DOAG 2012 Konferenz: WebLogic and Cloud Talk

WebLogic Talk

I will hack a WebLogic password live at DOAG 2012 conference ;)
… and explain 9 more things you should know about WLS12c. Mostly stuff out of my WebLogic Advanced Recipe book.

There will also be some chocolate and a book to win!

My WebLogic 12c talk on Tuesday.

Cloud Talk

Don’t miss my cloud talk! I will demonstrate live a couple of things you won’t be able to with the Oracle cloud ;)  Public Cloud talk on Wednesday. More chocolate and of course another book to win!

Oracle Database as a Service in the Amazon Cloud: Now with APEX, Oracle XML DB and your Data Center’s IPs.

Amazon Web Services improved its Relational Database as a Service (RDS) for Oracle. It now supports APEX (finally, see the lengthy APEX discussion here), the OracleXMLDB and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).

For more information:

 

Cloud Computing Workshop 2011: Oracle, Rackspace and Amazon

This year I really kept the best until the end! Last week I was running a 2-day cloud computing workshop with a 2-hour hands-on management presentation the night before the workshop for Contribute in Belgium. Contribute is an Oracle Platinum partner and being surrounded by Oracle Fusion Middleware experts, DBAs, application architects and senior level management the technical level of the workshop was very high with many interesting discussions.

We covered Oracle Public Cloud (OPC), Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Rackspace (RS). OPC is not available yet, but the overall functionality including its limitations for the first release is more or less known and quite interesting compared to let’s say running WebLogic on AWS.

To prove the point I was running WebLogic 12c on AWS cloud with 30GB of heap on a high-mem 4xl instance with 8 cores. Proving the point cost me a bit more than US$2.

Typically I expected that the more tech savvy audience prefers AWS over Rackspace, yet this time people were impressed by the easy setup of Rackspace and the way they handled a minor problem with their web console file-upload feature during a live chat session.

Among hundreds of other details we looked at the I/O performance. The performance of Amazon’s EBS is known to be interesting (you may want to read this as ‘difficult’). See Adrian’s posting for a thorough explanation, some benchmarks here, and some more details there.

The out-of-the-box performance looking at Rackspace Cloud is more consistent and there is a surprisingly high throughput which is almost independent of the data size. Here is some data comparing a local laptop disk, to the disks attached to the Rackspace Cloud servers to my brand new consumer SSD (not sure if a 512 GB SSD still qualifies as ‘consumer’). All numbers refer to a READ-benchmark with increasing data size.

Laptop HD (500GB SATA): 80 MB/s

Laptop SSD (Crucial m4): 281 MB/s

Rackspace (SAN): 302 MB/s

 

I am only posting the screenshot for one of the Rackspace I/O measurements since quality isn’t perfect. There is some older data with graphs available in a previous post of mine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I am still curious about the dip on the left part of the graph which is consistent over several instances and measurements. Any comments?

Oracle Technologist of the Year Cloud Architect Award for Frank Munz

Last week I received the Oracle Technologist of the Year Award, Cloud Architect.

It makes me feel flattered and it’s of course a great honor for me being on this list of fame together with companies such as Dell, TurkCell and others! The award is part of Oracle’s Excellence Awards program. The winners were selected by a panel of judges that scored each entry across multiple categories.

I know there was a tremendous amount of support for the nomination of my Oracle Middleware and Cloud Computing book by my customers, workshop participants, individual book reviewers, Oracle user groups, middleware experts and even some people at Oracle HQ – many thanks to all of you!

Read the full story in the Oracle Magazine:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WebLogic 12c is announced!

WebLogic 12c will be out soon. Launch event is Dec 1st 2011. http://bit.ly/uge9cu .
Certainly you can expect a “WebLogic 12c unboxed” report here once it will be out.
My current estimate is that I will be able to provide custom WebLogic 12c training courses around January 2012.