Oracle Application Server 10g Delivers Middleware for Enterprise Grid Computing
Monday September 08 2003 @ 08:12PM EDT

ORACLEWORLD, SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle Corp., the world's largest enterprise software company, today announced Oracle(R) Application Server 10g, the first middleware offering that simplifies the management of applications running in a grid computing environment. The latest edition of Oracle's middleware product also offers enhanced integration and Web services capabilities. Oracle Application Server 10g will enable customers to more easily respond to changing business requirements, such as integrating applications and Web services or increasing computing resources within an enterprise grid to process payroll at month's end.

Enterprise grid computing can dramatically reduce the time, labor and cost of IT management by pooling industry-standard servers, storage and software. As a result, companies can use the power of their entire system, or computing grid, for several projects, rather than continuing to purchase more capacity for separate projects. As part of Oracle's integrated grid software infrastructure (see separate announcements today unveiling Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g), Oracle Application Server 10g allows organizations to run existing applications and Web sites on enterprise grids unchanged.

Manage Applications More Easily on Enterprise Grids

It can be expensive and difficult to add or balance existing computing capacity and to provision and test middleware, which is server software that runs Internet applications, Web services and Web sites. The new workload management features in Oracle Application Server 10g are policy-based, allowing IT administrators to easily optimize computing capacity by shifting resources -- such as hardware, storage and software configurations -- as needed.

Using Oracle Application Server 10g, administrators can adjust computing capacity based on threshold metrics, such as server utilization rates or end-user response times, or in response to scheduled events, such as payroll processing at the end of the month or closing the books at the end of a quarter. Companies can reduce system management costs and end users can benefit from improved system performance.

"With Oracle 10g, we are able to better manage millions of images for our constituents on-demand," said Jeremy Forman, computer systems analyst, New Mexico Department of Transportation. "With Oracle Application Server 10g's new automation features, we are changing the way we administer our applications. Many repetitive administrative tasks have been eliminated, allowing the administrator to quickly and easily manage more and larger applications and Web sites, providing us with significant cost savings, improved performance and manageability."

Oracle Application Server 10g also provides new high availability capabilities that improve the reliability of applications running on clusters and enterprise grids. New features include the enhanced Fast Start Fault Recovery Architecture and Failure Notification (FaN) that simplify communication between the database and application server nodes to provide a coordinated failover response when hardware or other system outages occur.

Customers Can Use IT Assets More Effectively

Traditional IT infrastructures leave organizations with "islands" of computing resources and software applications that are difficult to integrate. For example, a company may want to integrate the data in their human resources and payroll systems and deliver it to employees via a portal, but the applications and data reside on different servers and may not be designed to work together.

Oracle Application Server 10g provides advanced integration capabilities that allow companies to use one product to address application-to-application, business-to-business and Web services integration. As a result, organizations can create one company-wide data model that acts as a single hub of information and reduces the cost of future integration projects. New integration features in Oracle Application Server 10g include:

-- Easy-to-use declarative tools and pre-built adapters for most applications and data that eliminates the need for custom setup and programming;
-- Support for business-to-business integration so companies can securely manage transactions with trading partners and suppliers;
-- Policy-based management that streamlines trading partner administration by maintaining agreements, profiles and collaboration details;
-- New model-based, event-driven management tools that allow organizations to more efficiently manage and monitor important business processes; and,
-- Support for a wide range of standards-based integration protocols - such as EDI, RosettaNet (high-tech manufacturing) and HL/7 (healthcare)
-- so organizations no longer need expensive, proprietary point-to-point integration products that require a separate solution for each integration project.

Because these integration capabilities are built into Oracle Application Server 10g, customers and system integrators can also leverage the product's clustering, high availability and enterprise grid computing features in new integration deployments. Solution integrators can lower the cost of delivering solutions and improve the quality of service by improving the integration of their customers' systems.

"Companies are under enormous pressure to minimize costs wherever possible, and part of the solution is to better leverage their existing computing resources," said Bobby Soni, global integration services lead, BearingPoint, Inc. (NYSE:BE) , one of the world's largest business consulting and systems integration firms. "The capabilities offered by Oracle's Application Server 10g can help companies maximize their IT investments by building on a company's current system to run additional applications."

Use Web Services with Oracle Grid Computing for Business Flexibility

For maximum flexibility in developing and deploying applications, customers and partners can leverage both the grid computing support and enhanced Web services functionality in Oracle Application Server 10g. Grid computing streamlines the addition and balancing of computing capacity, while Web services make it easier to reuse and integrate applications.

Oracle's new middleware software provides a straightforward approach to developing and managing Web services and composite applications, which are applications that combine functionality from new and legacy applications. Full support for the latest WS-I Web services standards and interoperability with .Net Web services enable organizations to deploy and manage secure, enterprise-class Web services. As a result, companies can deliver new services to customers, employees and trading partners quickly.

"Oracle has always strived to keep its customers on the cutting edge. In 2000, we were the first vendor to deliver an integrated application platform suite, combining middleware capabilities such as J2EE, portal, wireless, caching, Web services and business intelligence," said Charles Rozwat, executive vice president, Server Technologies, Oracle Corporation. "As a result, our customers and partners were able to save money and streamline business processes. By making it easy to take advantage of grid computing, Oracle Application Server 10g takes middleware to the next level and enables customers to lower costs and increase IT responsiveness."


Oracle Application Server 10g is scheduled to be available by the end of this year.

About Oracle Application Server 10g

Oracle Application Server 10g is an integrated, standards-based software platform that allows organizations of all sizes to be more responsive to changing business requirements. Oracle Application Server 10g features full support for J2EE and grid computing, built-in enterprise portal software, high-speed caching, business intelligence, rapid application development, application and business integration, wireless capabilities, Web services and more, all in one package. Because Oracle Application Server 10g is optimized for enterprise grid computing, it enables customers to realize better availability of their IT systems and lower hardware and administration costs.

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