Tuesday May 21, 2013

The Me Too Cloud-- by Ayalla Goldschmidt, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Fusion Middleware

Why does everybody and their brother think they can get so easily into the Cloud business? “Build it and they will come” seems to be the prevailing mentality. That was the only possible conclusion from the couple of hours I spent at CloudConnect last month. I did my usual solution center tour. (As a marketing leader, I love checking out the competition and new cool ideas for marketing). But what captured my attention the most at this show, is that I really hadn’t heard about many of the vendors out there. And I was betting myself that most customers at the show had the same reaction.

At a time where Cloud Computing has almost become synonymous with IT, I think it’s a great opportunity to remind everyone that the fundamentals of IT haven’t changed with Cloud Computing, they only become more significant. If you’re looking to deliver applications that can withstand the pace of change, endure the demands of mobile access and meet the scale of Cloud, well, the list of vendors who live up to that PaaS challenge becomes strikingly short.

But don’t just take it from me. Gartner analysts Massimo Pezzini and Andy Butler shared their perspective on what a Cloud Enabled Application Platform requires.

Source: Oracle 2012 Webcast, "The Road to a Cloud-Enabled, Infinitely Elastic Application Infrastructure" featuring Gartner Analysts Massimo Pezzini and Andy Butler.

Support for Hybrid Cloud - having the flexibility to share data across Private and Public Clouds in a Hybrid Cloud model allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. It allows you to set your desired design points around security, quality of service, IT skills and cost model (CAPEX/OPEX)

Mission Critical Support - There is a critical need for reliability, availability, performance and scalability in these platforms, because they need to support hundreds of thousands or even millions of users and in some cases with fluctuating demand.

Unified Management & Monitoring - are critical for simplifying IT. A Cloud Platform should provide a single pane of glass to view your entire Cloud infrastructure.

Out of the box Integration- Your platform should be factory-integrated and factory-tested, it should be able to get you up and running very quickly.

To learn more about Cloud Enabled Application Platforms, listen to this Gartner Webcast

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation is a platform designed to meet these very needs. With this platform our customers are now ready to make the move to Cloud:

  • It offers choice to develop applications on Oracle Cloud, our Public Cloud offering or on premise in a Private Cloud, and because both are based on our industry leading application server, WebLogic Server, you can create your desired Hybrid model.
  • Products like WebLogic Server, Tuxedo and Coherence have been proven through thousands of customer implementations around the world. They set the benchmark of High Availability, density and performance.
  • Enterprise Manager provides native Cloud Management for Cloud Application Foundation allowing you to have a single view of your entire platform from application to disk.
  • Finally, you can benefit from out of the box integration of your Cloud infrastructure by running your Private Cloud on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, designed to increase the density of your Cloud environment and take costs out of the equation.

So next time you see a new Cloud vendor whose name you haven’t heard before, ask them how they stack up against these four criteria and the answer will give you a hint as to how likely they are to be around for next year’s line up.

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Monday Apr 15, 2013

Cloud Application Foundation Week in Review

Cloud Application Foundation blogs this week include Market Share results for WebLogic Server based on the Gartner Market Share, All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2012 report released on March 29, 2013; a customer case study on how Thomson Reuters Westlaw uses Oracle Coherence to improve scalability, availability and performance; and information about how easy it is to develop and deploy Tuxedo services in Java with step by step descriptions and sample code.

WebLogic Server

Oracle is #1 in the Application Server Market segment again with 40. 7% of the market share according to the Gartner Market Share report that was released March 2013. Read the WebLogic blog to find out more and for links to supporting information.

Coherence

Thomson Reuters Westlaw, one of the primary online legal research services for lawyer and legal professionals, provides proprietary data services and information from more than 30,000 databases of case law, statutes, synopses, treatises, best practices, news articles and public records. Read the Coherence blog to find out how they improved scalability and performance with Oracle Coherence.

