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Announcing Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1

Will Lyons
Senior Director, Product Management

Oracle is excited to announce the release of Oracle WebLogic Server Version 14.1.1!  Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1 is a new major version, adding support for Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 8, and Java SE 8 and 11.   It is supported on-premises and in the cloud, including support and tooling for running Oracle WebLogic Server in containers and Kubernetes, and certification on Oracle Cloud.   We integrate with a wide variety of platforms and Oracle software that deliver high performance and availability for your applications, with low cost of ownership.   Software is available for download from Oracle Technology Network and Oracle Sofware Delivery Cloud and you can view our updated product documentation here.

Updated Java EE and Java SE Support

Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1 includes support for Java EE 8, the latest Java EE version with new APIs for modern enterprise applications.  Servlet 4.0 includes HTTP/2 support, offering improved application performance with compatibility for existing Web applications.   JAX-RS 2.1 advances REST services support by offering a reactive client programming model, and Server-Sent Events for pushing events to application clients. The JSON-P 1.1 and JSON-B 1.0 standards deliver new capabilities for processing JSON documents.   Together with improvements to CDI and Bean Validation, these improvements expand support for building modern applications using the standards-based, proven Java EE platform.  We are currently testing Oracle WebLogic Server for Jakarta EE 8 compatibility as well, and should have results soon.

Oracle WebLogic Server’s Java SE strategy is to support Java SE Long Term Support (LTS) releases in new Oracle WebLogic Server versions as they are delivered.    Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1 is supported on Java SE 11, so that development teams have the option to use new Java SE 11 capabilities in their applications.   We also continue to support Java SE 8, to give users the option to use the Java SE versions they may already be using for their Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 or 12.2.1.X versions.   Developers will have a choice between two Java SE versions, with long support lifecycles, to use in their Oracle WebLogic Server applications.

Cloud Support

Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1 is certified to run on Docker and CRI-O containers and on Kubernetes, both on-premises and in public clouds, similar to the certification that has been provided with version 12.2.1.X.  The same container-native, open source tools we have implemented to support 12.2.1.X applications on Kubernetes, and that we have enhanced on an ongoing basis over the past year, can also be used with Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1.  See links below to:

Customers will have many options for deploying 14.1.1 applications on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, or other Authorized Cloud Environments.

New Technology Integration

Oracle continues to integrate Oracle WebLogic Server with other technologies to deliver improved application performance and availability with compatibility, investment protection and low cost. Oracle Coherence 14.1.1, also being released today, is fully integrated and certified with Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1, offering customers continued performance and availability benefits, along with new Oracle Coherence features.  Oracle WebLogic Server has been certified to run on GraalVM Enterprise Edition 19.3, offering performance benefits of up to 5%-10%.   Integration with the Oracle Database Edition-Based Redefinition (EBR) feature enables coordination of application updates with database changes.  And both Kubernetes and non-Kubernetes users should evaluate the use of the Oracle WebLogic Server Deploy Tooling to simplify domain lifecycle management operations.

Platform Support and Upgradeability

In addition to Oracle Database and Oracle Java SE, we continue to certify Oracle WebLogic Server with other Oracle technologies, such as Oracle Linux, Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, and a long list of third party platforms and databases.   Customers will be empowered to flexibly upgrade existing applications to 14.1.1, where they can leverage 14.1.1 compatibility with prior releases, compatibility with platforms previously supported, and also leverage updated application development and deployment capabilities.   All of this means protection for the investment you make in your Oracle WebLogic Server applications, and options for evolving applications to meet the future needs of your organizations.

We invite you to try Oracle WebLogic Server 14.1.1, and also to monitor this blog to track additional announcements that will give you more options for building and deploying your applications on-premises or in the cloud. 

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Comments ( 11 )
  • ATILLA DEMIREL Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    We are looking forward to installing the latest wls 14 to our environment Will,

    Thank you
  • MHC Thursday, April 2, 2020
    Hi Will, thank you. Is there any official documentation, article or technical paper published by Oracle that describes the improvements made in WebLogic 14.1.1 with regards to Kubernetes support?
  • Andrew Keating Tuesday, April 7, 2020
    Great news!

    Couple of questions:

    - why 14? instead of 20c like the database versioning
    - are the different licensing options still the same (SE, EE, Suite etc) with the same contents?
  • Gao Wei Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    what's suggestion to our customers about choice of 12.2.1.4 and 14.1.1?
  • Joe Monday, April 20, 2020
    Can current WebLogic 12c release 2 license holders upgrade to 14.1.1 without any additional licensing cost?
  • Seyed Otman Wednesday, June 3, 2020
    Nice blog!
  • André Skunde Wednesday, July 15, 2020
    Currently just very old OEPE and JDeveloper Versions (12.2.x) available, for example https://www.oracle.com/tools/downloads/oepe-v12219-downloads.html.
    Our goal to achive is to have an well integrated development environment with
    - JEE8 compatible AppServer (Weblogic 14.1.1 we have)
    - JDK 11
    - Eclipse based IDE
    Currently available OEPE-Versions just support JDK until version 10, JEE7 and WLS 12.2.x. and in conjunctiion with OEPE Plugin just JDK 8.
    Deployment and Debugging like with OEPE 12.2.x is not possible.
    Therefore WLS 14.1.1 is not right usable for development purposes.
    Should we change to another vendor (JBoss, IBM etc.) or could we expect a solution next weeks?

    Thanks in advance
    André Skunde
    Please have a look at
    SR 3-23571698861 : Availability of OEPE for Eclipse for Weblogic 14.1
  • Stephen Felts Friday, December 11, 2020
    OEPE 12.2.1.10 is available on OTN at
    https://www.oracle.com/tools/downloads/oepe-v122110-downloads.html
    It supports WLS 14.1.1.0.0.
    It supports JDK11.
    It supports Eclipse Photon release up to 2020-06.
    It supports Java EE 8.
  • Stephen Felts Friday, December 11, 2020
    Regarding release numbers (14 vs 20), we know that some Oracle products are moving to using the year as the release number. We ran into the problem that we released 12.2.1.4.0 supporting JDK8/Java EE 7 in the same year as 14.1.1.0.0 supporting JDK8 and 11/Java EE 8. And of course there will be follow-on CPU releases and additional 14.x releases. Using the year got very confusing very fast.

    As to skipping the unlucky number 13, that's just for the superstitious.
  • Stephen Felts Friday, December 11, 2020
    WLS 14.1.1.0.0 continues to support IIOP under JDK 11. JDK 11 removed core library support for Java EE libraries that were shipped as part of Java SE.
    That includes IIOP, annotations, jaxws, etc.
    The problem was that Java EE and SE were not always aligned requiring the use of endorsed jars.
    The Java EE jars are removed from JDK11 and the use of endorsed jar files is no longer supported.
    WLS ships a copy of the removed jar files.

    T3 is an alternative protocol to IIOP. It is proprietary to WLS and continues to be supported.
  • Stephen Felts Friday, December 11, 2020
    When a customer is choosing which release to move to, the major difference between WLS 12.2.1.4.0 and 14.1.1.0.0 is Java EE and Java SE support.
    12.2.1.4.0 supports Java EE 7 and Java SE 8.
    14.1.1.0.0 supports Java EE 8 and Java SE 8 and 11.

    There are some deprecated features that were removed in WLS 14.1.1.0.0 that might keep a customer on 12.2.1.4.0.
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