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What is Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Kubernetes and why is it Important?

Scott Ferguson
Senior Product Manager

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This blog provides a brief introduction to an Oracle whitepaper, "Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Kubernetes.” The whitepaper describes how to setup and configure Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), Oracle WebLogic Server, and Kubernetes to run, host, and manage your mission critical containerized business applications. It also describes how to migrate Oracle WebLogic applications from Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud systems to  Oracle PCA.

What are PCA, WebLogic, and Kubernetes

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) is an industry leading, Oracle Engineered System designed for rapid deployment of private clouds. Compute resources, network hardware, storage, operating systems, and applications are engineered to work together, and are managed and operated as a single unit. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance also supports running Kubernetes in an environment fully supported by Oracle. Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment can be used to create Kubernetes clusters on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.

Oracle WebLogic Server is an industry leading application server for developing and deploying applications across conventional and cloud environments. It provides a mission critical cloud platform for applications requiring performance, scalability, and reliability. Integrated, native management tools simplify operations and reduce management costs. Developers can leverage modern development tooling and server features for application innovation. Oracle WebLogic Server is available in three editions with increasing functionality.

Kubernetes is an open source project for managing small to large, distributed, containerized workloads. It has a very large following and among the leading container orchestration platforms in use today. It is most often used with Docker, the popular containerization platform. Kubernetes can work with almost any container platform that conforms to the Open Container Initiative (OCI) standards. Kubernetes is very robust and can be used to manage containers located on-premise, in the cloud, or both (hybrid cloud).

The Winning Trifecta for Today’s Digital Business

Individually, Oracle PCA, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Kubernetes are industry leading platforms. Together, they offer a unified platform solution to run even the most demanding applications, exceeding the requirements for the digital business of today and  into the future, for a great user experience.

  1. Oracle PCA provides a high performance private cloud platform to run all of your WebLogic applications. It supports up to 48 CPU cores, 1.5 TB memory per X8-2 compute node, and can scale from 2 – 25 compute nodes. It comes pre-wired and racked and can be fully deployed in 6 hours. Oracle PCA has its own built in management interface or can be managed using Oracle Enterprise Manager. Oracle PCA is fully redundant and provides zero downtime for your mission critical applications, middleware, or database - both Oracle and third party. It supports applications running on Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Windows. Lastly, Oracle PCA supports multitenancy to allow you to segment users and workloads, preventing data leakage or management overlap. 
  2. Oracle WebLogic Server running on Oracle PCA enables enterprises to deploy mission-critical applications that together provide performance, reliability, and scalability on a secure and highly available unified platform.  Oracle PCA is the perfect platform for developing and running your mission critical Oracle WebLogic Server applications.
  3. Today’s fast paced digital businesses also require containers and microsevices to develop and scale application deployment. Managing a large scale private, public, or hybrid cloud container deployment can quickly get out of control. This is where Kubernetes comes in. It provides the monitoring and management for small to large scale container deployments. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Oracle Private Cloud at Customer support Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment, including Oracle Container Runtime for Docker and Oracle Container Services for Use with Kubernetes.

Summary

Today’s digital businesses cannot afford latency or downtime. The combination of Oracle PCA, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Kubernetes provides a winning combination to drive today's fast paced digital business and keep both internal and external users happy and productive. When you have completed the installation and setup discussed in the whitepaper you will have laid the foundation for running Oracle WebLogic Server applications on Kubernetes on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, including:

  • Monitoring applications in production
  • Lifecycle management of applications
  • Scaling configurations as required to meet workload demands
  • Analyzing production issues
  • Broader adoption of CI/CD and DevOps for application development and management
  • Enabling ongoing updates to production applications
  • Enabling ongoing patching of production systems
  • Migration and deployment of additional applications to the environment
  • Migration and deployment of Oracle Coherence and Oracle Application Development Framework applications
  • Development and deployment of new applications
  • Future deployment of Oracle Fusion Middleware product applications

To deploy these state-of-the-art platforms see "Oracle WebLogic Server on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and Kubernetes” and get started today.

 

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