WebLogic & FMW Provisioning update by Amis

Already a year has passed since I wrote about WebLogic and Fusion Middleware provisioning with Puppet. In this year provisioning got a great boost with the popularity of DevOps and provisioning tools like Puppet, Chef or in combination with  Vagrant & Oracle VirtualBox.

Provisioning without tooling can be hard for companies when they also do their own development or have many applications with its own lifecycle. For example applications can have different database vendors/ versions / types like SQL, NoSQL or Big Data and can run on different Middleware servers like .Net, JBoss or WebLogic with or without OSB & SOA Suite.

Plus with loosely coupled architecture the application probably interacts with a few databases, have a few middleware components and integration with other applications. Combine this with a new trend to have components on premise or in the cloud, you know it can take some time to set this up.

One environment is not enough for the whole application lifecycle, you need to have a development, test and acceptance environment and combine this with Continuous integration and deployment. I personally noticed that projects are heavily delayed cause there is no environment or the environment is not like the production environment.

Provisioning was a hot topic on Oracle Openworld 2013, many OOW sessions mentioned or talked about it and in this article we will talk about what is possible now and what the future will be.

Screen Shot 2013-10-26 at 16.18.25First Oracle feels our pain and is slowing changing WebLogic. In WebLogic 12.1.2 we can already see the first results.
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  • 1 WebLogic + Coherence jar for all Operating Systems, 32 or 64 architecture and without a JDK
  • 1 jar with WebLogic, Coherence and FMW infrastructure
  • 1 way of installing (OUI) and patching (OPatch)
  • Better WebLogic Maven support, this way we can install WebLogic or create a Domain from Maven. Read the complete article here.

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