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 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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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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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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