Monday Sep 16, 2013

Virtualised Oracle Database Appliance POC – #4 WebLogic… We have lift-off! By Simon Haslam

To readers who have been following my ODA posts this one will come as a bit of a surprise, given that my last post (#3) was about physical networking: I now have Oracle Traffic Director and a 4 node WebLogic cluster up and running! Note: this work was actually done about 3 weeks ago but I have only just found time to write about it.Simon's hand searching for buttons to press on the ODA X3-2

What's happening is that my customer's DBAs have been beavering away on Dom1 (aka "ODA Base") creating a RAC database and importing data, whereas I am focussed on WebLogic. Therefore once Dom1 was running we've been able to work in parallel. There are actually some really interesting aspects about running databases on the virtualised ODA too, but to be honest I was too excited by this WebLogic stuff to blog in a more logical order!

Deploying WebLogic to Your ODA

So, once you have your ODA installed, booting from the virtual image, ODA Base loaded and configured, you're ready to install WebLogic. To do this firstly you need to  scp the special "WebLogic for ODA" VM template to both hosts - currently you can choose either 11g (10.3.6) or 12c (12.1.1) - and, if you're going to run Oracle Traffic Director (OTD), the special OTD template (11.1.1.7) too.You also need to scp and extract the clumsily-named "Oracle WebLogic Server Configuration for ODA Utility" (wls_configurator_...tar.gz) onto ODA Base (apparently this should be on Node 0, presumably because it does operations on the second node and assumes that will be Node 1). The next step is to log into ODA Base, set the DISPLAY to point to an X server on your desktop, and run up this WLS Config Utility (as I'll call it). Note you can actually pre-create the configuration elsewhere but you still end up running the utility interactively anyway as far as I could tell (albeit the pre-created configuration file would pre-fill fields).

WebLogic Server Configuration for Oracle Database Appliance - WebLogic Domain InformationAs Frances Zhao points out on the official WebLogic blog, there aren't many forms to fill in for the WLS Config Utility. As this was a Proof of Concept I had asked for a block of generic DNS names/IP addresses to play with. I wanted to build a 4 node WLS cluster (this is what the customer has at the moment for their main application) so I actually needed 9 IP addresses (3 for OTD, 1 for the application VIP, 1 for the admin server and 4 for managed servers). Following from the Welcome screen (which allows you to load a previously created configuration file) you start entering details of your required environment: Read the full article here.

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Friday Sep 13, 2013

The WebLogic on ODA Good News: Installation templates for X3-2 available

The installation templates for WebLogic on the latest ODA hardware, X3-2, now available on OTN.

Any questions - please contact frances.zhao@oracle.com oralexandra.huff@oracle.com.

Don't forget - we are highly looking for WebLogic on ODA customer success stories - interested please contact alexandra.huff@oracle.com.

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Thursday Jul 18, 2013

Virtualised Oracle Database Appliance Proof of Concept – #1 Planning by Simon Haslam

Next week I start working with a customer on a Proof of Concept (POC) on the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) and they have kindly given me permission to share the (non-confidential) findings on my blog. I have been following the Virtualised ODA pretty closely since last autumn, particularly with regards to running WebLogic and other Oracle Fusion Middleware products on it, so this promises to be pretty interesting.

ODAMy responsibility on the POC is for the WebLogic and Fusion Middleware side, so I probably would not be spending much time on the initial provisioning or how RAC runs on the ODA Base VMs. However, as part of planning my work, I've been thinking about the aspects of WebLogic on ODA we need to understand more about:

· Connectivity: the public network on the ODA is provided via 4 onboard 10Gbase-T (copper) ports (as compared to the ODA 1 which had PCI cards with SFP+ slots). This is fine for connecting into our public network as that's 1GbE, but we have an additional 10GbE network for storage (see below) which is uses active Twinax cables with built-in SFP+ so have had to get hold of a 10GBase-T switch module. This has been more of a problem for those, such as @fuadar, only using fibre for their 10GbE network since there's no obvious upgrade option for an ODA to provide SFP+.

· Installation/configuration: we know that the WLS ODA "Configurator" can build a single cluster domain with various resources but how much can that be changed afterwards? Our current build system is already highly automated - scripted product installations, patches, domain creation, security configuration and so on. Maybe this is atypical for Oracle's target market for the "WLS on ODA", but using the ODA WLS configuration tool will mean work to our existing deployment approach. The trick will be not to break Oracle's "one button patching", though I'm not sure how much investigation of this is possible given that I don't think there are any WLS patches yet.

