Oracle launches WebLogic Server 12c, a major revision of the company's Java app server with enhancements to better support cloud computing.
Oracle announced a new version of its
Java application server, Oracle
WebLogic Server, 12c, which
enables enterprises to better integrate cloud computing into their IT mix.
As the center piece of Oracle's Cloud
Application Foundation, and a core part of the Oracle Fusion Middleware
product family, Oracle WebLogic Server continues to deliver innovative
capabilities for building, deploying and running Java Platform, Enterprise
Edition (Java EE) applications. It also features enhancements to help customers
and partners lower their total cost of ownership and derive more value from
their current application infrastructure, while accelerating the development
cycle and reducing time to market for their applications.
The new version provides a seamless
upgrade from Oracle WebLogic Server 11g,
Oracle said. Oracle WebLogic Server is also a key component of the new Oracle Java
Cloud Service, an enterprise platform for developing, deploying and
managing Java EE applications, which supports development and deployment from
multiple Java-based integrated development environments (IDEs), including Oracle
JDeveloper, NetBeans IDE and Eclipse.
"With Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, customers
can leverage the No. 1 application server to get more out of their existing
infrastructure, dramatically simplify application deployment and management,
and accelerate time-to-market with developer efficiency innovations," said
Cameron Purdy, vice president of development at Oracle, in a statement. "In
addition, with Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, customers are better positioned to
adopt cloud computing and can leverage their existing infrastructure to create
private or public cloud architectures and then easily move back and forth
between on- and off-premise infrastructure as their requirements change. Oracle
WebLogic Server and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud provide an ideal cloud
application foundation with maximum performance, scalability and reliability."
IDC analyst Al Hilwa said the new
version of WebLogic is important because WebLogic is Oracle's flagship Fusion
middleware solution, and there are some important cloud-centric capabilities
being delivered as well as some interesting touch points that cross multiple
Oracle products leveraging the capabilities of Oracle's rich software stack.
"First of all, this finally delivers
Java EE 6 technology in commercial form to the huge installed base which will
begin adopting it over the next couple of years," Hilwa said. "And secondly, it
brings some innovative new stack integration capabilities that give Oracle
database users the incentive to use Oracle's middleware if they are not using
it already. Tie-ins in manageability and performance to Oracle RAC and Active
Data Guard will stimulate some interest and good rationalizations to use the
commercial product for some users. I also think the new cloud
capabilities for managing and deploying groups of servers will help stimulate
cloud adoption and lower the cost for anyone who wants to deploy this
technology as a service provider, including Oracle."
Mike Lehmann, senior director of
product management at Oracle, said WebLogic Server 12c is now certified for the full Java EE 6 platform specification,
which enables higher developer productivity with standards-based, modern APIs,
including Servlet 3.0, JAX-RS 1.1, Java Server Faces 2.1, EJB 3.1, Context and
Dependency Injection for Java, and many others.
And Oracle WebLogic Server developers can now leverage Java Platform Standard
Edition (Java SE) 7 features to create cleaner, more maintainable code.
In addition, Lehmann said Oracle
WebLogic Server provides out-of-the-box support for dependency management and a
uniform build process via an updated Oracle WebLogic Server plug-in for Apache Maven.
Moreover, the new Fusion Middleware
component Oracle Traffic Director (OTD) integrates with Oracle WebLogic Server
12c to add high-performance and high-availability
traffic routing capabilities, along with dynamically configurable caching, load
balancing and proxy support for HTTP-based applications. And leveraging
graphical tooling and open, platform-as-a-service (PaaS) Web Service APIs, Oracle
Virtual Assembly Builder enables simplified configuration and packaging of
multi-tier enterprise applications on environments virtualized with Oracle
VM, Lehmann said.
"Choice Hotels International, one of
the world's largest lodging franchisors, with over 6,000 hotels worldwide, uses
Oracle WebLogic Server as a strategic platform," said Rain Fletcher, vice
president of applications development and architecture at Choice Hotels, in a
statement. "Our Oracle WebLogic Server infrastructure handles over 3.2M
requests each day, serving thousands of franchised properties, in a 24/7
environment with zero-downtime application deployments. We are excited about
many of the innovations in Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, including full Java EE 6 support, faster application development
and better performance. With the new Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, we are excited to see new
capabilities around automated configuration management, performance monitoring
and diagnostics, and out-of-the-box monitoring, which increases our staff
productivity and further improves our quality of service by minimizing
Meanwhile, Lehmann said improved
integration between Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle
Real Application Clusters (RAC) can auto detect and correct database node
failures to help drive higher performance and simplify management. And the new
disaster recovery capabilities allow customers to store data in either a file
store or a database, including the option to store transaction logs in a
database, he said. It enables the use of consistent replication such as Oracle
GoldenGate and Oracle
Active Data Guard for all dynamic application data, including online, Java
Message Service (JMS) and transaction logs.
Lehmann said integration with Oracle
RAC enables customers to achieve two to three times faster data speeds. And
Oracle Traffic Director can deliver a 300 to 400 percent performance boost to
applications running on Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Fusion Middleware,
compared with traditional Web-based architectures. It is delivered on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, where
it has been optimized for extreme performance, taking advantage of Intel's
Advanced Encryption Set and Integrated Performance Primitives to deliver
maximum compression and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) performance. WebLogic Server
12c also features improved application security with the Transport Layer Security (TLS)
1.2, the successor to SSL.
In addition, Lehmann said Oracle
WebLogic Server is optimized to run as a high-performance, mission-critical,
elastic cloud infrastructure on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. Oracle Exalogic
Elastic Cloud is tested and tuned by Oracle to provide the best foundation for
Java applications, Oracle applications and other enterprise applications with
blazing performance, the company said.
"Oracle WebLogic Server 12c is exactly what I have been waiting
for," said Markus Eisele, a German software architect and consultant.
"Developing Java EE 6 applications for Oracle WebLogic Server has never been
easier. Development, deployment, management and productivity have now been
taken to the next level, which makes Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, in my opinion, the most reliable Java
EE application server ever."
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.