Friday Mar 28, 2014

Calling all Cloud Application Foundation Innovators

Oracle is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards: Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation. The Oracle Excellence Awards honor organizations using Oracle Cloud Application Foundation products to deliver unique business value. If you consider yourself a pioneer in using WebLogic, Coherence, and/or Tuxedo, using these products in innovative ways to achieve significant business/technical value, submit your nomination for the 2014 Excellence Awards by Friday, June 20th, for a chance to win a FREE registration to Oracle OpenWorld (September 28-October 2, 2014) in San Francisco, California. Top customers will be showcased at Oracle Open World, get a chance to dialogue with Oracle executives, network with their peers and be featured in Oracle Publications. 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. For additional details, go here.

Wednesday Jan 15, 2014

Customer & Industry Expert Podcasts highlight WebLogic and Coherence 12.1.2 Releases

With the new year, we bring you something exciting!

Two podcasts, one from our customer Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) which higlights WebLogic 12.1.2 benefits such as Coherence Integration and Maven Support. Matt Rosen, Director of Application Development at OOCL, discusses the HotCache feature allowing database changes to be propagated to objects in the Coherence cache, Maven support for developer productivity, and increased operational efficiency with unified installation, configuration, and patching. Listen to Matt for further details.

In our other podcast, industry experts Simon Haslam and Frank Munz review Oracle's WebLogic and Coherence 12.1.2 release. Frank Munz is the author of several books on middleware and cloud computing and is excited about Cloud features such Dynamic Clustering and JMS management while Simon Haslam, an Oracle Fusion Middleware specialist and ACE Director, highlights WebLogic Database integration and native cloud management. Listen to Simon and Frank here.

Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

QCon: A practitioner-driven conference for Developers

QCon [http://www.qconsf.com] started yesterday with the 3-day conference from Monday thru Wednesday, followed by 2 days of tutorials on Thursday and Friday. The conference features over 100 speakers in 6 concurrent tracks daily covering the most timely and innovative topics driving the evolution of enterprise software development today. Oracle and its Cloud Application Foundation products are well represented at this event. Yesterday, Joe Huang, responsible for outbound product management of Oracle's Mobile Application Development Framework (ADF Mobile), discussed hybrid mobile development with Java & HTML5 for iOS and Android. If you missed Joe’s session you can download the presentation from here. Michael Kovacs will be talking tomorrow about how to keep your application data highly available. Michael works with Oracle customers in a pre-sales role to help them understand when and how to use Oracle's technology to solve their business problems. His focus is on Java and technologies like WebLogic and Coherence. His session details can be found here. Lastly, we believe in having fun. So don’t miss the Oracle hospitality reception today at the Hyatt Atrium. See you there!

 

Thursday Nov 07, 2013

Your Cinnamon Roll & Morning Coffee: Powered by Oracle Enterprise Manager

Truth be told, as I was getting my morning coffee today, I was pondering the recent election results more than Oracle [there, I said it]. But then an email from Glen Hawkins from the Enterprise Management team hit my Inbox and I started viewing this video. It was about the world’s largest convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, focusing on creating the best Digital Guest Experience (DGE) for their customers. Turns out that Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) powers 7-Eleven’s DGE Middleware Platform as a Service solution that consists of Oracle SOA Suite, Exalogic, and Exadata. “We need to present a consistent view of 7-Eleven across all our endpoints: 10,000 stores & various digital entities like our websites and apps”, said Ronald Clanton, the DGE Program Director for 7-Eleven. As 7-Eleven was rolling out a loyalty program with mobile support across multiple geos, it had many complex business & technical requirements, including supporting a wide variety of different apps, 10M guests in NA alone, ability to support high speed transactions, and very aggressive timelines. A key requirement was shortening the cycle for provisioning new environments. Whereas with other vendors this would take a few weeks, Oracle consulting showed them how with OEM provisioning new environments would take half a day, which was quite impressive. 7-Eleven has started to roll out this new program and are delighted to report that some provisioning cycles are as low as 10 minutes which includes provisioning the full Oracle SOA suite, Exalogic and more. They are delighted with OEM’s reporting capabilities and customization thereof. Watch the video to see for yourself.

Friday Oct 18, 2013

Customer Highlight: NTT DOCOMO

NTT DOCOMO is the largest mobile operator in Japan, and serves over 13 million smartphone customers. Due to their growing data processing and scalability needs, they turned to Oracle's Cloud Application Foundation products for an integral soultion.

