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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