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Upgrading to SOA 12c and details of the next UKOUG Middleware SIG

SOA 12c is the most important release of Oracle's flagship integration product set that we've seen for 5 years (when 11g was launched). Oracle has also now produced the first SOA 12c bundle patch-set (12.1.3.0.1) so in my opinion any new SOA installations should definitely be using 12c, and existing 11g users should be seriously considering upgrading to take advantage of the many new features.

SOA Suite 12c

For administrators what is particularly nice about this release is that a lot of work has clearly been put into the upgrade process, building on some of the changes introduced in WebLogic 12.1.2. The upgrade is actually surprisingly straightforward...

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What you need to know about the new ODA X5-2

Today, as part of the "Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems" webcast,  Larry Ellison launched the new X5 systems. This bullishly-titled post attempts to summarise what's new specifically with the ODA X5-2, and what's most important, especially for those using ODA Virtualized Platform (ODA VP) to build entire Oracle infrastructures as an appliance.

We've known since last September when Intel released the Haswell-EP processors (the E5-2600 v3 models) that there would likely be refreshes to many of Oracle's engineered systems. However for this year's ODA refresh there have been far more changes than the previous one (which was just the processor update and fibre option). 

Oracle Database Appliance X5-2 

Summary of Changes 

Here are the most significant changes in the ODA X5-2, as compared to the previous X4-2 generation, biased towards my perspective of running Fusion Middleware products, and associated databases, on ODA VP for O-box:

  • Extra SSD on shared storage ("ODA Flash Accelerator") to hold some database data ("ODA Flash Cache") and ACFS metadata ("ODA Flash Files")
  • 40Gb/s InfiniBand for interconnect between server nodes
  • DDR4 memory with the option to upgrade to 768GB per node, so 1.5TB total
  • SAS3, which runs at 12 Gb/s - I assume/hope this is for connections to server disks, internally within the array(s) and between the arrays and servers
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White-box Server Build 2014 - Part 1

Happy New Year readers! This post is about building a new "white-box" server to run VMware ESXi, using one of the latest Intel Core i7 "enthusiast" processors and components sourced in the last quarter of 2014 (hence the title). Rather than buying a server from a single vendor, such as HP or Oracle, white-box servers are those you build yourself, typically to get something tailored to your needs and at a much lower price.

 ASRock X99 Extreme4 motherboard 

Selecting compatible components is the most challenging part of building a white-box server especially if, like me, you don't do it very often since PC parts change very quickly. Component specifications depend very much on your requirements (e.g. games machine, HT PC, home lab server, NAS etc) so before I go further I'll describe mine.

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Nordic ACE Tour 2014

Last week I was a speaker on the OTN sponsored Nordic ACE Director Tour 2014. It's well over a year now since I was kindly invited to take part but, as an "ACE Tour virgin," I wasn't really sure what to expect, so hopefully this non-technical article will help others in a similar position. Heli Helskyaho, a fellow speaker, has pipped me to the post so you can read about her experiences too.

The tour consisted of 4 one-day events in 4 countries on consecutive days - given my distance from London Heathrow this meant I was away from home for 6 days. I had offered 5 abstracts, most of which I'd actually presented elsewhere, but I also included the new EDG presentation that my good friend Jacco Landlust and I have submitted for a few conferences this autumn/winter. Each speaker delivered 2 presentations per day and the 4 user groups chose the sessions they wanted - for me that meant 4 out of my 5, for others it was the same 2 presentations given 4 times. What surprised me was that the event in each country had a different feel.

We started in Sweden in a Japanese-style health spa, in the countryside about an hour's drive away from the airport. This was a very peaceful setting for meetings though all guests were provided with kimonos and seemed to wear them around the hotel. Being almost the only one in the restaurant without one on Sunday evening I hopefully redeemed myself by spending the whole of the following day in one (over my normal clothes I hasten to add!)...

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Fusion Middleware Summer Camps - Lisbon 2014

Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Summer Camps - Lisbon 2014

I've just returned home from a very busy week at the Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner summer camps in Lisbon so, since this was my first one, I thought I'd write a short summary of what the training was like.

The event was attended by over 100 delegates and had 4 parallel streams to choose from:

  • SOA 12c
  • BPM 12c
  • Fast Track SOA & BPM 12c
  • Mobile Hackathon

I attended the fast track combined course, which had been designed for experienced/11g specialized practitioners and was led by Niall Commiskey. It covered the changes in 12c for SOA (3 days), BPM/ACM (2 days) and included a section on upgrading from 11g.

Readers who work for Oracle middleware partners are likely to have come across Niall before - e.g. on previous courses, or perhaps watching his SOA 12c webcast ahead of its launch this summer. Niall is an Irishman living in Germany and his style is, let's say, "unique" amongst Oracle trainers. He has a very direct manner and will tell you exactly what he thinks of various product features, usually based on engagements with partners and customers. Niall will also often ask for delegates' opinions on features after he has explained them - the most acceptable answer is usually "das ist sehr gut"!

Fast Track SOA & BPM 12c - training room

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