· Real-world application considerations: Whilst we have a custom Java EE application running on WebLogic, the production virtual machines also run Oracle HTTP Server (OHS), Identity Management, Oracle Reports plus some other bits and bobs. It will be interesting to see whether it's better for us to use a provisioned VM template approach, or just have a standard VM (maybe even kick-started) and then install into them as we do now (the latter will be the easiest).

· Load balancing: currently we have a single OHS VM and use VMware to protect it (nice and simple). I would like to see how easy it is to replace the web tier for a real application by Oracle Traffic Director and whether it justifies the WL Suite licences it will use up.

· Storage: the local storage provided to the VMs, carved from the mirrored 600GB 10k SAS-2 disk pair in each server, seems to me to be virtualised ODA's biggest weakness. Even though middle tiers are, in theory, light on I/O, in practice applications often put more stress on their storage than you expect, whether that's due to excessive logging, for transactions or in this case, PDF output reports. Fortunately Oracle supports the use of external NFS storage with ODA, and we've got some NetApps, so I'll certainly be trying that out (hence the 10GbE requirement above).

· Admin Server high availability: in production we have the Admin Servers on their own separate management VM and, like OHS, protect them from hardware failure using vMotion. We'll need an alternative approach with ODA.

· Performance: the ODA X3-2 has E5-2690 SandyBridge-EP processors running at 2.9GHz, a generation newer than we have in production. Currently the POC has no objective to reduce cores used so I do not anticipate processor performance issues. We ran full load testing on the production environment prior to deployment but getting that set up can be quite resource intensive (especially during holiday season) so we may just have to do some sanity tests.

· Management: I would like to see how easily ODA hooks into an existing EM 12c, and what visibility it gives us across the stack down to hardware. Read the article here.

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Tuesday Jun 11, 2013

WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance by Frances Zhao

Would you like to learn a solution that saves time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of high availability Oracle Database and WebLogic Server? ODA

We are announcing exciting news of the availability of “Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance”!

Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance 2.5 offers a complete solution for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications in a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, and networking that delivers highly available database and WebLogic services. Built with world’s most popular database, Oracle Database and the industry’s best application server, Oracle WebLogic Server, and with its One-Button deployment capability, it delivers the combined high availability and simplicity. It reduces IT cost with the unique capacity-on-demand software licensing model.

For fully redundant system, storage, Oracle Database Appliance Manager Information, please check out the Oracle Database Appliance data sheet.

Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance provides:

  • Highly available WebLogic Server with two, four or eight node cluster options that provide the foundation for customers to build and deploy enterprise Java EE applications with support for new features in WebLogic 11g (10.3.6) and 12c (12.1.1).
  • Simple, reliable, affordable platform for deploying end-to-end solutions leveraging not only Oracle Database Real Application Clusters, but also WebLogic and the software load balancer for customers’ Java EE and Database investments.

Please check out the white paper, howto, FAQ, etc for more information:

  • Overview of WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance - OTN
  • Webcast: Introduction to Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance - Replay
  • Webcast: Technical Specifications of Oracle WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance - Replay
  • Partnercast: Oracle Database Appliance WebLogic Server - Replay

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Friday May 10, 2013

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 is a Simple, Reliable, Affordable system to run WebLogic!

The Oracle Database Appliance enables you to take advantage of the world's most popular database - Oracle Database in a single, easy-to-deploy and manage system and so also WebLogic!

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Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) is available for download! WebLogic 12c and WebLogic 11g are available on the machine. For download and details please visit the ODA on WLS OTN website.

imageOracle WebLogic Server 12c is the #1 application server for cloud and conventional environments. It provides the highest performance and scalability, dramatically simplifies deployment and management, and accelerates time to market with a modern, lightweight development platform.

This is a wonderful opportunity to consolidate both database and middleware infrastructure of our joint customers in one machine. As a first step we would like to invite you to watch our on-demand webcast.

At our WebLogic Community Workspace(WebLogic Community membership required) you can find the latest material on:

For more information about the hardware please visit the ODA website & ODA OTN website.

imageAs of March 2013, WebLogic Server Enterprise Edition (and implicitly included as part of WebLogic Suite) will include integration functionality to Oracle Database appliance ("Oracle WebLogic Software Kit for Oracle Database Appliance"). The following can be obtained by deploying WebLogic Server EE in Oracle Database Appliance:

  • Pre-configured highly available WebLogic Server with 2, 4 or 8 nodes cluster options that provide the foundation for the customers to build and deploy enterprise Java EE applications with support for new features in 11g (10.3.6) and 12c (12.1.2).
  • Simple, Reliable, Affordable platform for deploying end-to-end solutions leveraging not only Oracle Database RAC, but also WebLogic Server to provide the environment for the customers’ mission critical investment.
  • Do you want to try WebLogic on the ODA?
  • Do you want to run a customer proof of concept for WebLogic & ODA?
  • Do you want to test your application on WebLogic & ODA?

