Oracle Positions Tuxedo as Leading 'Non-Java' Application Server

Oracle Corporation announced a new release of Tuxedo, an application server intended for rehosting mainframe-class C/C++ and COBOL applications in open or distributed system environments.

The newly announced version, Oracle Tuxedo 11g, is designed to maintain a quality of service level comparable to an IBM mainframe system. Tuxedo - acquired as part of the BEA acquisition last year - is now considered part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g. The application server was first developed as a transaction monitor for mainframe systems in the 1980s. "The core infrastructure running many transaction systems is built around Tuxedo," Ajay Patel, vice president of Fusion Middleware at Oracle, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "Tuxedo is a 25-year-old proven transactional platform. We at Oracle picked up a real jewel in terms of technology, and made a significant commitment and investment into the platform."

Along with C/C++, COBOL, Tuxedo also supports applications built with the Ruby and Python programming languages. Oracle is positioning Tuxedo as its non-Java application server, Patel says "WebLogic server is the number-one application server for the Java environment. Now with Tuxedo 11g, we're introducing Tuxedo as the number-one application server for non-Java languages."

The system also leverages Service Architecture Leveraging Tuxedo (SALT), which includes a Service Component Architecture (SCA) programming model for enterprise Web services. Along with SOA support, Tuxedo 11g is built to enable the deployment of tens of thousands of domains in an application grid architecture.

"Tuxedo 11g really completes Oracle's application grid portfolio products," Patel says. "Application grid is really how we take our core middleware foundational products, providing a platform on which customers can build custom applications, or run packaged applications from Oracle or third-party ISV applications on a common platform. This common platform leverages classic grid computing capabilities, using commodity pools of hardware on which you can start running these applications in a common way."

New products joining the Oracle Tuxedo 11g family include Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime 11g for CICS and Batch and Oracle Tuxedo Application Re-hosting Workbench 11g. Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime redefines the process of mainframe migration to open systems by automating re-hosting. This helps reduce the time, cost and risk of migration projects, thus improving ROI. "A traditional rehost might have taken 18-36 months," Patel says. "We're now able to bring that down to 9-18 months."

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