OOW 2013 Summary for Fusion Middleware Architects & Administrators
07 Oct 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Events) | Comments (0)
This September during Oracle OpenWorld the weather in San Francisco, as you see can from the photo, was exceptionally sunny. The dramatic final few days of the Americas Cup sailing competition, being held every day in the bay, coincided with the conference and meant that there was almost a holiday feel to the whole event.
Here's my annual round-up of what I think was most interesting at OpenWorld 2013 for Fusion Middleware architects and
administrators; I hope you find it useful and if you think I've missed something please add a comment!
UKOUG Independent Partner of the Year 2013/14 - Silver Winner
05 Oct 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Events)
|For the first time this year Veriton was short-listed in the UKOUG Partner of
the Year awards, under the Independent Partner category. Only customers
you have worked for are allowed to vote, so obviously for the
smaller partners this can be a bit of a challenge! |
Anyway, I'm delighted to see that a few customers must have voted for me as Veriton was awarded Silver in this category - so I'd like to express a huge thank you to everyone who did (I know it would have taken you at least 10 clicks to get to my category page on the voting form!).
As part of the award process UKOUG organises an award ceremony - a black
tie dinner held at Altitude 360, a restaurant at the top of Millbank
Tower, and which has very good views across the capital...
OOW13: WebLogic on Oracle Database Appliance: Combining High Availability and Simplicity
19 Sep 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Events)
Regular readers will know that over the last year I've put a lot of effort into researching the Oracle Database Appliance (ODA), in preparation for the WebLogic on ODA release. This is a very interesting product for Oracle Fusion Middleware architects and administrators, and this summer I was fortunate enough to be able to work with a customer on a Proof of Concept (POC).
Apart from my earlier ODA X3-2 and ODA virtualisation platform posts, I've also written about the POC itself...
two obvious ommissions - the test results, and the conclusions. This
wasn't a deliberate case of 'witholding of interesting infromation' but
simply a combination of a summer holiday and important project
WebLogic 12.1.2 - an Important New Release for Middleware Admins
30 Jul 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Java)
There was considerable hoopla around the time of the UKOUG 2011 conference for the initial WebLogic 12c release (12.1.1), mainly because WebLogic had (finally) been certified with Java EE 6
and it was such as a feature-rich release ("over 200 new features" if I
remember rightly). In practice Oracle back-ported several of the
non-Java EE changes (GridLink enhancements, JTS stored in the database,
etc) to 11g(10.3.6) which was nice but meant that 12.1.1 wasn't hugely
interesting for those responsible for
production middleware infrastructures and outside of development.
Twenty months later this new WebLogic 12.1.2 release has a lot more to interest to the administrator though (plus more besides) and that is what this post will focus on.
Virtualised Oracle Database Appliance POC - #4 WebLogic... we have lift-off!
20 Jul 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Hardware)
To readers who have been following my ODA posts this one will come as a bit of a surprise, given that my last post (#3) was about physical networking: I now have Oracle Traffic Director and a 4 node WebLogic cluster up and running! Note: this work was actually done about 3 weeks ago but I have only just found time to write about it.
What's happening is that my customer's DBAs have been beavering away on
Dom1 (aka "ODA Base") creating a RAC database and importing data, whereas I
am focussed on WebLogic. Therefore once Dom1 was running we've been able
to work in parallel. There are actually some really interesting aspects
about running databases on the virtualised ODA too, but to be honest I
was too excited by this WebLogic stuff to blog in a more
Deploying WebLogic to Your ODA
So, once you have your ODA installed, booting from the virtual image, ODA Base loaded and configured, you're ready to install WebLogic. To do this firstly you need to scp the special "WebLogic for ODA" VM template to both hosts - currently you can choose either 11g (10.3.6) or 12c (12.1.1) - and, if you're going to run Oracle Traffic Director (OTD), the special OTD template (220.127.116.11) too.You also need to scp and extract the clumsily-named "Oracle WebLogic Server Configuration for ODA Utility" (wls_configurator_...tar.gz) onto ODA Base (apparently this should be on Node 0, presumably because it does operations on the second node and assumes that will be Node 1). The next step is...[Read More]