At Oracle OpenWorld 2012, we first showcased NTT DOCOMO as a customer who was utilizing Oracle Coherence to process mobile data at a rate of 700,000 events per second (and then using Hadoop for distributed processing of big data). Overall, this Led to a 50% cost reduction due to the ultra-high velocity traffic processing of their customers' events.



Recently, on October 7th, 2013, Oracle and NTT DOCOMO were proud to again announce a partnership around another key component of Oracle CAF: WebLogic Server. WebLogic was recently deployed as the application platform of choice to run DOCOMO's mission-critical data system ALADIN, which connects nationwide shops and information centers. ALADIN, which also utilizes Oracle Database and Oracle Tuxedo, is based on Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), which has allowed the company to operate smoothly while minimizing additional development and modification associated with the migration of application server products.

We look forward to continuing to partner with NTT DOCOMO, and are proud that Oracle Cloud Application Foundation products are providing the mission-critical solutions - at scale - that DOCOMO requires.

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Tuesday Oct 08, 2013

OpenWorld Recap - Oracle Cloud Application Foundation with WebLogic, Coherence, and more….

Interest in Cloud and Mobility drove significant focus on Oracle Cloud Application Foundation products at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld . In case you missed it, here is a recap:

Oracle WebLogic Server received significant limelight in Executive Vice President Thoman Kurian’s keynote -- The Oracle Cloud Platform: Database as a Service. Java as a Service. Complementing the existing Oracle Cloud Platform Services, the new Oracle Java as a Service provides full control of dedicated Oracle WebLogic Server clusters, supports any Java application, and gives users greater flexibility and choice over their services.

In the classic roadmap session by CAF vice president of product management Mike Lehmann, Mike focused on the recent 12.1.2 release. The session provided insights into how Oracle is evolving this infrastructure to be the next-generation application foundation for its customers to build on in a private cloud setting, Oracle's vision, product plans, and roadmap for this server infrastructure, and how it will be used in the rapidly maturing cloud infrastructure space. We hope the presentation helped you make key decisions about running your enterprise applications on Oracle's enterprise Java server foundation.

Oracle Coherence provided a many sessions at OpenWorld, focused around improving the customer experience with real-time data processing and application scalability to meet mobile and cloud demands. Many customers were excited to learn that Coherence can now update the data cache in real-time, delivering on the expectations of instantaneous updates. All sessions were well-attended, with several customers noting that the 12c release of Coherence was helping them solve strategic problems for both their organization and their own customers.

Developers, Mobile and Cloud!

Chris Tonas kicked off exciting development trends in his General Session “Emerging Trends in Application Development” which covered Oracle’s perspective in addressing the development opportunities in mobile and cloud environments. Mobile continues to be a dominant topic and Chris discussed real-world applications built with Oracle ADF Mobile, a Java based hybrid-mobile framework that helps Java developers build hybrid-mobile apps for iOS and Android from one code base. Java’s mantra to write once, deploy to many – lives on in the mobile arena!

Furthering Oracle’s focus on mobile and cloud computing trends, Chris introduced Oracle Mobile Cloud Services, a mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) that helps mobile app developers readily create more powerful, sophisticated applications that tap into enterprise backend services and simplify enterprise mobile connectivity. Learn more.

Even if you missed this years OpenWorld, you can watch all the keynotes and general sessions here. In addition, you can catch all the current trends and solutions by attending an Oracle Day 2013, the OTN Virtual Developer Day – Harnessing WebLogic and Oracle Coherence, and other Cloud Application Foundation events at following site (link)

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Meet the Cloud Application Foundation Innovators

Among the information-packed and exciting sessions you will experience if you are coming to Oracle OpenWorld next week, here is one you will not want to miss. In this session on Oracle's most impressive innovators in Cloud Application Foundation, you will hear some fascinating stories from diverse customers and partners.

For example:

  • Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) is revamping an ERP system for an industry in which margin is everything, and choosing the right platform is vital to success
  • Hewlett-Packard has one of the largest WebLogic Server deployments in the world - take a closer look inside
  • Deltek offers a very successful OEM solution built on WebLogic Server, with successful production deployments on WebLogic 12.1.1
  • Amadeus will tell us about their infrastructure challenges and solutions in one of IT's most highly demanding industries - online reservation systems
You can hear about these in OpenWorld Session CON8882, on Tuesday, September 24, noon-1:00 pm, Moscone South 304.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday Aug 28, 2013

Multiple Cloud App Foundation Customers Under One Roof, Live!

