I was listening to podcast Check Here from Thomas Kurian (Senior Vice President, Oracle FMW) about Oracle’s Strategy on integrating/merging BEA product with Oracle Fusion Middleware.
Oracle acquired BEA this year and these two companies had many common products (Java Application Server, SOA Suite, Web Center Suite..). This podcast try to clear where is Oracle heading with Fusion Middleware.
Here is extract (my understanding) of this podcast and things which I found useful as an Apps DBA/ Middleware Administrator.
Transaction Processing Monitor
BEA’s Tuxedo (TPM) is going to be Oracle’s main Transaction Processing Monitor
–Extending its support to more operating systems
–Integrate with oracle’s SOA infrastructure
–Integrate more tightly with Oracle Database (RAC)
J2EE Application Server
Like Oracle Application Server, BEA got its own J2EE Application Server (BEA Weblogic Server now called as Oracle WebLogic Server).
Weblogic Server will becomes Oracle’s main Java Application Server (What will happen to Oracle Application Server, Is there OAS 11g (more on this coming soon) ?
—Oracle’s main focus with Oracle WebLogic Server will be to certify all fusion middleware product (SOA Suite, Business Intelligence, Content Management, Identity Management) on WebLogic Server. Most of these fusion middleware products are already certified on weblogic version 9.X ( soon going to certify all fusion middleware products on Oracle webLogic 10.X )
—Integrating features of Oracle Application Server like OC4J (EJB, ORM, Security Model) into Oracle WebLogic Server
Oracle will retain its own SOA Suite but add number of features from BEA’s SOA Suite to Oracle SOA Suite.
After convergence, Oracle SOA suite is going to look like
— Converge Aqualogic Service Bus (from BEA) and Enterprise Service Bus (from Oracle) to common architecture called SCA (Services Component Architecture) and make it part of Oracle SOA Suite
— Retain Oracle BPEL PM (Business Process Execution Language Process Manager) for process orchestration.
— Retain Oracle Business Rule Engine.
— Oracle’s Event Processing combined with Weblogic Event Server (BEA) for monitoring the processes.
— Oracle’s BAM (Business Activity Monitor) to publish analytics out of these applications.
— Retain Oracle’s WSM (Web Services Manager) to define policy on services.
— Use Aqualogic Enterprise Repository (from BEA) to govern Services. (Repository to store/publish services, manage and govern these policies for SOA governance)
— Oracle’s EM (Enterprise Manager) for monitoring & Oracle B2B (Business 2 Business) engine
Where is Technology Stack of Applications (E-Business Suite) heading …
This opens debate about Is technology Stack going to change in Oracle Applications (E-Business Suite) and if Yes, How Soon ???
We all know Oracle Applications rely heavily on middleware (specially Java Application Server – like 10.1.2 & 10.1.3 ORACLE_HOMEs in R12)
Does it mean that We will see WebLogic Server as Application Server in future release ?
On that front I would like to focus on Thomas’s point “Gradually move from Oracle Application Server to Weblogic Application Server as main java application server in Oracle Applications but no immediate change”
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More on Oracle WebLogic Application Server & Enterprise 2.0 (webcentre suite) coming soon…
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