Arrow ECSArrow one of Oracle’s distributors offers you test systems in the following countries: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Norway & Nordics, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium & Luxemburg.Oracle Database Appliance X3-2

To request details and a server please contact Arrow ECS local Oracle team or Tomasz Iwanciw, Oracle EMEA Business Development Manager, Arrow ECS EMEA, Tel.: +48 12 616 43 44, E-mail: Tomasz Iwanciw.

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Friday Apr 05, 2013

Minimierter Entwicklungs- und Wartungsaufwand mit der Oracle Java Appliance by Cyrill Rüttimann

Die Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) ist für den Betrieb von Java Enterprise Applikationen ausgelegt. Mit einem einfachen Wizard lassen sich die dazu nötigen Applikations- und Datenbankserver konfigurieren. Die Appliance lässt sich mittels flexibler Lizenzierung auf die Projektbedürfnisse massschneidern. ODA ist viel mehr als eine Datenbank Appliance.

Mit der überarbeiteten Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) steht eine Plattform bestehend aus Datenbank- und Applikationsserver für den Betrieb von hochverfügbaren Applikationen auf dem Java-Stack zur Verfügung. Mit der Appliance wird auch eine Betriebssoftware mitgeliefert, welche die komplexen Arbeitsschritte Installation, Konfiguration und Wartung in einer verständlichen Benutzerschnittstelle zentralisiert. Die Lizenzierung der Datenbank und des Applikationsservers ist flexibel und basiert auf den tatsächlich benötigten Prozessoren.

In einem Tag produktionsfähig

Um eine Applikation zu entwickeln sind mehrere Umgebungen bestehend aus Hard- und Software aufzusetzen wie Entwicklung, Continous Integration, Test, Abnahme und Produktion. Bisher hat der Initialaufwand für das Aufsetzen sowie die stetige Anpassung der Umgebungen viel Aufwand (typischerweise mehrere Tage) bedeutet. Vielfach resultierten auch divergierende Konfigurationen welche zu unerwarteten Problemen führten. Dieser Aufwand erhöht sich weiter, wenn das System hohen Ansprüchen an den Betrieb genügen muss, wie zum Beispiel der Hochverfügbarkeit (d.h. dem Betrieb von Clustern). Die Oracle Database Appliance kann durch die Automatisierung und Vereinfachung von Arbeitsschritten einen wesentlichen Beitrag in der Reduktion der Aufwände sowie in der Konsistenz der verschiedenen Umgebungen leisten. Mit der mitgelieferten Betriebssoftware und der zentralen, einfach zu bedienenden Benutzerschnittstelle kann diese Appliance in einem Tag schlüsselfertig installiert werden und steht danach den Projekten unmittelbar zur Verfügung; je nach Einsatz als Entwicklungs- und/oder Testumgebung oder als Produktionsumgebung.

Flexible, skalierbare und hochverfügbare Appliance
Die nachfolgende Abbildung zeigt den logischen Aufbau einer Oracle Database Appliance.

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Thursday Apr 04, 2013

WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance X3-2: resources for Oracle partners

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 is a Simple. Reliable. Affordable. system to run WEBLOGIC!

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2

The Oracle Database Appliance enables you to take advantage of the world's most popular database—Oracle Data base—in a single, easy-to-deploy and manage system and now also WebLogic!

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is the #1 application server for cloud and conventional environments. It provides the highest performance and scalability, dramatically simplifies deployment and management, and accelerates time to market with a modern, lightweight development platform.

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This is a wonderful opportunity to consolidate both database and middleware infrastructure of our joint customers in one machine. As a first step we would like to invite you to watch our on-demand webcast.

At our WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required) you can find the latest material:

As of March 2013, WebLogic Server Enterprise Edition (and implicitly included as part of WebLogic Suite) will include integration functionality to Oracle Database appliance ("Oracle WebLogic Software Kit for Oracle Database Appliance") The following can be obtained by deploying WebLogic Server EE in Oracle Database Appliance:

· Pre-configured highly available WebLogic Server with 2, 4 or 8 nodes cluster options that provide the foundation for the customers to build and deploy enterprise Java EE applications with support for new features in 11g (10.3.6) and 12c (12.1.2).