As we approach this year’s Oracle OpenWorld, I wanted to highlight one of the primary customer appreciation events. Each year the Oracle Fusion Middleware Innovation Awards are given to Oracle customers for their cutting-edge solutions. Winners were 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.

 

Join us for this year’s Oracle Excellence Award session to meet with the winners and hear their stories. We are convinced that you will be impressed by the quality and diversity of stories as you listen to multiple customers presenting their unique usage of Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions and deriving tremendous value out of it. I am personally very excited to see the innovation from our customers and can’t wait to hear the innovation stories shared at this year’s event.   

 

Last year the Cloud Application Foundation customers receiving this award presented two very unique stories. One was from Hotelbeds, an accommodation wholesaler servicing over 50,000 hotels across 183 countries, using Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence to help fuel sustained company growth. Hotelbeds sells 16 million hotel room nights per year and has experienced consistent double-digit growth over the past decade. As the company continued to expand, it realized that its current IT infrastructure environment, which had been comprised of various open source application servers, like Tomcat and Resin, had become too complex, disparate and costly to manage and its middle-tier database cache could no longer scale to serve the company’s busiest seasons. After undergoing a rigorous evaluation process that included analyzing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Oracle WebLogic Server versus open source application servers, Hotelbeds decided to migrate its entire applications ecosystem to Oracle WebLogic Server. By consolidating onto Oracle WebLogic Server, Hotelbeds was able to reduce cost and risk and increase efforts to streamline their data center. Additionally, Hotelbeds opted to replace its existing open source caching systems MemCached and EHCache with Oracle Coherence. In transactional tests prior to implementation, Oracle Coherence significantly out-performed Hotelbeds’ previous caching system in terms of performance, scalability and reliability. By consolidating its application server environment with Oracle WebLogic Server, Hotelbeds anticipates it will reduce its operating costs by nearly 25 percent and also eliminate the risk of running their business critical applications on unsupported platforms. For more on this story, view this customer video.

The other story from Nike, a globally recognized brand, discussed how the Nike Plus Digital Sports Platform utilizes Coherence Grid in unique ways. Nike takes advantage of Coherence as a traditional cache using both cache-aside and cache-through patterns. It has developed a horizontally scalable, distributed, event processing architecture which ensures accuracy and consistency of cached data compared to pull model. This has resulted in faster consumer experience as it uses partitioning & underlying node affinity to schedule & execute 100s of 1000s of jobs across grid. The architecture is meant to scale reliably upto over 8M users and expected to double this year. For more on this story, hear from Nicole Otto, Nike’s Sr. Director of Consumer Digital Technology group.

 

Thursday Aug 22, 2013

CAF 12c – Best practices to make you productive

With the Cloud Application Foundation 12c release out, you can expect an ongoing supply of best practices, tips and tricks, new feature highlights and more goodies.

Let’s check out what new resources are available to get your productivity up to new levels with WebLogic and Coherence paired up with your favorite Developer Tools.


More Productivity

Great whitepaper by David Felcy provides best practices on planning a successful Coherence deployment. It discusses what you should consider in terms of the JVM, monitoring tools and underlying OS when migrating, as well as planning for unexpected hardware failures and much more

Download your free white paper now to continue reading.

More Integration

In his most recent blog, Tim Middleton talks about running Managed Coherence Servers in WebLogic Server 12c. The functionality allows end users to build a new archive type (Grid Archive aka GAR), which can be deployed and managed via standard WebLogic Server best practices. Developers can now streamline their build processes to generate GARs. Operations departments can now standardize deployment of Coherence and Coherence applications in the test and production environments. 

Check out this video to learn more about the integration

And OEPE 12c (12.1.2) now also supports Coherence Grid Archives (GAR) application development and deployment to WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.2). It can be deployed to WebLogic Server 12c as a stand-alone module or bundled in an EAR project. Check out this tutorial to learn more about the various GAR features available in OEPE.

Cool New Capabilities

Well, this one also offers a huge productivity boost for administrators, but it’s also one of my favorite new capabilities in WebLogic 12.1.2 – Dynamic Clusters. Read the blog by Dave Cabelus which talks about how we’ve made it really easy to initially roll out a new cluster, and scale it out.  

