European Launch Success – A Quick Break – On to APAC

By Brian Dayton, Senior Director, Oracle Fusion Middleware

After an overnight flight from Washington, D.C., Oracle President Charles Phillips and Oracle Senior Vice President Thomas Kurian and some of my friends on the demo team packed the Hilton London Paddington to kick off the European launch events. Concurrently, Munich, Germany and Paris, France hosted similar launch events on July 2nd.

New Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle WebLogic Suite Innovations
There was a lot of interest, particularly in London, in the strong Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database installed bases. The announcement about the new Oracle GridLink for Real Application Clusters (RAC) feature was a big hit. Enhanced integration between Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle RAC means higher data access reliability and performance in clustered environments. And it’s easy to set up—which cuts down on implementation time. Another Oracle Application Grid feature that had people asking questions was Oracle ActiveCache, enhanced integration between Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence. It’s going to be key for organizations that need accelerated responsiveness for Web applications but need to get from point A to point B quickly and without code changes.

Online Resources
In addition to the physical events, the team also rolled out an impressive 11g revamp of www.oracle.com/middleware Web pages, Oracle Technology Network pages, blogs and downloads—and a brand-new Web site called the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Launch Center that’s dedicated to 11g release product information, tutorials and overviews. A lot of work went into every single asset, page forum and blog—like the Application Grid blog. But what was more impressive was that it was all rolled out in the span of about an hour.

World Tour – Coming to a City Near You
If you don’t happen to live in or near one of the initial 10 launch cities, the Launch Center is a great place to start. Even better, we’re now going broad in our plans to take the show to over 100 cities starting later this month. Check out the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Forum events for a city near you.

Next stop on the launch tour, Sydney, with Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo to follow next week. At least it was nice to relax a bit during the July 4th holiday.

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