Thursday Jun 26, 2014

WebLogic Server, Coherence, Development Tools 12.1.3 Released

We're proud to announce the release of Cloud Application Foundation [CAF] 12.1.3 as part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.1.3 release. This includes updates to Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Coherence and Oracle development tooling, all released in tandem for maximum efficiency and ease of adoption.

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c continues to provide maximum choice of deployment options for the industry's leading application infrastructure platform, and introduces new support and integration with the broader Fusion Middleware 12c stack. WebLogic Server continues to offer a rich support of deployment choices through upgraded support for conventional on-premise systems and increased performance with Engineered Systems (such as Oracle Exalogic). Public cloud deployment options are also available, including the Oracle Cloud and third-party cloud providers such as Amazon, Windows Azure and others. These choices provide out-of-the-box compatibility with the world's most popular platforms, and allow for easy migration between these options as desired.
The WebLogic Server 12.1.3 release contains new features that extends its leadership in the application infrastructure marketplace, by making developers more productive, improving application performance and availability, and expanding options for cloud management and operations. Developers will see increasing support for Java EE 7 technologies, such as WebSockets, JAX-RS 2.0, JPA 2.1, and the Java API for JSON Processing, and also value-added capabilities like Server-Sent Events and unique WebSocket emulation capability. High availability and performance improvements include improvements to Database 12c integration support, transaction processing optimizations and multi-data center configuration guidance, and new performance optimizations for Exalogic systems. Manageability enhancements include improvements to dynamic clusters through whole server migration support, expanded support for REST-based management of WLS configurations, and new application and configuration management support in Oracle Fusion Middleware Control. Finally, WebLogic Server 12.1.3 is the foundation of the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.1.3 release, which adds Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Service Bus, Oracle Business Process Management, and other Fusion Middleware products to the 12c family of products that is supported on and integrated with WebLogic Server 12c.
Download Oracle WebLogic 12.1.3 here

The Oracle Coherence 12.1.3 update focuses on ease of integration with existing systems, developer enhancements and overall performance and functionality improvements. Specifically for developers, Coherence now provides support for the recently-approved JSR-107 (JCache) specification and Memcached clients to increase customer integration points and provide even more standards-based solutions. Further, Coherence now includes a JVisual VM Plugin, allowing more choices to manage and monitor the lifecycles of Coherence applications.
Focusing on Coherence's performance and functions, the 12.1.3 release delivers more performance when running on Oracle Exalogic, and includes new features such asynchronous 'EntryProcessors' and improvements to index creation. Elastic Data improvements make it easier than ever to create multi-terabyte data grids, and forward compatibility means that newer clients are now capable of connecting to older-versioned Coherence clusters.
Download Oracle Coherence 12.1.3 here (also available as part of the WebLogic Suite download)
Aligning with the CAF (and overall Oracle Fusion Middleware) 12.1.3 release, Oracle development tools - including Oracle JDeveloper, Oracle ADF and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse - have focused on providing support for the newest CAF product versions, as well as providing richer mobile development capabilities.
Focusing on open standards and enhancements, Oracle tools for 12.1.3 include extended Maven functionality, an enriched REST development experience, JPA and EJB development upgrades and coding features from the recently-released JDK 8. All tools support the Cloud Application Foundation (and broader Fusion Middleware) 12.1.3 releases.
>> Visit the Oracle Development Tools page here

Wednesday Feb 05, 2014

Fast Data in Action

      A demonstration of how Fusion Middleware can be used to build an architecture based on Oracle Event Processor, Coherence and Oracle Database for customers that have a requirement for a mixture of real-time processing, near-time analysis and long running batch analysis of the same or a similar data set. This use-case is certainly common in Financial Services where customers need to process market and financial data in real-time as well as analyse long-term trends in large data sets. This architecture will also be applicable to any industry where the customer has requirements for analysing data at different frequencies and volumes.

     For example:
       • Financial Services -- Real-time Market and Financial data
       • Commercial Banking -- Customer Experience
       • Retail -- Real-time point of sale analysis
       • Telecommunications -- Real-time billing analysis
       • Oil and Gas -- Drilling (upstream) analysis
       • Energy -- Smart metering
       • Logistics -- Vehicle location analysis

In January 2014 we recorded a webcast for Fast Data. Please see it here.

Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

NTT Communications Leverages Engineered Systems, WebLogic and Coherence for Real-Time Data Monitoring

NTT Communications and Oracle recently announced that NTT has successfully deployed a real-time network monitoring system based on Oracle’s Engineered Systems, as well as Oracle Coherence and Oracle Event Processing. NTT utilizes Oracle WebLogic Server at the core of its real-time data processing strategy.

The new system is able to process 1.4 million packets per second through in-memory streaming, and as a result, it can provide not only predictive failure detection, but also early alerts for unusual network situations. Some actions have also been automated, resulting in greater efficiency and significant annual cost reductions.
From NTT executives:
"As the leading telecommunication company in the world, we want to provide our customers with the best possible quality of service. By deploying Oracle Engineered Systems we wanted to not only improve our network services but also increase our ability to predict potential failures and maximize workload efficiency," said Tetsuya Funabashi, Senior Vice President, NTT Communications Corporation. "We were pleasantly surprised at how quickly the deployment happened. Because the Oracle Engineered Systems are designed to work together they are high performance, scalable and very efficient. Our new system also provides our customers with security according to inform their condition quickly. We're trying to create more new value and features to our customers with Oracle products."

NTT Communications was recognized at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2013 as one of the winners of the 2013 Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards.

