Next week the biggest Oracle conference of the year takes place in San Francisco: Oracle OpenWorld.
This year I am speaking in 3 presentations, on several of my current favourite topics! The abstracts have fairly limited space so I thought I’d describe a little more about what they will be about:
1) What Should I Do Now? Oracle Java Cloud Service for the Oracle WebLogic Server Administrator [CON7037]
October 27, 11:00 am – 11:45 am | Park Central—Metropolitan III
Oracle Java Cloud Service (JCS) offers all the power of Oracle WebLogic Server but runs as a managed service in Oracle Cloud. Does this mean your job as an Oracle WebLogic administrator is over? No — you’ll be able to put your skills to more valuable use. Instead of worrying about how much hardware you need, tracking down patches, or keeping the systems running, with Oracle Java Cloud Service your focus will be liaising with your development teams to deploy new versions of applications safely into production, shaking out and fixing performance issues, scheduling patching, and planning for future growth while maintaining consistent service levels — all tasks of high value to your users. Join this session for an administrator’s view of Oracle Java Cloud Service and how it can work for you.
This has been a big research area for me this summer ever since I got my hands on full JCS (see my earlier blog posts Java Cloud Service – initial impressions for WebLogic architects and administrators and Java Cloud Service – detailed observations). I will describe what JCS is like from an administrator’s-eye view (what you can control and what you can’t, how the VMs look, directory structures and so on), and think I might demo the very nice REST APIs (I’m sure the web UI parts of JCS will get demo’d a lot next week already). Plus, what worthy technical presentation doesn’t talk about REST at the moment?!
Whilst I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how I would use JCS for workloads that are typically run on WebLogic on-premises, I have also been wondering how it will affect the kind of infrastructure work my customers’ operations/administration teams will do. Over the last month I’ve set up an online survey to try to find out, in general terms, what DBAs and Middleware Admins spend their time on, and will report back on this as part of my presentation: the results may surprise you!
So I hope this session will be of interest to all WebLogic administrators. Even if you work for a bank or some such, and can’t see using public JCS any time soon, we know many of the JCS-style administration features will be moving to our own data centres as private cloud, so this could be a glimpse of the future…
2) PaaS-ify Across on Premises and Oracle Cloud with Ease [CON9747]
October 29, 10:45 am – 11:30 am | Moscone South—300
Deploy, move, and manage your applications with ease anytime, anywhere, both on premises or in Oracle Cloud—with a single pane of glass. Oracle Enterprise Manager provides that single pane of glass that lets DevOps and IT administrators deploy applications into the cloud or migrate them across clouds, and most important, monitor and manage them on a continual basis. In this session, learn how existing capabilities for middleware as a service extend seamlessly to Oracle Cloud to provide agility without compromising on visibility and management.
It’s a cheesy title I know, but this session is actually not unrelated to my first. Enterprise Manager (or specifically the FMW plug-in) has been evolving rapidly with the Middleware as a Service functionality introduced in 12cR2 and is now relatively mature in 12cR5 (including SOA 12c install-base provisioning as well as cloning). These days you have Database as a Service, Middleware (WebLogic/Java) as a Service, SOA as a Service, and OSB as a Service (and probably more!). So there’s what appears to be a curious situation of very cloud-like provisioning of Fusion Middleware possible from EM onto whatever hardware you like, and then provisioning of Java Cloud Service, SOA Cloud Service, etc, via the Oracle Public Cloud (OPC) service manager which works in a different way. What Enterprise Manager offers though is a means of unification; by means of the new EM Hybrid Cloud Gateway you can manage OPC all targets too. This means that to EM private “as a Service” or public “Cloud Service” environments can be treated in the same manner to deploy, monitor and manage applications.
The lead speaker for this session is Frances Zhao-Perez, who is responsible for much of this functionality from an EM Product Management perspective so knows both the current status and road-map in depth. Since 12cR4 EM I’ve had a couple of projects in this area so will give the perspective of a customer starting to pilot this for their WebLogic and probable JCS environments, and we are joined by Ishaq Mohammed, from Pacific Gas & Electric, who will talk about their on-premises experiences of EM MWaaS.
3) Ten Real-World Customer Configurations on Oracle Database Appliance [CON3817]
October 29, 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm | Moscone South—306
Oracle Database Appliance is a powerful machine, yet its name hides its versatility. Certainly, it provides a great place to run Oracle databases but given that it runs virtualization, it also offers much more for the Oracle-centric platform builder. This session presents 10 different real-world customer implementations from various database configurations, to middleware infrastructures such as Oracle WebLogic and Oracle SOA Suite, through to application deployments like Oracle’s JD Edwards. For each example in this session, the approach chosen is discussed — as well as lessons learned — to provide the audience with a clear path for moving forward with Oracle Database Appliance.
Finally, you could probably have guessed a year ago that I’d have submitted something on the Oracle Database Appliance! I’ll be presenting this with a friend of mine, Shervin Sheidaei, from Eclipsys Solutions in Canada, who some of you might seen presenting about ODA at OpenWorld last year. We have a list of 10 ODA Bare Metal and VP use cases for which we will describe a case study, what the requirements and drivers for the solution were, and the lessons we learnt along the way. I think you’ll be surprised at how versatile ODA is and Shervin came up with a configuration or two (out of the 80+ ODAs Eclipsys has sold) that I hadn’t come across before!
So, for anyone attending OpenWorld who’s interested in Oracle platforms and infrastructure, I hope to see you soon 🙂