UKOUG Tech13 WebLogic Hackathon - the networking behind the scenes
08 Dec 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Events) | Comments (0)
Last Sunday at UKOUG Tech13 we ran a "WebLogic Hackathon". This started with Peter Lorenzen showing people how to install the JDK and WebLogic, and then create a domain - all done silently (i.e. without graphical screens and user interaction). After this Ronald van Luttikhuizen and I, ably assisted by Pete and Guido Schmutz, ran a session to use either Puppet or Chef, both popular automation tools, to do the same thing on 3 nodes entirely automatically. Delegates worked in groups of 3 with the VirtualBox images and various other files distributed centrally from my ThinkPad. One common factor to all three sessions was the network so I thought it might be amusing to describe a little about our adventures that morning...
OOW 2013 Summary for Fusion Middleware Architects & Administrators
07 Oct 2013 by Simon Haslam (in Events)
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.