winning British newspaper. That's almost 2 million children per year! And this is not counting people who fall sick from ingesting dirty water and the lack of productivity for parents and children who invest [waste?] a fair part of their day in search of clean water. Heartbreaking! This is why Safe Water Kenya was born and Don Arnold, a veteran of the plumbing industry, took it upon himself to leverage his expertize and correct this situation.


Although Don started with Kenya, Safe Water has plans to expand to Ghana, Uganda and greater part of Africa. Once Oracle and mFrontiers joined hands with Don, we encouraged him to expand to Asia, where, inspite of all the progress and countries being super powers and what not, a vast majority of the people still dont have access to clean water.

Come and listen to this heart warming story of how Safe Water leveraged a Mobile app built on enterprise software technology, like WebLogic and the Oracle Database, to provide clean water to Kenyans and to provide accountability to its donors with complete and immediate transparency.



Friday Nov 14, 2014

But what about portability and migration?

SOLVING THE INTEROPERABILITY PUZZLE

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.

CONCERNS AND CONSIDERATIONS FOR MIGRATING EXISTING APPLICATIONS TO CLOUD

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 Oct 16, 2014

What does a Telecom Services Provider have in common with a Travel Group?

Verizon Communications and TUI Travel are winners of the Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation for the Cloud Application Foundation category at this year's OpenWorld. They were honored at the Oscar-like ceremony held on Tuesday, Sept 30th. [You can find an overview of the Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards Ceremony and the full list of winners across all 12 categories in the following blog post: And The Winners Are.... ].

Verizon's goal was to build a robust, high-availability solution that provides responses in less than 500 milliseconds while ensuring data integrity across multiple data centers. They wanted to create a common service layer and expose the in-memory grid as a service, which will allow other systems to leverage this platform and provide a better customer experience. The Verizon system now caches the entire customer base on Oracle Coherence grid (5 TB across multiple data centers) which reduces the load on the back-end Oracle Database by about 60 percent and improves the response time from 2.8 second to approx. 0.3 seconds. The Coherence grid-as-a-service enables customer information to be stored in one place and provides a 360-degree view of the customer from ordering to billing. 


The use case for TUI Travel, as expected, is very different. TUI's new transfer redesign project included a complete new set of functionalities to ensure that transfers during travel could be sold door to door or from any place to any place. In order to achieve this, a point in polygon algorithm is loaded in the Coherence Grid. This can detect if a given GPS point is inside the subset of polygons loaded into each Coherence grid node. Instead of refreshing (polling) the data from the database to Coherence, TUI Travel uses Golden Gate HotCache to push the changes to Coherence as soon as they happen. WebLogic 12c helps TUI to do side by side deployments and enables horizontal scaling. WebLogic also enabled TUI to reduce risks in the deployment and minimize total time for deployment.

Congratulations to Verizon and TUI Travel for winning this year's Oracle Excellence Awards for Fusion Middleware Innovation in the Cloud Application Foundation category! 

Thursday Jun 26, 2014

Indian Government Organization Saves $125,000 with Real-Time Insight for Decision-Making

Chhattisgarh Infotech and Biotech Promotion Society (CHiPS) is run by the government of Chhattisgarh, which became India’s newest and tenth-largest state in November 2000. CHiPS deployed Oracle WebLogic Server Enterprise Edition with Oracle WebCenter products as well as Oracle Web Tier to automate document workflow processes and provide a consistent and transparent decision-making process to meet statutory requirements. It reduced paper and document management costs by US$125,000 in one year, extended visibility for decision-making processes, enhanced collaboration between departments, increased business productivity through anytime-anywhere access to information, and enhanced citizen satisfaction. For more details, read this customer snapshot.

Friday May 09, 2014

BA, the German federal employment agency, ensures labor market services availability and performance

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), the German federal employment agency, is the leading provider of labor-market services in Germany. With more than 100,000 employees, BA is the largest German government agency and one of the largest employers in the country. Supporting more than 6 million customers and a rapidly growing IT department, BA needed an application infrastructure and management solution that could help to increase IT efficiency while decreasing complexity. To provide a comprehensive solution for its Oracle application platform, the agency decided to deploy Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Enterprise Manager. The combination provided BA with the availability, scalability, and performance to meet critical requirements, such as on-time job placements and compensation provisioning—while significantly reducing IT administration costs. Get more details from the recent BA case study and review their press release.

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.

Friday Feb 21, 2014

Part II: WebLogic-Database Integration Podcast Series

In this part two of a three-part series podcast, Oracle's WebLogic Database integration expert Monica Riccelli highlights capabilities from the brand new 12c integration such as application continuity and DRCP. Monica and I discuss the capabilities in detail along with customer use cases and benefits. Tune into the podcast.

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!

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