Friday Oct 18, 2013

Customer Highlight: NTT DOCOMO

NTT DOCOMO is the largest mobile operator in Japan, and serves over 13 million smartphone customers. Due to their growing data processing and scalability needs, they turned to Oracle's Cloud Application Foundation products for an integral soultion.

At Oracle OpenWorld 2012, we first showcased NTT DOCOMO as a customer who was utilizing Oracle Coherence to process mobile data at a rate of 700,000 events per second (and then using Hadoop for distributed processing of big data). Overall, this Led to a 50% cost reduction due to the ultra-high velocity traffic processing of their customers' events.



Recently, on October 7th, 2013, Oracle and NTT DOCOMO were proud to again announce a partnership around another key component of Oracle CAF: WebLogic Server. WebLogic was recently deployed as the application platform of choice to run DOCOMO's mission-critical data system ALADIN, which connects nationwide shops and information centers. ALADIN, which also utilizes Oracle Database and Oracle Tuxedo, is based on Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), which has allowed the company to operate smoothly while minimizing additional development and modification associated with the migration of application server products.

We look forward to continuing to partner with NTT DOCOMO, and are proud that Oracle Cloud Application Foundation products are providing the mission-critical solutions - at scale - that DOCOMO requires.

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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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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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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.

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.

Tuesday Jun 28, 2011

How to go from Mainframe to the Cloud?

Running applications on IBM mainframes is expensive, complex, and hinders IT responsiveness. The high costs from frequent forced upgrades, long integration cycles, and complex operations infrastructures can only be alleviated by migrating away from a mainframe environment.  Further, data centers are planning for cloud enablement pinned on principles of operating at significantly lower cost, very low upfront investment, operating on commodity hardware and open, standards based systems, and decoupling of hardware, infrastructure software, and business applications. These operating principles are in direct contrast with the principles of operating businesses on mainframes. By utilizing technologies such as Oracle Tuxedo, Oracle Coherence, and Oracle GoldenGate, businesses are able to quickly and safely migrate away from their IBM mainframe environments. Further, running Oracle Tuxedo and Oracle Coherence on Oracle Exalogic, the first and only integrated cloud machine on the market, Oracle customers can not only run their applications on standards-based open systems, significantly cutting their time to market and costs, they can start their journey of cloud enabling their mainframe applications.

  • Oracle Tuxedo re-hosting tools and techniques can provide automated migration coverage for more than 95% of mainframe application assets, at a fraction of the cost
  • Oracle GoldenGate can migrate data from mainframe systems to open systems, eliminating risks associated with the data migration
  • Oracle Coherence hosts transactional data in memory providing mainframe-like data performance and linear scalability
  • Running Oracle software on top of Oracle Exalogic empowers customers to start their journey of cloud enabling their mainframe applications

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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.

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