Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: ‘Intelligent Foundation’

Early this month, Oracle president Charles Phillips rolled out Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. The announcements paint a picture of Oracle's intent to deliver new levels of integrated management and performance for middleware, ESB and SOA. Oracle also shared its vision for a new 'intelligent enterprise' stack that will blend middleware, data and applications with Sun Microsystems' servers and storage.

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Early this month, Oracle president Charles Phillips and a host of execs launched Oracle Fusion Middlewsare 11g, its much-anticipated upgrade to its Oracle Fusion Middleware offering enterprise integration and SOA. The announcements bring paint a picture of a new level of management and integration for middleware, ESB and SOA.

Further, Oracle's Phillips and other execs unveiled a vision for how Oracle will blend middleware, data and applications with Sun Microsystems servers and storage to create an integrated stack of technology to simplify computing infrastructure.

The envisioned Oracle stack, comprised of Infrastructure - Database - Middleware - Applications, will create a host of new opportunities for Oracle to attack the 80-90% of IT spending that is now committed to maintenance, configuration and on-going management, Phillips said.

"There is a lot we can do [to solve those issues] as we take on silicon and storage," Phillips said. While he admitted that Oracle is not entirely sure what level this hardware-offload for software direction go should go, he was quite clear that this is the direction: "We are trying to change the game, now that we have the complete stack."

A host of upgrades and enhancements to Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g will play a pivotal role in the emergence of this integrated infrastructure stack.

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g:
Unifying Point for Simplifying Infrastructure

Phillips described Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g "s a unifying point for a lot we've been doing," adding it "will provide a set of middleware services that all apps need."

These features include repeatable processes, metadata-driven relations to align business processes, support for real-time data capture and display for portals, Web 2.0 and RIA applications, system validation and virtualization, identify management, integrated support for policy, compliance, access-controlled collaboration and governance.

Below is a list of highlights the enhancements across the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g offerings: :

  • Oracle SOA Suite 11g: With upgrades aimed at creating a single end-to-end process platform for supporting end to end traffic from legacy, SOA, web and cloud. The suite features these updates to integrate, manage, view and govern

    Native SCA Designer: Improves dev productivity with drag-and-drop features, and promotes collaboration between business analysts and IT developers with a composite application blueprint.

    Integration of Event Driven Network and Services Capabilities: Simplify development of event-based applications with rich graphical tooling on top of underlying asynchronous messaging protocols.

    Unified Business Process Management: Provides a single method to support and integrate human, system and document-centric processes.

    Integrated Business Rules Engine: Sports a business-friendly, decision table-like design interface, this makes it easy to express and modify rules on business processes.

    Support for Complex Event Processing / Business Activity Monitoring: Delivers real-time business visibility via monitoring, filtering, correlation and analysis of business events across the enterprise.

    Cross-Application, End-to-End Instance Tracking: Integrated management within Oracle Enterprise Manager, this approach offers out-of-the-box visibility and audit trails across distributed, composite processes and applications.

    Centralized SOA Governance and Policy Management: Simplifies asset management and discovery, promoting re-use and helping to eliminate costly missteps through integrated impact analysis.

  • Oracle WebLogic Suite 11g: aims to enables enterprises to deploy reliable applications that can quickly and cost-effectively scale to meet changing business needs. It includes Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Coherence, Oracle JRockit, Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Manager.

    Key upgrades to Oracle WebLogic Suite include: Oracle Fusion Middleware GridLink for Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Fusion Middleware Enterprise Grid Messaging, and Oracle Fusion Middleware ActiveCache.

    Oracle Fusion Middleware GridLink for Oracle Real Application Clusters: To optimize integration between database clustering and application server clustering. This improves availability and performance in clustered architectures with low cost of management.

    Oracle Fusion Middleware Enterprise Grid Messaging: To provide an enterprise-wide messaging backbone fully integrated with the application server based on WebLogic Server Java Message Service.

    Oracle WebLogic Server: Adds integration with Oracle Database 11g Streams Advanced Queuing messaging feature for a single, high performance and reliable offering.

    Oracle Fusion Middleware ActiveCache: Allows Oracle WebLogic Server to scale Web session and persistence state in an Oracle Coherence in-memory data grid for greater responsiveness and scalability in Java applications.

  • Oracle also unveiled several other key end-to-end technologies for the SOA-driven enterprise, including: WebCenter Suite 11g, improvements to its JDeveloper toolset to improve design-t-deployment for ESBs and SOA-based integration project, and the first phase of its offering for end-to-end identity management