Tuxedo

Developing Tuxedo services in Java in easy and straightforward. Read the Tuxedo blog for more information about Java Server support in Tuxedo and the programming environment. Find out the steps needed to develop and deploy Java service on Tuxedo and how to configure the Tuxedo Java Server. Sample implementation and configuration code is included.

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Friday Mar 29, 2013

Cloud Application Foundation: Show me, don’t just tell me

This week’s Cloud Application Foundation blogs—WebLogic, Coherence and Tuxedo—are about ‘show me’, not ‘tell me’. The blogs include demos, a customer presentation, and how to presentations.

WebLogic

The WebLogic blog, Hotelbeds Enhances its IT infrastructure with Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence, features a video with Juan Di Dos, Director of IT for Hotelbeds, showing how they aggregated all their applications on one platform. You’ll see how by consolidating on WebLogic and Coherence, they have reduced maintenance costs by more than 165%

Coherence

The Coherence blog, Be Part of the Conversation: Plan to present at Oracle Open World or JavaOne 2013, shows how you can share your experiences with your peers by submitting a proposal to present at Oracle Open World or JavaOne. It provides descriptions and links to presentations from JavaOne 2012 to get you inspired.

Tuxedo

The Tuxedo blog, Oracle Tuxedo Mainframe Adapters Provide High Availability, Failover and Load Balancing—See the Demo, includes information that explains how Oracle Tuxedo Mainframe Adapters provide bi-directional, fully transactional access to and from mainframe CICS, IMS and batch applications. A video demo shows how to configure Tuxedo Mainframe Adapters for high availability, failover and load balancing.

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Thursday Mar 14, 2013

Cloud Application Foundation—Ease of Use

The theme this week is ease of use. Cloud Application Foundation offerings are designed with ease of integration and ease of use in mind.

The WebLogic Server blog talks about why you should consider upgrading to WebLogic Server 12 c (WLS) and how easy it is to upgrade. Thousands of customers have already upgraded to WLS 12 c so the upgrade path is tested and well understood. In addition, Oracle provides powerful documentation and upgrade assistant tooling including WebLogic Smart Upgrade, Upgrade Assistant and JDeveloper Migrators. Check out the brief description below and, for more information, visit the WebLogic blog and sign up for the webcast, It Pays to Upgrade to Oracle WebLogic Server.

This week’s Tuxedo blog gives an overview of Oracle SALT, the Web services gateway for Tuxedo. It discusses the SALT Web service architecture; some of the benefits it provides, and links to a demo that shows how easy it is to call an existing Web service from Tuxedo. Check out the description in the Tuxedo section below and read the full Tuxedo blog by clicking here.

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WebLogic Server 12c

Is it time to upgrade your application server?
There are a number of reasons you may want to consider upgrading your application server to WebLogic Server 12c. You are an upgrade candidate if you are:  

  • Running Mission-Critical Applications
  • Running Web Applications with Session Management requirements
  • Running Low Latency Applications
  • Consolidating your Data Center
  • Consolidating and eventually going to create a private Cloud infrastructure
  • Using Oracle Database RAC

WebLogic Server 12c provides an on ramp to a strategic platform where new technical innovations are rapidly coming online. With WebLogic Server, you can seamlessly move from small implementations to the largest enterprise deployments while maintaining quality of service and manageability.

For more information about upgrading to WebLogic Server 12c

Blog: Are you using the application server that best serves your changing business needs? Maybe it’s time to consider an upgrade?

Webcast: It pays to Upgrade to Oracle WebLogic Server, March 27 at 10 am PT, 1 pm ET

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Oracle Tuxedo

Invoking an existing Web service is easy with Oracle Service Architecture Leveraging Tuxedo (SALT), a standards-based, bi-directional Web Services gateway.

Oracle SALT provides reliable, transparent access to existing Oracle Tuxedo service as standard Web services. Oracle Tuxedo applications can also call external Web services as Tuxedo services with the gateway transforming the call using SOAP over HTTP protocol. This provides widespread access to applications using Web services without having to use Web services specific coding.  It also provides interoperability among distributed applications that span diverse hardware and software platforms.  

