Oracle Application Server 10g R2 Details Come to Light

This write-up is courtesy of my colleague Rich Schwerin:

"Before a rapt, capacity crowd, Oracle senior vice president for server technologies Thomas Kurian presented a technical overview of Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2, including extensive technical information, a quartet of product demonstrations, and a hint at a new edition to be announced Wednesday�Oracle Application Server 10g Standard Edition One�for small and midsize businesses.

�Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 is by far our best release, with more than 432 new features representing 1,820 person years of engineering development,� boasted Kurian. �It�s the best suite, the best of breed, optimized for grid, and it�s our highest quality release backed by 2.98 million hours of testing.�

In his hour-long address, Kurian highlighted a handful of the hundreds of new features that allow customers to develop, integrated, orchestrate, analyze, access, deploy, and secure information. Describing Oracle JDeveloper 10g Release 2 akin to a �4GL environment compliant with J2EE 1.4,� Kurian discussed how Oracle enables Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). Oracle consulting product manager Steve Muench showed off the visual, declarative environment of Oracle JDeveloper via an online loan application submission demonstration without writing code.

Noting that Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) is increasingly important for integration, Kurian talked about Oracle BPEL Process Manager, a new product that he said is, �a 100% standard way to build workflows,� and is compliant with BPEL 1.1. In addition to BPEL, Oracle also provides business-to-business integration, as well as Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), which provides a business event monitoring dashboard out of the box.

In the second demonstration, Oracle director of product management John Deeb continued the back-end of Muench�s loan processing demo, showing off Oracle�s drag-and-drop BPEL environment. When the demonstration loan was approved, Deeb was alerted via cell phone, proving the end-to-end flow enabled by Oracle.

Also new to Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 is a new version of Discoverer (a.k.a. �Drake�) which integrates both relational query analysis (what if? questions) with OLAP (aggregate questions), plus enhanced forms and reports. For the first time, Oracle demonstrated an Instant Portal. Oracle senior director of product management Sara Gardner showed off the �portal-in-a-box� which is easily customized.

�Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 includes an entire suite of high availability solutions, addressing both planned and unplanned downtime,� said Kurian. �With significant enhancements to backup, recovery, and flashback, Oracle automates hot or cold recovery. Plus, Application Server Guard is a new automated standby feature akin to Oracle Data Guard.�

The fourth product demonstration, as Oracle principal product manager Fermin Castro demonstrated Oracle Real Application Clusters with Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2; Castro showed how the application server continued to operate despite bringing down one of the cluster servers. In conclusion, Kurian emphasized Application Server�s unique offerings including topology-based management, a web services management gateway, enhanced identity management, strong Microsoft .NET interoperability, and a150% Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS) performance improvement.

�While it works with all databases, Oracle Application Server 10g is the best application server for Oracle Database,� explained Kurian. �And in his Wednesday keynote, Chuck Rozwat will announce that Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 will be available by the end of calendar year 2004.�

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