First Oracle/BEA Combo Middleware Offering Ships

Oracle and BEA Systems enterprise users this week got their first glimpse of life-after-BEA as Oracle released its first product effort to combine technologies from Oracle Fusion Middle and BEA's WebLogic.

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Oracle and BEA Systems enterprise users this week got their first glimpse of life-after-BEA as Oracle released its first product effort to combine technologies from Oracle Fusion Middle and BEA's WebLogic.

The product, Oracle WebLogic Server 10g R3, integrates offerings from both companies for improved performance, manageability, scalability and fault-tolerance, as well as a variety of new design time and runtime features. The integrated and updated offering aims to improve support for SOA and even Web 2.0 frameworks and applications running in application grids, as well as much improved adaptive systems management and reliable performance.

Notably, Oracle WebLogic Server 10g R3 also integrates easily with other members of the Oracle Fusion Middleware family, including Oracle JDeveloper (IDE), Coherence (in memory distributed data grid), TopLink (ORM persistence) and Enterprise Manager (performance, configuration, quality management).

"The accelerated release of Oracle WebLogic Server 10g R3 demonstrates our commitment to BEA customers to quickly deliver new integrations with Oracle Fusion Middleware," Middleware division senior vice president Thomas Kurian said in a statement. "As the number one middleware provider, we plan to continue providing a complete and pre-integrated middleware suite that allows our customers to develop and deploy applications on the Internet."

Practical Features from Oracle WebLogic Server 10g R3
Oracle WebLogic Server 10g R3 offers developers and architects a variety of key improvements, which should have impact across the design-test-deploy portions of any middleware project. Specifically:

  • A 'lighter-weight footprint' optional service startup, and faster startup, while the new FastSwap feature provides seamless and rapid develop-debug-test cycles;
  • New HTTP publish-subscribe feature for better out-of-the-box support of dynamically updated Web 2.0-style rich user interfaces;
  • Adds support for Java SE 6 and JRockit Mission Control to improve performance and visibility into application behavior and responsiveness; and
  • Brings Oracle's hot-pluggable middleware strategy for flexibility and investment protection.

  • Oracle WebLogic Server Enterprise Edition also offers high-availability features for planned and unplanned downtime, including dynamic configuration changes, production application redeployment, rolling upgrades and sophisticated clustering software that is accessible and can be managed efficiently. Clustered instances of Oracle WebLogic Server together enables many capabilities that kick in when a server abruptly goes offline. Features such as whole-server migration, automatic service migration, and the transaction recovery service are invoked when server state degenerates.

    Oracle WebLogic Server Enterprise Edition also supports failover across metropolitan area networks (MANs) and wide area networks (WANs).

    Oracle also includes the Oracle Diagnostics Pack for Oracle Middleware in Oracle WebLogic, offering improved availability and performance while providing in-depth diagnostics for Java applications with low overhead. It enables administrators to proactively monitor application performance and learn about the performance problems ahead of time. The diagnostics allows admins to diagnose the root cause of performance problems such as application crashing and application hanging in production environments, which may impact businesses severely.




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