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September/October 2013

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A Foundation for Cloud Computing

by Diana Reichardt

 

New releases of Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence are optimized for the cloud.

Oracle has unveiled its latest Oracle Cloud Application Foundation, which integrates network load balancing, application server, and in-memory data grid capabilities into a foundation for cloud and conventional computing. Two key components are Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.2 and Oracle Coherence 12.1.2.

“Cloud is becoming a key enabler for companies to introduce new products, reduce cost, and increase productivity,” says Cameron Purdy, vice president of development at Oracle. “Oracle Cloud Application Foundation offers a unified platform across conventional and cloud environments, so customers can leverage their existing investment in Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence and move to the cloud at a pace that meets the needs of their business.”

Oracle WebLogic Server

Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.2 delivers a mission-critical cloud platform for Java applications, enables the efficient management of cloud environments, and provides a modern development platform for building innovative applications.

“One of the really exciting things in Oracle WebLogic 12.1.2 is our new dynamic clustering capability,” says Purdy. “You can take a cluster and elastically scale it up and down without having to preconfigure additional servers.”

It also features more-efficient resource management and simplified Java Message Service (JMS) administration for operational efficiency and delivers complete certification and integration with Oracle Database 12c, including support for pluggable database access and database application continuity capabilities for increased availability.

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“Oracle WebLogic Server enables the database cluster and the application server cluster to work cooperatively to manage the resources necessary to provide concurrent connections for the pluggable databases in a cluster,” Purdy says.

Oracle Coherence

Oracle Coherence 12.1.2, Oracle’s in-memory data grid solution, enables organizations to predictably scale mission-critical applications by providing fast access to frequently used data. It includes a rich set of processing and event capabilities, so applications can scale processing with increased data volumes. By automatically and dynamically partitioning data, Oracle Coherence ensures continuous data availability and transactional integrity, even in the event of a server failure.

Oracle Coherence 12.1.2 has been enhanced to power applications with the real-time availability of database changes through the Oracle Coherence GoldenGate HotCache feature of Oracle Coherence, Grid Edition.

“When something changes in the database, Oracle GoldenGate—working with Oracle TopLink—pushes that data up into the application,” says Purdy. “Combine this with the HTML5 features in Oracle WebLogic Server, and your mobile application can now get those updates in real time, and no changes to the application are required.”

Foundation for Engineered Systems

Both Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Coherence are optimized to run on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, an engineered system that provides application performance, reliability, and scalability.

“We’ve made a lot of investment in Oracle Cloud Application Foundation to focus on high availability, density, and performance across multiple data centers,” says Ajay Patel, vice president of Oracle Cloud Application Foundation product management. “Tie that together with the investment we have in engineered systems, and we take you to the next level: a differentiated platform for delivering extreme performance, reduced cost, and faster time to delivery.”


Diana Reichardt is a senior writer at Oracle.

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