Saturday Jan 10, 2015

O-box SOA Suite in a box at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 by Simon Haslam

At this year’s Oracle OpenWorld conference I presented during two sessions. Firstly, I co-presented “Oracle WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance: Combining High Availability and Simplicity [CON8004]” with Frances Zhao-Perez from Oracle. I have been presenting with Frances for several years now – originally about GridLink for RAC, then Application Continuity and most recently WebLogic on ODA – and always thoroughly enjoy it (though we both invariably run out of time!).

For this session Frances discussed the WebLogic on ODA implementation, what’s new in the 12.1.3 release, and the up-coming Enterprise Manager 12c plug-in for ODA. I then described what you needed to do to install SOA (and so other ‘upper stack’ Fusion Middleware products) on the ODA.

clip_image002Frances & Simon presenting. Oracle teddy bears & other goodies were given away in raffle!
Photo credit: O-Tech Magazine

In summary, if you’re looking to install SOA on ODA using the WebLogic on ODA implementation, you need to tackle:

  • Disk space, in particular the middleware home which only comes with 3GB and you’ll need at least 5GB for SOA (fortunately ODA 12.1.2 now has an API to add extra disk space so you no longer need the trickery we had to do for O-box)
  • Packages: you need to install another 17-43 RPMs (depending on version)
  • Tuning to suit SOA WebLogic instances (the default managed server heap is 3GB but you’ll probably want to increase that)
  • Installing Fusion Middleware Infrastructure for SOA 12c
  • Port management as the VMs have firewalls enabled out of the box
  • Domain design and how to add extra SOA environments (i.e. domains) later
  • Licensing and setting up CPU pools
  • Status of VMs and their lifecycle management (currently only possible via CLI)
  • SSL certificates as by default WebLogic on ODA uses Demo Certificates which aren’t suitable for production use
  • Automating patches and updates, e.g. for the JDK quarterly security updates

These are most of the areas we have been working on since the O-box proof of concept back in May 2013. We hope that if you’re looking for SOA on ODA you’ll consider the O-box SOA Appliance, but otherwise tackling these steps should help you to provision a SOA platform for yourself.

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Monday Apr 07, 2014

Podcast Show Notes: Finding a Shorter Path to SOA

A podcast featuring Oracle ACE Directors Lonneke Dikmans, Simon Haslam, and Ronald van Luttikhuizen in a discussion about strategies for simplifyng SOA implementation.

The OTN ArchBeat Podcast kicks off the new year with a conversation with three highly experienced SOA experts about strategies for dealing with some of the problems that can thwart SOA efforts within some organizations. One of those strategies involves a new collaborative venture that promises to remove many of the technical hurdles on the path to SOA implementation. Listen to the podcast here.

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Tuesday Mar 19, 2013

Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Community (SOA and WebLogic) Forum in Faro by Simon Haslam - thanks fort he nice ink

Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Community (SOA and WebLogic) Forum in Faro

Last week I attended Oracle's Fusion Middleware Partner Community event in Vilamoura (near Faro, Portugal). This is maybe my fifth or sixth forum in succession now so I thought I'd outline the latest one to show why I find them so useful.

Boats in Valamoura harbour, February 2013

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Monday Jan 07, 2013

Getting to Know Oracle Fusion Middleware

A quick tour of the broad set of products under the Oracle Fusion Middleware umbrella.

Simon Haslam, Principal Consultant, Veriton & myself published an middleware article in the UKOUG Scene magazine.  This article arose because Jürgen Kress’ “Fusion Middleware Architecture Overview
abstract was one of the most highly rated submissions for UKOUG 2012, so it seemed there
might be an interest in trying to clarify the products that Oracle calls ‘Fusion Middleware.’
Little did we realise how many products there were…

Fusion Middleware – what is it?

‘Middleware,’ as its name suggests, is a generic term for the layers of software (or ‘software glue’ – see http://www.middleware.org/whatis.html) that sit between an application and, within enterprise software, typically services and resources like the Oracle Database. Oracle Fusion Middleware started off as the Java EE application server (Internet Application Server) but evolved to cover pretty much all software that isn’t the database or applications!


Why is Fusion Middleware important?

Middleware provides infrastructure services to enable applications to run. For example, if you want a ‘container’ (i.e. a server with very specific APIs) to run your enterprise Java application, and most likely connect to a relational database, you use WebLogic Server; if your application wants to use web services somewhere out in the ether it calls the Oracle Service Bus. As you can tell these Middleware services are vital to the successful and continuing operation of your application. For a long

time Middleware has been seen as the poor relation to the database (which holds the irreplaceable business data) but this is changing as Middleware is now providing integration of, and decoupling from, the underlying resources, plus there is an increased demand for 24/7 (or close) availability of applications for use by customers, partners.. read the full article here and get your Scene magazine copy as a UKOUG member .

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