Dave also recorded a great video to show you what it looks like

But there are many more cool capabilities in WebLogic 12.1.2. To get the full scoop, check out the new technical whitepaper by Will Lyons covering WebLogic Suite.   It is available here.

And More Goodies

Don't forget to join us at Oracle Open World for more sessions and technical details!

Here are some suggested sessions for Cloud Application Foundation:

1. Focus On Cloud Application Foundation

2. Focus On Oracle Coherence
3. Focus On Oracle Java Cloud Service
4. Focus On Oracle Traffic Director
5. Focus On Oracle Tuxedo
6. Focus on Oracle WebLogic Server

Thursday Aug 08, 2013

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation 12c – Viewers Loved the Content!

On July 31st Oracle launched Cloud Application Foundation 12c, including WebLogic Server 12.1.2 and Coherence 12.1.2. Watch the On Demand Replay.

Cloud Application Foundation helps customers deliver next-generation applications, such as mobile applications, with a mission-critical cloud platform. Extensive investment in this release in native cloud management helps simplify operations, while for developers, the new release offers a modern development platform and integrated tools to increase productivity and accelerate time to market.

So what did viewers love most? Our breakout sessions! 100% of responders rated the presentations very good or better, 75% rated them excellent. Thanks to our viewers for this incredible support!

Left – Mike Lehmann, Vice President of Product Management, CAF

Right – Will Lyons, Director of Product Management, WebLogic Server

The four breakout sessions covered detailed discussions of the new 12c capabilities as well as four demos and multiple customer testimonials.

Release Highlights

· Oracle WebLogic Server dynamic clusters for cloud elasticity, plus deep integration with Oracle Database 12c, and convergence of the Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence management framework to drive operational efficiency.

· Oracle Coherence integration with Oracle GoldenGate HotCache for real-time data cache updates.

· Maven and WebSocket support across the platform for innovative application development.

· Oracle Enterprise Manager and developer tools—including Oracle JDeveloper 12c, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12c, and Oracle Application Development Framework for web and mobile development—to support the new release.

To see even more demos and feature drill downs, follow our YouTube channels:

Oracle WebLogic Server YouTube channel

Oracle Coherence YouTube channel

The three-hour event also highlights multiple Oracle Cloud Application Foundation customers and industry experts, such as Simon Haslam, an Oracle ACE Director with over 17 years’ experience of using Oracle products, serving for the 5th year as Chair of the Application Server and Middleware SIG for the UK Oracle User Group.

Live Chat Highlights

The live chat sessions were highly interactive and here are some of the great questions asked by viewers:

Question

Answer

Q: Does the support of dynamic clusters in 12.1.2 mean i have to change my existing cluster configurations?

A: No, existing "configured" clusters (traditional clusters) continue to be supported and will continue to be supported. No config change required. Dynamic clusters is a new, additional, option.

Q: What happens to deployed apps when changing (adding more) server in a dynamic cluster? Are they copied and deployed to the new servers?

A: Yes. At runtime, Dynamic Clusters are the same as configured clusters. If you add a new cluster member, the applications that were deployed to the cluster are deployed according to deployment mode that was used (staged/no-stage/external stage).

Q: Why did you change the numbering scheme of Coherence releases? Does this mean it is available only with WebLogic Server now?

A: Good question! First, I want to emphasize that Coherence is and will be available to run standalone without WLS. You will hear of several ways in which Coherence is integrated with WLS, but Coherence continues to be run standalone or with other app servers. This numbering scheme change from Coherence 3.x to 12c (12.1.2) indicates Coherence's role in the Cloud Application Foundation. Coherence is now being more and more integrated in the full stack of Oracle middleware and apps.

Q: Does Coherence & WLS fall under the same license?

A: Coherence (Enterprise Edition) is included in the WebLogic Suite license. Coherence Enterprise Edition, sold as a standalone product, also includes the rights to use the WebLogic Management Framework for managing Managed Coherence Servers.

Q: Can I have both JDeveloper 11g and 12c on the same machine

A: Yes you can have both of them running at the same time as long as they are installed in separate directories.

Q: Wich version of ADF is supported on WebLogic 12c (12.1.2)?

A: ADF 12.1.2 is certified with WLS 12.1.2.

Q: Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g (classic domain) contains Form, Report, Discoverer. Is there any plan to certify this product on WLS12c or is there another version for OFM?

A: Forms and Reports will be released as part of a future Fusion Middleware 12c release.

Q: Is your Maven support version-specific? If so, what is the version support?

