• Java Cloud Service - initial impressions for WebLogic architects and administrators

    jcs3by Simon Haslampublished inSOA Magazine V

    There's no doubt that "the cloud" is coming, even in the relatively conservative world of mission-critical Oracle platforms.

    At the end of 2012 I took a trial of what was then "Java (or WebLogic) as a Service" (now known as "SaaS Extension"). Back then I wasn't hugely impressed - yes, I could deploy a simple web app, but the WebLogic environment was very heavily constrained and almost entirely hidden from the administrator - no WebLogic console, no WLST, minimal logs. As a result as soon as I tried to deploy something non-trivial, in this case Apache Roller (the software running this blog), I ran into all sorts of class white-list issues and with little debug information so I quickly gave up in despair!

  • Simon Haslam



    I enjoy designing and building infrastructure solutions to meet business improvement programmes. These typically employ components of Oracle Fusion Middleware on top of the Oracle Database, and are used for call-centre and web/mobile applications, as well as integration and orchestration services. They are almost invariably highly available, clustered systems built to Oracle's MAA and Enterprise Deployment guidelines (or similar).

    As part of these roles I am often engaged to help in designing, or reviewing, the system architecture including server hardware, network design (especially application delivery controllers/load balancers), storage and virtualisation platform.

    I have been working with Oracle products since 1995 and, more specifically, Oracle middleware since 1999.

    I am an active member of the UK Oracle User Group and have been speaking at their events since 2000. Currently I am chair of the UKOUG Application Server & Middleware special interest group, which holds 3 meetings a year and is dedicated to the needs of Oracle middleware administrators and architects. I have also delivered technical presentations at a variety of other conferences including Oracle OpenWorld, ODTUG, DOAG, OUGN, Oracle Fusion Middleware Partner Forum and others.

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