As I remarked during the early days of Oracle's acquisition of BEA, Tuxedo has proven to be one of the more interesting - if under-appreciated - aspects of the BEA-now-Oracle product line.
Although not well known in developer circles, Tuxedo is the rock upon which millions of business-critical transactions are run today. Interestingly, it now also proving to be an important component in Oracle's new Application Grid solution, which more or less debuted this week in this InfoWorld Webcast.
Application Grid, which is premised on a bundle comprising WebLogic Server, Tuexdo, JRockit, Coherence, and Oracle Enterprise Manager with WebLogic Operations Control, is all about applying the database grid concept of resource pooling and sharing to the application infrastructure layer. It's a natural progression; in fact, when you think about it, taking SOA to its logical conclusion - which is its whole point of course - will indeed lead you to an Application Grid environment, in which resource utilization dynamically ebbs and flows based on required service levels.
This is pretty interesting initiative; I'm going to look for more content at Oracle OpenWorld and Develop next week. A good bet will be Ted Farrell's (Chief Fusion Apps Architect) Monday morning keynote at Develop (10:15am at the Marriott). For those of you also interested in the Charles Phillips/Chuck Rozwat keynote in Moscone at 9am: No worries, that keynote will be piped into the Marriott so you will easily have enough time to watch that and then attend Ted's keynote in person.