Oracle Container Cloud Service (OCCS)

Docker has undergone a dramatic evolution in only the last couple of years. From virtually unknown in 2014, it still seemed to be a exotic, niche open source solution when WebLogic was certified on Docker in early 2015.

Nowadays this is different. End of 2016 it has become very common to explore new software by just running an official Docker image from Docker hub. CI / CD pipelines are often built on Docker for repeatability. Docker is one of the key building blocks for runtime environments of those wandering down the microservices alley.

However, you need much more than just a starting a Docker container or two. You need infrastructure, networking, private and public registries, containers have to be scaled and restarted if they fail. All this needs to be installed, configured, and operated. On premises this is not an easy task.

There is a huge difference between spinning up a Docker container and operating a Kubernetes cluster for enterprise critical applications 24/7 in production. So the the obvious choice is often the cloud with a PaaS based container cloud service.

Oracle Container Cloud Service (OCCS) is the newest addition in the Oracle Cloud portfolio. It was built to solve the issues discussed in this posting. The following webcast helps you to understand the key components of OCCS. If you follow it, you can have a worldwide monitoring of your own domain running in some 5 minutes on a hosted Docker container.

Those who know my WebLogic Distinctive Recipes book understand that I am not a big fan of those click here, screenshot, then click there, screenshot articles – therefore I created the webcast for you with a working example that is not already in OCCS. Make sure to read the OCCS documentation anyway.

 

Let me know if you like it!

 

DOAG Conference 2015 – It’s a wrap!

 

20151117_175947DOAG Conference is completed and it was a good one. I did two presentation, both are available for download now from the official DOAG site and from slidshare:

Also I enjoyed meeting my top 3 customers at the conference, attending some great sessions about Hadoop Security, API management and Dueck’s keynote (elaborating about how to treat techies more like cats than dogs, instead of talking about volkswagening). Also, for the first time we had an Oracle ACE dinner organized by Björn Rost and Martin Klier – thanks to OTN!

 

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Interview: The (Emerging) Role of the Cloud Architect

I did an interview in San Francisco hosted by Bob Rhubart with some well known folks of the industry including Sten Vesterli, Ronald Luttikhuizn, Simon Haslam, Arturo Viveros, and Ron Batra about the role of the cloud architect.

IMHO we won’t see many people with the job title Cloud Architect on their business card. It’s increasingly important and disruptive tech, every architect, team leader and CIO has to deal with it, however it’s tech that you as a professional have to understand. The cloud changes a lot if you do it right, read my article about cloud benefits.

Enjoy listening to the interview.bob

 

Next Stop: SOALatam Conference Lima / Peru

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Just back from Oracle Open Word 2015 in San Francisco, it’s a great honor for me that my presentation Docker Containers: A Thorough and Critical Overview was accepted for the the SOALatam conference in Lima. This is an independent conference but many examples and the demos will be based on Oracle Fusion Middleware or WebLogic. We cover key topics such as Security, Docker tools, Docker in public Clouds (Amazon, Google, Oracle).

Most presentation will be in Spanish, I will the only non-latino speaker apart from Thomas Erl.

I am looking forward to a world class conference in Lima and to meeting friends such as Tabata Jessica Pérez as well as Rolando Carrasco and Arturo Viveros from the SOA myth buster team. Thomas Erl is the keynote speaker and it’s also a good opportunity to win a top notch computer science text book 🙂

Heaps of reasons for a trip to Lima. CU there!

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