Wednesday Oct 23, 2013

Spotlight on an ACE: Edwin Biemond

Edwin Biemond is an active member of the ACE community, having worked with Oracle's development tooling and database technologies since 1997. Since then, Edwin has become an expert in many of Oracle's middleware technologies as well, including WebLogic and SOA. In fact, Edwin has become so prolfic that he was named the Java Developer of the Year in 2009.

Edwin hails from the Netherlands, where he is an architect at the company Amis, and is also a co-author of the OSB Development Cookbook. He's a proven expert in ADF, JSF, messaging (Edifact / ebXML), Enterprise Service Bus, web services and tuning of application servers and databases.
Recently, Edwin posted a blog on the road map of WebLogic 12c, going over salient features and what the future looks like for Fusion Middleware and the Application Server areas - it's well worth a read, so give it a look. A snippet:
WebLogic 12.1.3 will be the first version for many FMW 12c products like Oracle SOA Suite 12c and probably come in one big jar. 12.1.3 & 12.1.4 will add extra features and improvements to Elastic JMS & Dynamic Clusters. Elastic JMS in 12.1.3 will support Server Migration so you can’t lose any JMS messages. In 12.1.4, Dynamic Clusters will have support for auto-scaling based on thresholds based on user-defined metrics. WebLogic 12.1.4 will also have an API to control the Dynamic Clusters, this way we can easily program when to stop, start or remove nodes from a dynamic cluster.

Further, Edwin is hosting a session on getting your FMW environment up and running in less than 10 minutes using popular tooling to configure and manage the many FMW components you have in your technology stack.

Register now for this virtual developer day to see more.

We thank Edwin for his commitment to being an ACE, his work on his blog, his social media publishing and his overall commitment to helping other technologists be even more successful with Oracle products.

Follow Edwin on his blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or read his ACE Profile

Thursday Oct 10, 2013

Free Virtual Developer Day: WebLogic and Coherence November 5

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

This exciting day will guide you through tooling updates and best practices around developing 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, 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 and more.

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

Friday Mar 22, 2013

Take Advantage of Powerful Cloud Application Foundation (CAF) Capabilities

This week’s blogs focus on how you can take advantage of advanced capabilities offered by Cloud Application Foundation solutions for ease of integration, increased efficiency, reduced cost, and improved time to market.

The WebLogic blog provides Oracle Forms customers with information about how to get more value from their current application infrastructure by upgrading to Oracle Forms 11g running on WebLogic 12c. Tuxedo customers can see a demo and find out how to partition Tuxedo applications into different virtual application domains, machines and server groups to respond effectively to changing business needs. And, the Coherence blog provides links to four new YouTube videos recorded at the Coherence Special Interest Group meeting that took place in London in November, 2012. Check out the descriptions below for more detail.


If you’re an Oracle Forms customer, you may be interested in learning how you can protect your investment in Oracle Forms and respond quickly and cost effectively to customer needs by switching to Oracle WebLogic Server. Find out how you can reduce operational costs while improving service levels. Learn about foundational technologies included in WebLogic Suite i.e. Oracle E-Business Suite. Discover how Oracle Forms and Reports support included in Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder makes it possible for administrators to quickly configure and provision entire multi-tier enterprise applications onto virtualized and cloud environments. For more information, read the blog: Are you an Oracle Forms Customer? Consider running on WebLogic Server to take advantage of brand new and advanced capabilities.

And don’t miss the Webcast: Virtualize and Run Your Forms Applications in the Cloud- It Pays to Upgrade to Oracle WebLogic Server 12c.


This week’s Tuxedo blog describes how the Application Service Version Feature allows you to deploy different versions of Tuxedo application services in a domain or across domains without changing the existing application. Find out how you can logically partition Tuxedo applications into different virtual application domains, machines, and server groups to respond to various business requirements, including uninterrupted application upgrade for high availability.

The blog, Application Service Version-Oracle Tuxedo 12c, includes a video with a live demo and information about how you can use Application Service Version Feature to plan, develop, test, scale, and deploy Oracle Tuxedo applications.


A number of presentations from the Coherence Special Interest Group meeting that took in London in November, 2012 were recorded and have been uploaded to YouTube. Topics include information about how to take advantage of capabilities like:

  • Using patterns for effectively integrating Oracle Coherence and Oracle’s Event Processing engine to perform distributed event processing, based on real-world experience
  • Techniques for developing applications that require evolvable data for continuous availability and operation
  • How Oracle Coherence can be used to perform pivot-table like queries using the Coherence GroupAggregator
  • How the Oracle Coherence network architecture benefits from Exabus’ MessageBus API

Visit the blog, Oracle Coherence Special Interest Group Presentations Published, for links to the YouTube videos.

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Tuesday Jul 19, 2011

Oracle #1 in Application Server Marketshare, yet again!

According to latest IDC numbers, Oracle is #1 in worldwide Application Server Software Platform with a 39.2% market share based on total software revenue. With a growth rate of 15.3%, Oracle strengthened its lead in the Application Server Platform Software category in 2010, growing faster than the industry average of 14.9%. According to the report, Oracle also outranked the competition by achieving nearly 50% greater market share than the closest competitor which holds 26.2% revenue share. Read the press release.  

Thursday Apr 28, 2011

Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards 2011

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Tuesday Apr 19, 2011

Oracle Coherence 3.7 is now Generally Available

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Oracle is #1 in the Application Server Market, yet again

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Friday Apr 08, 2011

Coherence News: Upcoming SIGs and Training

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Monday Apr 04, 2011

It Pays to Upgrade to Oracle WebLogic Server

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Friday Apr 01, 2011

Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder is now GA

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Friday Mar 18, 2011

Java SE 7 Developer Preview Release - Download Now!

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Monday Feb 14, 2011

5 Reasons to Upgrade to WebLogic Server 11g

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