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!

 

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!

Thursday Oct 06, 2011

So what exaclty is Cloud Application Foundation?

Oracle’s Cloud Application Foundation delivers the most complete platform with the highest performance and scale. Based on high performance engineered systems, it provides extreme enterprise scale, elasticity, and state-of-the-art management including support for multi-tenancy. It is based on standards based technologies for efficiency and ease of integration and provides efficient developer tools.  

To make Cloud Application Foundation possible, Oracle brings together key industry-leading technologies: Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, the world’s best foundation for cloud, Oracle WebLogic Server for Java EE, Tuxedo for C/C++/COBOL, Coherence in-memory data grid, JRockit and Hotspot Java SE solutions, Enterprise Manager, and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder.



Oracle’s Cloud Application Foundation delivers:

·         High Performance Cloud Runtime — Running on top of Exalogic Elastic Cloud, WebLogic Server and Tuxedo are the highest performing application servers with Coherence providing further elasticity, performance and reliability.

·         Enterprise Scale and Cloud Elasticity — With WebLogic Server and Coherence providing predictable workload management with elastic scalability, Oracle’s Cloud Application Foundation provides high availability, elasticity, and disaster recovery for mission critical clouds

Complete Cloud Management — With Enterprise Manager for a complete management and administrative solution is provided for cloud management.

·         Modern Standards based Cloud Development – With support for Java EE, JDeveloper, Eclipse, Netbeans, Maven, C/C++, and Scripting Languages, developer efficiency is tremendously improved.

Thursday Sep 29, 2011

Come to "Oracle Powers the Cloud" day at Oracle OpenWorld!

Come learn why Oracle offers the broadest, most complete integrated offerings for enterprise cloud computing. Unlike other companies that narrowly define the cloud as public software as a service or server virtualization, Oracle provides a comprehensive strategy that includes both private and public clouds, and all cloud layers—software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Now, you can get the inside scoop about Oracle's comprehensive cloud roadmap. Register now for your Oracle Powers the Cloud Pass and be there as we reveal breakthrough cloud news on Thursday, October 6, at Oracle OpenWorld.

You'll get access to:
- More than 25 cloud sessions and 15 cloud demos
- The cloud keynote with Robert Shimp, Group Vice President, Product Marketing, Oracle
- And It's a Wrap! closing event, sponsored by Tsingtao, with musical guests Berlin, featuring Terri Nunn, and The Five Hundreds

Come see why Oracle is the foundation for many of the world's public and private clouds—and why Larry Ellison says "Oracle is the technology that powers the cloud." Get your Oracle Powers the Cloud Pass today to learn more about Oracle's latest cloud offerings!

Wednesday Sep 28, 2011

Application Grid Demos at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld

There are about 10 demos at this year for application grid products at Oracle OpenWorld. We realize that’s quite a bit to cover. However the good news is they are all located physically very close to each other at Moscone South  Exhibit Hall on Level 1. Here are some of the must-visit demo pods.  

Cloud Foundation and Java EE with WebLogic Server
Oracle WebLogic Server offers high availability, extreme scalability, streamlined management and more.  See how to achieve near-continuous operation with extremely robust and automated fail-over within clusters.  Learn how to scale-out applications horizontally and dynamically by adding additional nodes to live clusters and load-balancing across them.  See how you can gain benefits from WebLogic Server's streamlined management capabilities to configure and monitor application server instances across clusters and domains from a unified environment.      
Application Scale-Out with Oracle Coherence
Oracle Coherence is the industry's leading in-memory data grid solution, enabling large financial services, e-commerce, telecom, logistics, travel, and other enterprises to achieve predictable scalability, unmatched performance, and data reliability for enterprise-wide applications. Oracle Coherence enables applications to work with massive data sets in-memory while simultaneously simplifying the infrastructure of the application.

Oracle Tuxedo and Exalogic: Optimized Solution for Mainframe Migration demo for those of you interested in migrating your mainframe applications to the cloud.

For more information on these and other demo pods, location, and timing, please refer to our ‘Focus On’ document.

Saturday Sep 24, 2011

Showcasing the #1 App Server, WebLogic, at this year's OpenWorld and JavaOne

We have a jam-packed and very exciting agenda for WebLogic at this year's OpenWorld. Here are some of the highlights (editor's pick, if you may):

Monday Sessions:
Don't miss Mike Lehmann's classic presentation on WebLogic roadmap: Oracle Fusion Middleware Application Server Roadmap at Moscone South – 306 from 5-6pm.

Another classic, Best Practices for Managing Oracle WebLogic Server at Moscone South 306 as well from 2-3pm

The talk on Cloud Services Strategy maybe of interest to many of you thinking about how to setup your infrastructure for cloud computing. This is taking place at Moscone West 3005 from 11-12pm

Last but not least Adam Messinger, Oracle VP of Development, is discussing Java SE Roadmap at Moscone South 305 from 3.30-4.30pm.

Tuesday Sessions:

Tuesday is full of our customers sharing their experiences. In the customer panel come and learn about this year’s most impressive customer projects, in Moscone West 3007 from 11.45-12.45.