A: 3.0.4

Q: I use Maven for my builds and dependency management, does ADF support Maven?

A: Yes, a focus area of CAF 12c is Maven enablement across all products. ADF libraries can now be managed in a Maven Repository, an ADF archetype is available for project layouts, and both JDeveloper and OEPE provide support for Maven-based ADF development.

If you missed the live event, you can catch the On Demand Replay.

To download CAF 12c assets visit our website

Visit Oracle Technology Network for further technical details, downloads, and documentation.

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Friday Jul 26, 2013

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation Customers Share their stories! Join July 31st Launch to hear more

From advanced scientific research to secure digital interactions, from telecommunications to ocean carriers, Cloud Application Foundation customers are reaping the benefits of a Flexible, Proven and Integrated Cloud Platform.

In the past couple of weeks we’ve shared stories from some of our customers that were instrumental to making the Cloud Application Foundation 12c release possible. Join us for the July 31st launch event to learn more about this release.

These customers and many others have helped shape the future of the CAF Platform by participating in our WebLogic and Coherence Customer Advisory Boards and providing ongoing feedback to our Product Management team. You will get to hear some of them speak at the upcoming July 31st launch event.


So how are they using Cloud Application Foundation?

CERN is world-renowned for their scientific research, operating the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter - the fundamental particles. CERN utilizes WebLogic Server as its strategic platform for all developed software, which means support for Administration, Engineering and the Accelerator Center. Watch the video

Gemalto is the leader in making digital interactions secure and easy. Gemalto’s telecommunication business unit is using WebLogic for their web-based applications, business logic, JMS, and web services. Watch the video

OOCL is one of the world's largest integrated international container transportation, logistics and terminal companies. As one of Hong Kong's most recognized global brands, OOCL provides customers with fully-integrated logistics and containerized transportation services, with a network that encompasses Asia, Europe, North America and Australasia. OOCL engaged with Oracle on a multiple-year project to replace core ERP systems. They utilize Oracle WebLogic Suite, Coherence, RAC DB, TopLink, and Oracle Enterprise Manager to address their modern IT challenges. Read the Blog

TURKCELL is the leading communications and technology Company in Turkey, with 34.9 million subscribers and a leading regional player, with market leadership in five of the nine countries in which it operates with over 69 million subscribers. Turkcell's main business functions are CRM , Value Added Services (VAS), Billing/Charging and Network operations managing thousands of user sessions and millions of business transaction every day with 4000+ operating systems, 150+ Oracle databases in production, and 1700+ Oracle WebLogic Server instances. Recently, Turkcell has adopted in-memory computing with Oracle Coherence to increase performance of core applications (achieve more transactions per second), and offload backend data. Read the Blog

Join us for the July 31st launch event to hear from more Cloud Application Foundation customers about their success with this platform.

Thursday Jul 18, 2013

The Cloud Application Foundation Launch Event - What is all the excitement about?

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation 12c was released on July 11th and received with great excitement by folks taking an early peak. Computer Business Review wrote “Integrating application server and in-memory data grid capabilities into a base for cloud computing, the new Cloud Application Foundation offers a platform that enables launching latest applications, shorten operations, ramp up time-to-market and reduce overall ownership cost, while obtaining more value from their existing application infrastructure.”

For those eager to learn what this release is all about, who needs summer vacation? We are hosting a Virtual Launch Event on July 31st and boy do we have an action-packed agenda for you!

First up will be our keynote with VP of Product Management, Ajay Patel, who looks after Oracle Cloud Application Foundation and Exalogic. Ajay will cover the key product announcements, then invite to the stage VP of Development, Cameron Purdy, and VP of Product Management for Cloud Application Foundation, Mike Lehmann, to go into the feature highlights of the release. The part I’m most excited about is the testimonials you will hear from our customers, as well as industry experts, Frank Munz and Simon Haslam.

Following the keynote, we will have four sessions covering deep-dive technical content and product demonstrations. And for those of you who know our team, which I personally feel so fortunate to be working with, here’s the lineup we have for you:

Core CAF Product Deep Dives

WebLogic Server 12c, Release 12.1.2 with Mike Lehmann, VP of Product Management and Will Lyons, Director of Product Management.

Coherence 12c, Release 12.1.2 with Cameron Purdy, VP of Development, Craig Blitz, Director of Product Management and Jens Eckels, Director of Product Marketing

Productivity Tools Deep Dives

Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3 with Glen Hawkins, Senior Director of Product Management

Oracle Developer Tools, including JDeveloper 12c, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12c, ADF 12c and even NetBeans – with Chris Tonas, VP of Development and Carlos Chang, Director of Product Marketing.

