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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