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Blog: Calling an existing Web service from Tuxedo is easy—See for yourself

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Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

Cloud Application Foundation--The Integrated Story

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Welcome to the Oracle Cloud Application Foundation (CAF) blog- a place where we plan to share information and updates about Oracle’s Cloud platform which includes WebLogic Server, Tuxedo and Coherence in-memory data grid.

In these pages you will find interviews with technical experts, developers and industry leaders about technologies relevant to you. You will also find links to all of the CAF social media assets so you can easily view new topics and navigate to those that interest you most.

Even more importantly, it’s a place where we hope to hear from you. We would like to get your thoughts in the comments section about topics you would like to hear more (or less) about and any questions and suggestion you may have about the CAF portfolio.

The focus for this week’s blog is Cloud Application Foundation—The Integrated Story.

We hope you enjoy it. Check back often for new content and make sure to tell us what you think!

Cloud Application Foundation--The Integrated Story

So, what exactly is Oracle Cloud Application Foundation? How does it fit into the bigger picture?

The Oracle Cloud Application Foundation is the foundational infrastructure of Fusion Middleware which is a broad portfolio covering not only the core application server infrastructure in Cloud Application Foundation, but the development tools, enterprise management, identity management, service integration, data integration, business intelligence management, and user engagement.

Fusion Middleware is a complete, open, integrated, best in class solution that can be run on premise and in the cloud.

 

What technologies are included in CAF?

Drilling down into Cloud Application Foundation, you will see the fundamental, enabling technologies:

  • Virtual Assembly Builder
  • WebLogic Server
  • Coherence
  • Tuxedo
  • Traffic Director/Web Tier

 

WebLogic Server is the #1 application server across conventional and cloud environments. It provides the highest performance and scalability, dramatically simplifies deployment and management, and accelerates time to market with a modern, lightweight development platform. WebLogic server is designed to help you seamlessly move into the public or private cloud with an open, standards-based platform. It’s optimized to run your solutions for Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE); Oracle Fusion Middleware; and Oracle Fusion Applications. WebLogic is enhanced and integrated with transformational technologies such as Java EE 6, Oracle’sActive GridLink for RAC, Oracle Traffic Director, and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder. Learn more.

Oracle Coherence, the industry leading in-memory data grid, provides fast and reliable access to frequently used data. Coherence adds in a layer of in-memory capability between your back end resources and the database allowing you to move data that your applications are accessing into memory close to the applications.

It can provide significant performance, scalability and reliability benefits due to being a clustered peer-peer in-memory data grid.  Common uses beyond caching include buffering and scaling access to backend data sources like databases and mainframes and doing in-memory queries and compute of data stored in the in-memory data grid.
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Oracle Tuxedo Oracle Tuxedo is the C/C++/Cobol application server of choice, running mission-critical applications in conventional and cloud deployments. It is deeply integrated with WebLogic Server enabling bi-directional transactional communication between Java applications and C/C++/Cobol applications. Further, there are a variety of common use cases with Coherence as an in-memory data grid integrated with Tuxedo. Learn more.

Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder makes it possible for administrators to quickly configure and provision entire multi-tier application topologies onto virtualized and cloud environments. It helps you automate, provision, and be much more agile in rolling out new applications spanning many virtual machines, treating them as a single deployment and management blueprint. This makes lifecycle operations for these virtual machine assemblies - such as deployment, administering, patching and upgrading - significantly easier. Learn more.

Oracle Traffic Director/Web Tier is a fast, scalable layer-7 software load balancer that you can deploy as the reliable entry point for all HTTP and HTTPS traffic to application infrastructure in your network. By design, it is deeply integrated with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, complementing that engineered cloud solution. Learn more.

One of the key aspects of the Cloud Application Foundation is that it is not only the foundation of Oracle Fusion Middleware but it also the core platform underlying the Oracle Cloud at cloud.oracle.com as well as the key foundational cloud infrastructure for Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle’s engineered system for cloud deployments.

Watch here for regular updates and blogs about Cloud Application Foundation, WebLogic, Tuxedo and Coherence.

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