· Simple, Reliable, Affordable platform for deploying end-to-end solutions leveraging not only Oracle Database RAC, but also WebLogic Server to provide the environment for the customers’ mission critical investment.

You want to try WebLogic on the ODA?
clip_image002You want to run a customer proof of concept for WebLogic & ODA?
You want to test your application on WebLogic & ODA?

Arrow one of Oracle’s distributors offers you test systems in the following countries: UK, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Norway & Nordics, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium & Luxemburg.
To request details and a server please contact Arrow ECS local Oracle team or Tomasz Iwanciw, ORACLE EMEA Business Development Manager, Arrow ECS EMEA, Tel.: +48 12 616 43 44, E-mail: Tomasz.Iwanciw@arrowecs.pl

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Announcement: WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance by QUALOGY

Last week I was informed by Oracle of the fact that WebLogic Server Enterprise Edition (and implicitly included as part of WebLogic Suite) will include integration functionality to Oracle Database appliance (‘Oracle WebLogic Software Kit for Oracle Database Appliance’) on Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 hardware.
The following can be obtained by deploying WebLogic Server EE in Oracle Database Appliance:

  • Pre-configured highly available WebLogic Server with 2, 4 or 8 nodes cluster options that provide the foundation for the customers to build and deploy enterprise Java EE applications with support for new features in 11g (10.3.6) and 12c (12.1.2).
  • Simple, Reliable, Affordable platform for deploying end-to-end solutions leveraging not only Oracle Database RAC, but also WebLogic Server.

Now, a customer can be very fast in bringing up it’s WebLogic on ODA. These are, as Oracle tells, the general steps to take:

  • Implement ODA in your Datacenter
  • Download Database, WLS Appliance Manager and WLS ODA from EDelivery
  • Run the Oracle Appliance Manager and WLS Domain Configuration

Read the full article here.

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WebLogic-In-A-Box by Sten Vesterli

Oracle has just announced a new Oracle Database Appliance, this time with WebLogic. So if you are looking to move to WebLogic and want a high availability environment, read on.

Like the previous editionimages of the Oracle Database Appliance, this is a physical 4-U rack mounted box that comes with a standard software bundle - new is that WebLogic is included. You connect power and network and run the setup wizards to install the pre-packaged database and weblogic bundles and have a high availability environment up and running in a day.

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Oracle Database Appliance X3-2: official launch by Simon Haslam

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2: official launch

Today was the official launch of the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) X3-2 in a webcast delivered by Oracle President Mark Hurd and Database Senior VP Andy Mendelsohn, and they were joined with a panel of 3 customers. Replay the webcast <TBC>.

This announcement has brought together a set of recent improvements to ODA:

  • hardware component updates,
  • an optional additional storage array,
  • a virtualisation option to allow you to run the database and other products in VMs,
  • a licence change to allow you to run Oracle Traffic Director (OTD) on ODA (not just Exalogic),
  • the packaging up of WebLogic and for ODA.

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WebLogic Server on ODA available for download

Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) is available for download! WebLogic 12c and WebLogic 11g are available on the machine. For download and details please visit the ODA on WLS OTN website.

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Tuesday Jan 29, 2013

WebLogic webcasts–rapid development & upgrade

Can’t attend the WebLogic hands-on bootcamps, but want to learn more about WebLogic – watch our webcasts:

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Thursday Jan 24, 2013

Channel Partner Kit – Upgrading Oracle iAS to WebLogic – Boost Performance and Cut Costs

This Channel Partner Kit contains materials for Partners to create demand generation activities for Oracle WebLogic and Oracle hardware with focus on the customer benefits of migrating from Internet Application Server to WebLogic.

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We are looking for local partners to run iAS to WebLogic campaigns. Please contact Juergen.kress@oracle.com if you are interested.

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Monday May 07, 2012

iAS to WebLogic Migration: Increase Performance, Scalability & Reliability – Free Live Webinar by C2B2 Consulting 18th of May

Learn how, by switching to Oracle WebLogic Server, you can reduce costs and risks, increase operational efficiency and gain new rich functionality. Register

With the Release of Fusion Middleware 11g, WebLogic Server became Oracle’s Strategic Appimagelication Server for all future products. Oracle WebLogic Server provides much greater performance, scalability and operational management capabilities and provides a solid foundation on which to build and deploy future JEE applications.

Friday, May 18, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BST – Show in my Time Zone

Register and find out more about C2B2 iAS to WLS Migration approach


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Tuesday Feb 28, 2012

Networking @ WebLogic Partner Community

You missed the Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forum?

You want to network within the Community? Make sure you use our social network services:

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