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Elastic PaaS with WebLogic and OpenStack, part I

Oracle OpenStack

In my previous blog I described the steps to get OpenStack on Solaris up and running. Now we'll explore how WebLogic and OpenStack can work together to deliver truly elastic Middleware Platform as a Service.

Middleware / Platform as a Service goals

First, let's define what PaaS should be : PaaS offerings facilitate the deployment of applications without the complexity of managing the underlying hardware and software and provisioning hosting capabilities.

To break it down:

- PaaS provides a complete platform for hosting solutions (Java EE, SOA, BPM, ...)

- Infrastructure provisioning (virtual machine, OS, platform) and managing is hidden from the PaaS user [administrator or developer]

- Additionally, PaaS could / should define target SLAs, and the platform should ensure the SLAs are meet automatically.

PaaS use case

To make it more tangible, we have an IT Administrator who has the requirement to deploy a Java EE enterprise application. The application is used by external users who need to submit reports by the end of each month. As a result, the number of concurrent users will fluctuate, with expected huge spikes around the end of each month.

The SLA agreed by the management is that no more than 100 requests should be waiting to be processes at any given time. In addition, the IT admin has no more than 3 days to have the platform and the application operational.

The Challenges

Some of the challenges the IT Administrator is facing are:

- how are we going to ensure the processing power?

- how are we going to provision the (virtual) machines, Java EE platform and deploy the application?

- how are we going to monitor the SLA?

- how are we going to react to SLA, and increase capacity? 

The Ideal Solution

Ideally, the whole process should be automated, "set it and forget" and require no human interaction:

- The vendor packages the solution as deployable image(s)

- The images are deployed to the IaaS

- From there, automated processes take care of SLA 

Solution Architecture with WebLogic 12c, Dynamic Clusters, OpenStack & Solaris

OracleSolaris provides OS and virtualisation through Solaris Zones

OpenStack is a part of Solaris 11.2 and provides Cloud Management (console and API)

WebLogic 12c with Dynamic Clusters provides the Platform

Trafic Manager provides load balancing

On top of out that, we are going to implement a small control script - Cloud Manager - which is going to monitor SLA through WebLogic Diagnostic Framework. In case there are more than 100 pending requests, the script will:

- provision a new virtual machine based on image which is configured for the WebLogic domain

- add the machine to WebLogic domain

- Increase the number of servers in dynamic cluster

- Start the newly provisioned server 

Stay tuned for part II

The hole solution with working demo will be presented in one of our Partner WebCasts in June, exact date TBA.

Jernej Kaše is a Fusion Middleware Specialist working closely with Oracle Partners in the ECEMEA region to grow their business by leveraging Oracle technology.

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Comments ( 2 )
  • guest Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Hi is the webcast available for viewing on-line. Is the rest of the series available as we're looking for a PaaS or host solution.

  • Jernej Kase Thursday, July 3, 2014


    The recording of the webcast is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW9wHJNi0Vs

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