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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Friday Nov 14, 2014

Are you considering, or starting to deploy, SOA Suite 12c? You should be talking to O-box!

Is an automatically configured solution to enable customers to install a highly available and robust Oracle SOA Suite platform (with multiple independent environments) for a fixed price, and in very short time-scales.


The O-box SOA Appliance greatly reduces risk and allows IT administrators to focus on SOA project deployment, rather than platform installation. It has the capability to grow with your business depending upon the initial configuration option chosen, up to the point where larger hardware, such as Exalogic, may be required.
Our pricing makes O-box SOA Appliance an attractive option when compared to the cost and risk of implementing SOA as a consulting project or if you are considering doing it yourself, especially when hardware and software costs are also taken into account. Read the complete article here.

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Saturday Mar 08, 2014

The O-box SOA Appliance – launched at UKOUG Tech13!

In Manchester, UK, last month Simon Haslam and Lonneke Dikmans (for Veriton and Vennster), launched their new company O-box very first productc Products.

The O-box SOA Appliance, put simply, "Oracle SOA in a box". The hardware is Oracle's tried and trusted Oracle Database Appliance (now with up to 48 Intel cores!) and this is coupled with O-box provisioning software and its very easy "2 stick install" approach. This gives you fully HA, secured, appropriately sized and production-ready SOA platform in just a few hours!

The SOA installation itself is built to best practices (including those in Oracle's Enterprise Deployment Guides), is fully documented and is fully tested. It allows you to implement Oracle SOA Suite for your customers within a fraction of the time, at a fraction of the cost and at lower risk than doing it yourself.

O-box is looking to work with Oracle SOA Specialized Partners so if you think this product can help your SOA offering (and we think it can!) then please contact Lonneke.Dikmans@oboxproducts.com. Alternatively O-box will be part of the Partner Exchange at the OFM Partner Community Forum 2014 in Malta next month so you can talk to the team there.

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Sunday Feb 16, 2014

Lonneke Dikmans: Oracle SOA Suite on Oracle Data Appliance

What is Oracle SOA Suite out of the box? o-box! Watch the video here.


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