Oracle Announces Availability of Cloud Application Foundation 12c

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Oracle has announced the latest 12c releases of its Cloud Application Foundation, which integrates application server and in-memory data grid capabilities into a foundation for cloud computing, representing “a major release of our middleware infrastructure,” Mike Lehmann, Oracle vice president of product management, tells 5 Minute Briefing. 

Creating “a new class of cloud infrastructure,” Cloud Application Foundation is made up of Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.2 and Oracle Coherence 12.1.2. Related components include tight integration with Oracle Database 12c, integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 3, and 12c updates to Oracle’s framework and developer tools product portfolio, includingOracle Application Development Framework, Oracle JDeveloper and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, says Lehmann. 

The focus for the products is mission-critical cloud infrastructure and a lot of work has been done around native cloud capabilities, says Lehmann. In addition, enhancements have also been made to the development experience because organizations are not only looking for operational efficiency and better agility of service in the cloud but also better time to market and agility in building their applications by adopting cloud, says Lehmann.

WebLogic Server 12.1.1 was the first release of WebLogic Server proper, and really was the core WebLogic Server, and so it didn’t have the other Cloud Application Foundation components with it, says Lehmann. “With 12.1.2, it is not only a major feature upgrade but it also includes all of the integration with the rest of the Cloud Application Foundation.”

New Features in WebLogic Server 12.1.2

Key features in Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.2 include dynamic clustering for cloud elasticity and more efficient resource management, as well as simplified Java Messaging Service (JMS) administration for operational efficiency. The new release offers complete certification and integration with Oracle Database 12c including support for pluggable database access and database application continuity capabilities for increased availability.

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