WebLogic on ODA 2.9 Released

Last week was a big day in virtualised ODA-land as it saw the launch of WebLogic on ODA 2.9. Admittedly it doesn’t sound like a very exciting release but it is one that we at O-box have been looking forward to for quite some time. Let me explain why, then we’ll look into the details…

The ODA X4-2 has 48 Intel Xeon cores. That is a lot of compute power. Whilst the largest O-box SOA Appliance single environment configuration can in theory use all those cores (currently with 40 vCPU of SOA!) the vast majority of O-box users will want smaller configurations. Prior to 2.9 the Oracle WebLogic implementation only supported one domain per ODA, so the conundrum O-box development faced last year was either: offer customers only one SOA environment on their O-box for now (but have the benefit of a standard, easily supportable WebLogic installation), or build our own WebLogic/OTD OVM templates from scratch.

One of our driving goals with O-box is to give the best possible experience and make the appliance as supportable as possible. Therefore we took the gamble that we would stick with the Oracle’s one-domain WebLogic configuration initially, and just hope that it would deliver multi-domain support for us in a timely manner (note: this is probably not a strategy that business textbooks would recommend!).

Anyway, we’ve been working closely with Oracle Product Management for a few months now and I’m delighted to see 2.9 as the fruits of their labour. This also neatly ties in with several recent requests for O-box to include OSB as well as SOA/BPEL (which we have always wanted to have in separate domains). The diagram below is the neatest way to summarise what the new 2.9 release will allow us to deliver, i.e. previously only one 3D box was possible:

The second important feature for O-box is now being able to run the ODA WebLogic Configuration Utility (or “configurator” if you are the other side of the Atlantic!) in silent mode. Some of you will have heard me talk about my vision for O-box which is to provision 100% silently, based on our “2 stick install” approach. Technically this is feasible but one of the stumbling blocks has been us not being able to run the configurator java UI silently from the O-box Manager. I’m pleased to say there’s now a –silent option and that it works exactly as advertised!

Finally, there was a little unexpected treat in 2.9 which I’ll come on to later. So let’s dig a little deeper…

Click here to the rest of this article on Simon’s own blog

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