Oracle Announces Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder and Oracle WebLogic Suite Virtualization Option

Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder and Oracle WebLogic Suite Virtualization
Option Enable Increased Server Utilization, Performance, Standardization and
Operational Efficiency; Strengthens Application Grid Portfolio

News Facts

  • Oracle today announced Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder and Oracle WebLogic Suite Virtualization Option to help make running
    Java applications in a virtualized environment easy and practical.
  • Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder is a new product designed
    to help organizations quickly and easily deploy multi-tier enterprise
    applications in virtualized environments. It also enables administrators to
    quickly configure and provision these applications.
  • Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder provides a framework for
    automatically capturing the configuration of existing software components and
    packaging them as self-contained building blocks known as appliances.
  • In addition, Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder enables
    administrators to easily connect appliances as pluggable building blocks, known
    as assemblies, which can be used to create multi-tier applications.
  • Oracle WebLogic Suite Virtualization Option brings
    together Oracle WebLogic Server with JRockit Virtual Edition in a new release of
    the world’s #1 application server. This release is optimized for virtualized
    environments and able to deliver higher application performance and increased
    hardware utilization.
  • Oracle WebLogic Server can now run directly on Oracle VM
    without an operating system, a unique capability enabled by Oracle JRockit
    Virtual Edition.
  • Oracle VM server virtualization helps make enterprise
    software easier to deploy and manage, and is highly optimized to run
    business-critical database and application workloads efficiently and
    cost-effectively. The only x86 server virtualization certified for all Oracle
    software, Oracle VM is available as a free download.
  • In a virtualized environment, Oracle JRockit Virtual
    Edition handles essential operating system functions including TCP/IP, hardware
    device interaction, file I/O, and process scheduling, while freeing up hardware
    and management resources by removing operating system capabilities that are not
    essential for enterprise Java applications.
  • Together with Oracle JRockit Virtual Edition, Oracle
    Virtual Assembly Builder can drive deployment and runtime efficiencies. This
    combination can deliver significant value through both operational and capital
    cost savings.

Operational Efficiency and Agility

  • Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder enables the creation and
    configuration of multi-tier applications and provisions them onto virtualized
    resources.
  • Application-Aware Physical to Virtual: Captures the
    configuration of each software component in an existing application environment
    and packages them into a collection of customized software appliances.
  • Standardized Building Blocks: Creates multi-tier
    application assemblies using virtualized appliances.
  • Simplified and Rapid Provisioning: Single-step,
    template-based deployment of multi-tier applications to virtualized
    environments.

Higher Density and Performance for Virtualized Environments

  • Oracle JRockit Virtual Edition enhances the performance
    and functionality of Oracle WebLogic Server 11g in virtualized environments.
    This enables organizations to maximize server virtualization investments
    through:
  • Improved Server Density: By eliminating the operating
    system, Oracle WebLogic Server on JRockit Virtual Edition frees up system
    resources to run more application server instances on the same hardware.
  • Higher Performance: Oracle WebLogic Server on JRockit
    Virtual Edition can increase the performance of virtualized Java applications by
    up to 30 percent compared to deployments that include an operating system.

Supporting Quotes

  • “With these groundbreaking products, Oracle has made
    virtualization a reality for Java enterprise applications. Moreover, we are the
    only vendor to empower customers with this kind of comprehensive solution,” said
    Steven G. Harris, senior vice president of product development, Oracle. “With
    Oracle WebLogic Server running on JRockit Virtual Edition, we have eliminated
    the trade-off of server density and performance by bringing the world’s #1
    application server to virtualized environments.”
  • “Enterprise applications are often a composite of many
    different entities distributed across different machines,” said Adam Messinger,
    vice president of development, Oracle. “To simplify and speed virtualized
    deployments, Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder can take a snapshot of distributed
    applications and package them into an assembly that can be easily reused. This
    helps organizations quickly scale and also reduces potential deployment risk by
    enabling administrators to leverage and re-deploy proven configurations.”
  • “We have tested Oracle WebLogic Server on JRockit Virtual
    Edition in the context of the CERN openlab partnership, and we have found
    impressive benefits for our organization. This solution significantly simplifies
    the maintenance of our middleware solutions and provides cost-effective
    scalability on demand as it runs without a guest operating system. Overall,
    Oracle WebLogic Server on JRockit Virtual Edition enables us to respond faster
    to our users’ demands,” Carlos Garcia Fernandez, CERN Database Group and CERN
    openlab.
  • "We’ve been a WebLogic Server and Oracle VM customer for
    many years. The Oracle WebLogic Suite Virtualization Option, and its use of
    Oracle VM server virtualization, can give us the performance and reliability
    that we need to run our business applications, while speeding our deployment
    times. It can also provide the scalability we need to grow with our business and
    is based on open standards to help us maintain the flexibility we desire," said
    Michael Poole, Chief Technology Officer, University of Massachusetts
    System.

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