I hope you join us for the Cloud Application Foundation show and we’ll be waiting and eager to take your questions via live chat, see you on the 31st

To register for the launch event click here

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Cloud Application Foundation 12c Launch: Press and Social Media Coverage

The coverage Oracle received on the Cloud Application foundation 12c launch is quite insightful and to the point. I wanted to share some of the viewpoints with the readers. One of the tweets mentions, “Oracle CAF 12c is Weblogic 12.1.2, Coherence 12.1.2, Enterrprise Manager 12c R3 and Development Tools 12c - quite a bundle”, which is indeed reflective of Oracle’s efforts at offering a consolidated cloud application platform to our customers and partners. On a similar note Computer Business Review remarks, “Integrating application server and in-memory data grid capabilities into a base for cloud computing, the new Cloud Application Foundation offers a platform that enables launching latest applications, shorten operations, ramp up time-to-market and reduce overall ownership cost, while obtaining more value from their existing application infrastructure”: a truly insightful observation of the value propositions offered by the platform.

From a developer productivity perspective, a significant amount of investment has been made to the platform as eWeek notes, “… Oracle has delivered new releases of its Java development tools and framework that enable developers to rapidly and efficiently build multichannel—Web, cloud and on-premises—applications.” This quote very astutely notes that although there is a large focus in the marketplace around cloud applications, the Oracle solutions also offer tremendous value to customers who are developing applications for traditional data center deployments, as well as for customers wanting to ensure that their current investments can be leveraged when they move to cloud architecture. This is confirmed by Holger Mueller of Enterprise Software Musings as he comments, “As usual Oracle build and positions its products to be practically universally deploy-able. Customers can use Cloud Application Foundation to built on premise, hybrid or public cloud applications, that can run on the Oracle Cloud or other public clouds. And they can buy the hardware with Exalogic Elastic Cloud with it, too - if they wish."

Commenting on the integration work between Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.2 and Oracle Database 12c, here is what IDC analyst Al Hilwa had to say. "Integrated is the operative word here. For example there is quite a bit of technology that allows the app server to work in unique and differentiated ways with the Oracle database. It is also a coordinated set of technologies that pulls together the different pieces of the application stack. Quite a bit of work is culminating with this release…"

And here is what the market thinks about the investment on Oracle Coherence. “Oracle is doing a good job leveraging Coherence in CAF 12c. With Goldengate - a lot goes into memory...” says one of the tweets. “In addition to also offering full support for Oracle 12c, the new version of Coherence offers a number of new technologies that will help in faster data synchronization”, comments Joab Jackson of IDG News Service. “Being Oracle's in-memory data caching solution, the new Coherence 12.1.2 scales applications as per the requirements of mobile and cloud demands, while improving customer experience with Oracle Coherence Live Events”, remarks Computer Business Review.

Needless to say we are excited to see so much and such deep coverage. The press covered almost all features and capabilities we wanted highlighted for our customers, be it the Oracle WebLogic Server/ Oracle Database integration, developer efficiencies like WebSocket support, Oracle Coherence enhancements, and many more. Look for an update on this as we receive more coverage and move toward our exciting launch event on July 31st!

For complete details of the launch and deep dive of the new product capabilities:

Read the press release.

Read the whitepapers and datasheets at http://www.oracle.com/weblogic and http://www.oracle.com/goto/coherence

Download the products from OTN

And, don't forget to join us for the Oracle Cloud Application Foundation 12c launch event later this month:
July 31st, 10am, Pacific Time
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Thursday Jul 11, 2013

Cloud Application Foundation 12c is here!

We are very excited to announce the availability of the highly anticipated Cloud Application Foundation 12c! See press release. Please register for the online launch event on July 31st where we will walk you through the new capabilities.

This release culminate months and even years of work by our Product Management and Development Teams with direct input from you, our customers, on what you’d like to see from your trusted application platform.

But what is Cloud Application Foundation (CAF)?

