Monday May 06, 2013

Oracle Excellence Awards: Achieve Global Recognition for your Innovative use of Oracle Cloud Application Foundation Solutions

Are you using Oracle WebLogic Server, Coherence and/or Tuxedo in innovative ways to achieve significant business value? Would you like to be recognized globally by Oracle for your innovation? Would you like the chance to win a Free registration to Oracle OpenWorld 2013 for a chance to mingle with your peers and Oracle executives?

If you answered yes to the questions above, you’re a great candidate for the Cloud Application Foundation category of the Oracle Excellence Awards.

What is the Cloud Application Foundation category?

The “Cloud Application Foundation” (CAF) category is for customers using either a single component or multiple components from the CAF group of products, which includes Oracle WebLogic Suite, Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Tuxedo, Oracle Coherence, Oracle GlassFish Server, Oracle JRockit, Oracle Application Server and Oracle Enterprise Manager.

What are the nomination criteria?

  • Your company uses at least one component from the Cloud Application Foundation
  • This solution should be in production or active development
  • Your submission must be in by Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How do I submit a nomination?

1. Go to the Call for Nominations site: click here.

2. In the ‘About the Award’ section, select the category, “Oracle Cloud Application Foundation”

3. Complete the Cloud Application Foundation Nomination Form with as much detail as possible.

4. Submit completed form and any relevant supporting documents to this email address:
Innovation-Middleware_us@oracle.com

5. Email subject category “Cloud Application Foundation” when submitting your nomination.

6. Winners will be judged on multiple criteria including, but not limited to:

· Project ROI / Level of impact (ROI/soft benefits) relative to the size of the organization

· Complexity/magnitude of implementation

· Originality of architecture

· Uniqueness of business use case

7. Oracle may contact you to collect additional details, if necessary.

8. Winners will be notified the week of August 5th, 2013.

What are the benefits of being selected as an award winner?

Your customers and peers will learn more about your innovative achievements with Oracle Cloud Application Foundation solutions. Your management and team will be globally recognized for your pioneering work. And, you will win a Free registration to Oracle OpenWorld 2013 where you can share best practices with your peers and Oracle executives.

Hear what past award winners have to say. Click here for video interviews.

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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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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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Friday Mar 22, 2013

Take Advantage of Powerful Cloud Application Foundation (CAF) Capabilities

This week’s blogs focus on how you can take advantage of advanced capabilities offered by Cloud Application Foundation solutions for ease of integration, increased efficiency, reduced cost, and improved time to market.

The WebLogic blog provides Oracle Forms customers with information about how to get more value from their current application infrastructure by upgrading to Oracle Forms 11g running on WebLogic 12c. Tuxedo customers can see a demo and find out how to partition Tuxedo applications into different virtual application domains, machines and server groups to respond effectively to changing business needs. And, the Coherence blog provides links to four new YouTube videos recorded at the Coherence Special Interest Group meeting that took place in London in November, 2012. Check out the descriptions below for more detail.

WebLogic

If you’re an Oracle Forms customer, you may be interested in learning how you can protect your investment in Oracle Forms and respond quickly and cost effectively to customer needs by switching to Oracle WebLogic Server. Find out how you can reduce operational costs while improving service levels. Learn about foundational technologies included in WebLogic Suite i.e. Oracle E-Business Suite. Discover how Oracle Forms and Reports support included in Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder makes it possible for administrators to quickly configure and provision entire multi-tier enterprise applications onto virtualized and cloud environments. For more information, read the blog: Are you an Oracle Forms Customer? Consider running on WebLogic Server to take advantage of brand new and advanced capabilities.

And don’t miss the Webcast: Virtualize and Run Your Forms Applications in the Cloud- It Pays to Upgrade to Oracle WebLogic Server 12c.

Tuxedo

This week’s Tuxedo blog describes how the Application Service Version Feature allows you to deploy different versions of Tuxedo application services in a domain or across domains without changing the existing application. Find out how you can logically partition Tuxedo applications into different virtual application domains, machines, and server groups to respond to various business requirements, including uninterrupted application upgrade for high availability.

The blog, Application Service Version-Oracle Tuxedo 12c, includes a video with a live demo and information about how you can use Application Service Version Feature to plan, develop, test, scale, and deploy Oracle Tuxedo applications.

Coherence

A number of presentations from the Coherence Special Interest Group meeting that took in London in November, 2012 were recorded and have been uploaded to YouTube. Topics include information about how to take advantage of capabilities like:

  • Using patterns for effectively integrating Oracle Coherence and Oracle’s Event Processing engine to perform distributed event processing, based on real-world experience
  • Techniques for developing applications that require evolvable data for continuous availability and operation
  • How Oracle Coherence can be used to perform pivot-table like queries using the Coherence GroupAggregator
  • How the Oracle Coherence network architecture benefits from Exabus’ MessageBus API

Visit the blog, Oracle Coherence Special Interest Group Presentations Published, for links to the YouTube videos.

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Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

Cloud Application Foundation--The Integrated Story

Welcome

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.

Are you considering cloud deployment on premise,  in the public cloud or in a hybrid model?
Have you determined what cloud infrastructure solution you plan to use?
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