Wednesday Feb 05, 2014

Fast Data in Action

      A demonstration of how Fusion Middleware can be used to build an architecture based on Oracle Event Processor, Coherence and Oracle Database for customers that have a requirement for a mixture of real-time processing, near-time analysis and long running batch analysis of the same or a similar data set. This use-case is certainly common in Financial Services where customers need to process market and financial data in real-time as well as analyse long-term trends in large data sets. This architecture will also be applicable to any industry where the customer has requirements for analysing data at different frequencies and volumes.

     For example:
       • Financial Services -- Real-time Market and Financial data
       • Commercial Banking -- Customer Experience
       • Retail -- Real-time point of sale analysis
       • Telecommunications -- Real-time billing analysis
       • Oil and Gas -- Drilling (upstream) analysis
       • Energy -- Smart metering
       • Logistics -- Vehicle location analysis

In January 2014 we recorded a webcast for Fast Data. Please see it here.

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.

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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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 Apr 05, 2013

Cloud Application Foundation: What's New?

This week’s Cloud Application Foundation (CAF) blogs—WebLogic, Coherence and Tuxedo—all talk about exciting new updates in each product area. The WebLogic blog describes new capabilities made available by WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance 2.5. The Coherence blog announces the spring edition of the New York Coherence Special Interest Group held on April 10. And, the Tuxedo blog focuses on three new high availability features in the Tuxedo 12c release.


WebLogic

This week, Oracle announced exciting news about WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance 2.5—a complete solution for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications in a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, and networking. Not only does this solution deliver highly available database and WebLogic services, it also it reduces IT cost with a unique capacity-on-demand software licensing model.

Read the blog, WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance, for more details.  

Coherence

The Coherence blog, New York Coherence SIG on April 10, describes the NYCSIG, scheduled to take place on April 10, 2013 from 1:00-5:00 pm ET at the Oracle Office, 120 Park Avenue, 26th Floor, New York, NY. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear what’s new in Coherence and talk with subject matter experts. Links to registration, the agenda and additional information is included in the blog.

Tuxedo

In the Tuxedo blog, Chief Oracle Tuxedo Architect, Todd Little, discusses three new features in the Tuxedo 12cR1 that help improve the availability of Tuxedo based applications. Todd describes how the *ROUTING section can now specify up to three server groups that can be associated with a range of values, allowing application partition to span up to 3 machines. He also talks about how automatic migration of machines and server groups and service versioning enhance Tuxedo’s capability to support highly available applications. Check out the blog for more details.

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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.  

For more information

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

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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 May 24, 2011

Oracle Tuxedo: An Enterprise Platform for Dynamic Languages

Till now, there was no application server around to serve as the container for applications developed in scripting languages. The lack of an app server meant that there was no life cycle management, monitoring, or many other features that an application server is expected to provide. One of the reasons for the absence of a good application server platform was that most of the situational applications (applications developed using scripting languages) when initially designed, do not really consider future RASP requirements: reliability, availability, scalability and performance. By definition, these applications are required to provide a quick solution to solve a specific problem and time-to-market is critical. But this does not really mean that situational application do not require scalability and high availability. Many of these situational applications grow with business. They become popular and critical due to their ability to solve users' current problems and ability to be quickly enhanced. Scalability and availability then become critical to preserve investment. Also, eventually, as usage of these applications grows with the organization, they must communicate with other enterprise applications. These other enterprise applications could be written in Java, C/C++ or even in COBOL in a heterogeneous environment. There has to be a way for situational applications to be good enterprise citizens so that cross communication among various applications, whether situational or enterprise, can take place. So how do we solve this problem? With Oracle Tuxedo, of course.

Tuxedo is an application server for developing and deploying applications written in C/C++, COBOL and now PHP, Python and Ruby. Tuxedo provides functionality as is expected of an application server, starting with a container for business logic written in various programming languages. Tuxedo also provides life cycle management for these services, such as starting/stopping, suspend/resume, dynamically starting more instances, restarts, etc. In addition, Tuxedo provides clustering capabilities for high availability and scalability.

Want to learn more? Read this brand new white paper written by Deepak Goel, Tuxedo's Senior Director of Product Management.

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