Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

Cloud Application Foundation--The Integrated Story


Welcome to the Oracle Cloud Application Foundation (CAF) blog- a place where we plan to share information and updates about Oracle’s Cloud platform which includes WebLogic Server, Tuxedo and Coherence in-memory data grid.

In these pages you will find interviews with technical experts, developers and industry leaders about technologies relevant to you. You will also find links to all of the CAF social media assets so you can easily view new topics and navigate to those that interest you most.

Even more importantly, it’s a place where we hope to hear from you. We would like to get your thoughts in the comments section about topics you would like to hear more (or less) about and any questions and suggestion you may have about the CAF portfolio.

The focus for this week’s blog is Cloud Application Foundation—The Integrated Story.

We hope you enjoy it. Check back often for new content and make sure to tell us what you think!

Cloud Application Foundation--The Integrated Story

So, what exactly is Oracle Cloud Application Foundation? How does it fit into the bigger picture?

The Oracle Cloud Application Foundation is the foundational infrastructure of Fusion Middleware which is a broad portfolio covering not only the core application server infrastructure in Cloud Application Foundation, but the development tools, enterprise management, identity management, service integration, data integration, business intelligence management, and user engagement.

Fusion Middleware is a complete, open, integrated, best in class solution that can be run on premise and in the cloud.


What technologies are included in CAF?

Drilling down into Cloud Application Foundation, you will see the fundamental, enabling technologies:

  • Virtual Assembly Builder
  • WebLogic Server
  • Coherence
  • Tuxedo
  • Traffic Director/Web Tier


WebLogic Server is the #1 application server across conventional and cloud environments. It provides the highest performance and scalability, dramatically simplifies deployment and management, and accelerates time to market with a modern, lightweight development platform. WebLogic server is designed to help you seamlessly move into the public or private cloud with an open, standards-based platform. It’s optimized to run your solutions for Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE); Oracle Fusion Middleware; and Oracle Fusion Applications. WebLogic is enhanced and integrated with transformational technologies such as Java EE 6, Oracle’sActive GridLink for RAC, Oracle Traffic Director, and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder. Learn more.

Oracle Coherence, the industry leading in-memory data grid, provides fast and reliable access to frequently used data. 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.

It can provide significant performance, scalability and reliability benefits due to being a clustered peer-peer in-memory data grid.  Common uses beyond caching include buffering and scaling access to backend data sources like databases and mainframes and doing in-memory queries and compute of data stored in the in-memory data grid.
Learn more.

Oracle Tuxedo Oracle Tuxedo is the C/C++/Cobol application server of choice, running mission-critical applications in conventional and cloud deployments. It is deeply integrated with WebLogic Server enabling bi-directional transactional communication between Java applications and C/C++/Cobol applications. Further, there are a variety of common use cases with Coherence as an in-memory data grid integrated with Tuxedo. Learn more.

Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder makes it possible for administrators to quickly configure and provision entire multi-tier application topologies onto virtualized and cloud environments. It helps you automate, provision, and be much more agile in rolling out new applications spanning many virtual machines, treating them as a single deployment and management blueprint. This makes lifecycle operations for these virtual machine assemblies - such as deployment, administering, patching and upgrading - significantly easier. Learn more.

Oracle Traffic Director/Web Tier is a fast, scalable layer-7 software load balancer that you can deploy as the reliable entry point for all HTTP and HTTPS traffic to application infrastructure in your network. By design, it is deeply integrated with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, complementing that engineered cloud solution. Learn more.

One of the key aspects of the Cloud Application Foundation is that it is not only the foundation of Oracle Fusion Middleware but it also the core platform underlying the Oracle Cloud at cloud.oracle.com as well as the key foundational cloud infrastructure for Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle’s engineered system for cloud deployments.

Watch here for regular updates and blogs about Cloud Application Foundation, WebLogic, Tuxedo and Coherence.

Are you considering cloud deployment on premise,  in the public cloud or in a hybrid model?
Have you determined what cloud infrastructure solution you plan to use?
Are you integrating multiple components for your cloud solution or getting a best of breed integrated solution?

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Related resources:

Many customers are coming to Cloud Application Foundation from other solutions or earlier generations of Oracle technologies including Oracle Internet Application Server. Are you an iAS customer who would like to learn more about WebLogic upgrade paths, tools and best practices?

If so, Click here to register for the webcast: Benefits, Strategies, and Best Practices for upgrading to Oracle WebLogic Server

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