Cloud Application Foundation is an integrated, flexible, and proven middleware platform built on standards-based technologies for portability, efficiency and lower TCO. It brings together key industry-leading technologies: Oracle WebLogic Server for Java EE; Oracle Coherence In-Memory Data Grid; Oracle Tuxedo for C/C++/COBOL; Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder; and Oracle Traffic Director for load balancing capabilities. Oracle Cloud Application Foundation provides you with choice across conventional systems and cloud environments. It is optimized to run on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud for on-premise cloud deployments and is available on third-party clouds (see blog post) for increased flexibility and scalability.

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation helps customers deliver next-generation applications with a mission-critical cloud platform optimized for high performance, reliability, availability and security. It simplifies operations with native cloud management and scales operations to multi-data center high availability infrastructures. CAF also accelerates time to market with a modern development platform and integrated tools and is the foundation for Oracle Fusion Middleware and Fusion Applications. It is therefore not surprising that it holds 40% market share, higher than all other competitors.


So what are we announcing?

This announcement includes Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, release 12.1.2 (see blog) and Oracle Cohere 12c release 12.1.2 (see blog), as well as supporting Productivity Tools with Oracle Enterprise Manager R3 and Oracle Developer Tools, which include Oracle JDeveloper 12c (see blog)and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12c (see blog). Both developer tools support ADF 12c.


Feature sneak speak

Let me give you a taste for what you will hear about in the launch event on July 31st. Starting with Coherence, many of you know that Oracle acquired Coherence (Tangosol) over 6 years ago. What you may not know however, is that the core team working on the product has stayed pretty much intact and the passion they bring to this mission is simply incredible. Don’t be misled by our major vs. minor versioning conventions. This is the first Coherence 12c release and major news for current Coherence customers as well as WebLogic customers looking to leverage an in memory data grid to be able to scale to mobile and cloud demands.

Some of the hot Coherence features coming out with this release include Coherence Live Events and GoldenGate HotCache.

And speaking of our core Coherence team, with Cameron Purdy leading overall CAF development, you’ll see WebLogic and Coherence coming even closer with new levels of integration that customers have been asking for.

Managed Coherence Servers within WebLogic allow customers to harness the power of the WebLogic Management Framework, to simplify management of Coherence servers.

Other hot capabilities in WebLogic Server include Dynamic Clusters and Elastic JMS, as well as unique integration capabilities with Oracle Database 12c launched yesterday.

Finally, to support immediate productivity for CAF customers, this release has been aligned with key productivity tools that our customers use:
  • Enterprise Manager R3, see press release, which include the WebLogic and Coherence Management packs.
  • Oracle Developer Tools including JDeveloper 12c, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 12c, both which support Oracle Application Development Framework 12c, see press release. NetBeans 7.3 is also available. The three tools are supported by Oracle to provide developer choice. Oracle also allows you to supports mobile development across platforms (iOS and Android) while leveraging Java skills.

So I hope I’ve peaked your interest to learn more about CAF 12c and I hope to see many of you join us live on July 31st for the launch event. Register here.

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Wednesday Jul 10, 2013

Above the clouds - WebLogic on Microsoft Windows Azure

In my last blog, I wrote about Cloud deployment model choices and how Oracle Cloud Application Foundation customers have choice between an on premise private cloud or a public 3rd party cloud environment for the perfect hybrid. Well, with the latest partnership announced between Oracle and Microsoft, Oracle customers have one more deployment option with Microsoft Windows Azure.

So as I was flying above the clouds on my weekend getaway passing through Oracle and Microsoft headquarters, I thought I’d share more details on how this partnership will benefit WebLogic customers.

As part of this partnership, WebLogic customers will be able to use their existing WebLogic licenses for cloud deployments on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Licensing will work in the same fashion that is available today on Oracle Cloud. See more licensing details for Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment here. WebLogic licenses on Windows Azure will work in the same manner. Microsoft will also offer license and support for Java in Windows Azure.

With more 3rd party cloud options to run your Oracle Software on, including Oracle Cloud, Amazon AWS and the now adding Windows Azure, you may be wondering how to make the right choice. Well, you probably already guessed - there is no right or wrong answer, it all depends on your overall cloud strategy, business priorities and additional investments. As just one example, customers who are invested in Fusion apps or other Oracle SaaS offerings, may find Oracle Cloud as their safest bet for a 3rd party cloud.

As we’ve already established, choice is a good thing, so whether you already have an investment in Oracle Software, including WebLogic, on a 3rd party cloud or are considering it (read more about the benefits here), this announcement is good news from a choice and investment protection perspective.

To learn more about your cloud choices with Oracle Cloud Application Foundation, join the Online Launch Event on July 31st


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