Hear Agilent and M2Mi talk about their WebLogic vs JBoss and Tomcat experience in Moscone South 306 from 11.45-12.45. Alas, you will have to choose between these sessions!

Listen to P&G’s Journey into the Cloud: The what, how, and why of cloud computing in consumer goods at Palace Hotel (twin peaks north) from 10.15-11.15am.

Wednesday Sessions:

Continuing on the theme of focusing on our customers, hear from Northern Trust about ‘Which Cloud Computing Approach is Right for you?’ in Moscone South 306 at 10.15am.

This is followed by a customer panel which includes Turkcell Teknoloji, CCC Information Services, Natura Cosméticos S/A also in Moscone South 306 at 1.15pm.

For the developer amongst us, listen to the session on ‘Working with the Spring Framework on WebLogic’ in Marriott Marquis Salon 7 at 11.45AM.

Another developer session focuses on WebLogic Server and Oracle RAC also in Marriott Marquis Salon 7 at 1.15pm.

Don’t miss Larry Ellisons's Keynote at 2.45!

Thursday Sessions:
Come to the session on virtualizing the application infrastructure which focuses on the unique Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder in Moscone South 305 at 9am.
Again, a developer focused session of interest may be ‘Cloud Enabled Java Persistence with Oracle TopLink’ Marriott Marquis Salon 7 at 10.30AM.

Phew! But wait we are not done yet. Now for the JavaOne Sessions.

Monday, October 3

11:00 AM -  12:00 PM

Auto-scaling Cluster in the Cloud

Hotel Nikko - Carmel I / II / III

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Java EE Web Container in the Cloud

Hilton San Francisco - Imperial Ballroom A

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

State Management in Java

Hilton San Francisco - Plaza A/B

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Java EE 6 Tools Support: What Do You Need?

Parc 55 - Market Street

Tuesday, October 4

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cloud-Enabled Java Persistence

Hilton San Francisco - Imperial Ballroom B

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Is There Fresh Air in the Cloud for Application Servers?

Hilton San Francisco - Grand Ballroom B

Wednesday, October 5

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Clusters in the Clouds: Dynamically Scaling Application Server Clusters with the Cloud

Hilton San Francisco - Imperial Ballroom B

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Road to Java EE 7: Is It All About the Cloud?

 Hilton San Francisco - Imperial Ballroom A

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Java EE 6 Development in Eclipse

Parc 55 - Embarcadero

Thursday, October 6

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Java EE Cluster Management Strategies

Hilton San Francisco - Imperial Ballroom B

And don’t miss the hands on labs on WebLogic on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. These focus on developing with Weblogic Server, WebLogic Security, and production-time problem solving. Go visit the demo pods, which I am going to write about in detail in a couple of days.

For a complete guide to all WebLogic and cloud application foundation sessions read our Focus On document.

Tuesday Sep 20, 2011

Running Mission-Critical Applications? Customers say why they choose Oracle WebLogic

Is a 'free' application server the right fit for your datacenter? Consider this: What you’ll save on license fees will not balance the loss of benefits such as a thoroughly tested, integrated solution with a complete roadmap and upgrade path. Do you want to consolidate and eventually create a cloud-ready datacenter? A 'free' solution will cost you heavily in the long term.

Join the live webcast to hear first-hand from Geoff Brown, CEO, Machine-To-Machine Intelligence (M2MI) Corporation his experience comparing Oracle WebLogic to other application servers. Learn from Oracle experts how this enterprise-grade application server is designed for:

  • Mission-critical applications that require absolute reliability
  • Advanced administration and management, including automatic, dynamic scaling
  • Enterprisewide deployment
  • Full-stack virtualization, enabling your cloud initiatives

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM PDT

Wednesday Aug 24, 2011

Did you know that WebLogic offers the lowest TCO of all application servers?

Crimson Consulting Group just published a whitepaper, titled “Cost of Ownership Analysis: Oracle WebLogic Server vs. JBoss”. In this whitepaper Crimson estimated that JBoss Application Server costs more than WebLogic Server after 2 years and as much as 35% more over 5 years.  This cost differential is primarily due to the following reasons:

1.  Oracle WebLogic Server enjoys significant ease-of-use and productivity advantages over JBoss, enabled by a robust array of available tools for configuration, administration, and management.

2.  These ease-of-use and productivity advantages translate to savings in both the time and the cost of the people required to implement, administrate, and operate the system – resulting in the 35 percent savings versus performing the same activities with JBoss.

According to Crimson, “The cost advantage that JBoss enjoys by offering free software is cut in half by the time the application goes live for the first time, cut in half again by the end of the first year after purchase, and completely eliminated before the 18-months-from-purchase mark.  From that point onwards, WebLogic Server is less expensive on a TCO basis – an advantage that grows every year, based on its 50 percent per year operating cost advantage.”

If the numbers are not convincing enough, please check out the customer quotes.  All the quotes are from customers who have used or evaluated Oracle WebLogic Server and/or JBoss.  The conclusions were based on in-depth interviews with staff of ten organizations representing 16 unique application server deployments that include Oracle WebLogic Server and JBoss.

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.  

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