After nearly 20-month Hard work period, Oracle today announced the arrival this month of the next generation of its sprawling middleware family, the long-anticipated Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g.
Oracle acquired BEA systems a year back and thereafter was working hard to getting a suite of products to stack up it’s powerful Middle-ware suite.
Now, Referred to as a “complete, integrated, and hot-pluggable” middleware set of suites, the new software infrastructure offerings integration and business intelligence (BI) benefits across its vast product portfolio, including new capabilities for Oracle SOA Suite, WebLogic Suite, Web Center Suite, and opening debut for Identity Management as a suite.
With the spoils of the BEA acquisition now fully baked into the mix — and with anticipation for what the pending Sun Microsystems buy brings – Oracle is well on its way to obviating the middleware moniker. Perhaps we should call it “anyware.”
The glaring missing link now is the cloud element of Oracle’s destiny. With such a broad infrastructure, data lifecycle, and apps/services development portfolio — not to mention deep hooks into Oracle’s burgeoning business applications offerings — the only needed outcome to fulfill is the “any” in “anyware.” That must include a fluid sourcing, hosting and business model future — the nearly obvious Oracle Cloud.
Now that it’s here, the 11g continental conglomeration must be the gateway for the enveloping 12c, as in “c” for cloud. You don’t need to be an oracle to factor that clear and necessary path to the future.
Meanwhile, terrestrial Oracle also announced today that its middleware remains the company’s fastest growing business with 90,000 customers worldwide.
Enhancements across the platform of platforms in the Fusion Middleware 11g include:
They are automated business processes in software, human-intervention and manual workflow business processes and document-based business processes. Oracle Enterprise Manager provides visibility into and an audit trail of business processes. Service components based on a standard service component architecture can be built in SCA Designer, another piece of the suite. Complex event processing has been added to analyze a business process to determine whether it is performing as expected and provide alerts is some steps start to fail.
Fusion Middleware 11g also builds on the previously announced Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g strategic development tools including JDeveloper, Application Development Framework, and TopLink.
Of the still standing middleware field — IBM, Microsoft, Software AG, Red Hat/JBoss, Progress, TIBCO, SAP and Sybase — only a few will be both able to get the “anyware” in terms of product breadth and of cloud delivery. [Disclosure: Progress and TIBCO and sponsors of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]
Oracle has sewn up its field brilliantly via its organic and aquisitions-fueled growth of the past decade. With Sun and its ID management, file system/directory, storage, Solaris community, and speedy silicon, the path to cloud seems inevitable and closer than most thought for Oracle. Incidentally, control of Java is more a strategic weapon than an enabler.
Oracle still needs more total governance (don’t we all!), a PaaS play, and a whole lot of globally established and cutting edge, cloud-delivery data centers in place humming along. Oh, and the transition from a licensed to subscription commodity services business models won’t be any much easier for Oracle than Microsoft. Has to be done, however.
But, as usual, Oracle will stride like the Rhodes Colossus the build, buy and partner spectrum of opportunity to attain a gobal cloud delivery capability. Nothing but the best will do, of course. Oracle has just about everything else in place, that’s abundantly clear.
source: ZDnet, informationWeek, Oracle