Oracle fusion - Hot or Not?
Oracle Database Tips by Donald Burleson
Oracle has a
long history of innovation and they are sometimes way-ahead of
the technology curve, often introducing features years ahead of
their time. For example, Oracle parallel query was
introduced long before SMP Oracle servers became commonplace.
question is whether Oracle new features will have widespread
adoption. We see that Oracle 10g Grid computing was pushed
heavily, yet the
Gartner Group noted that only a small number of Oracle shops
have adopted RAC clusters for their Oracle systems:
Burton of Gartner noted that adoption of Oracle9i RAC
has been quite slow, and she predicts that by the year 2006,
only about 10 percent of Oracle users will be utilizing RAC
within their production applications."
Oracle next big
thing is "fusion" technology, developed as the direct result of
Oracle's purchase of Siebel and Peoplesoft, and Oracle's need to
integrate these ERP offerings.
Oracle Fusion see widespread acceptance?
question is whether Oracle fusion technology will see widespread
usage. Oracle has incorporated fusion technology into the
stack for Oracle 10g Application Server, and they hope that
their fusion approach will be widely used.
Only a small
percentage of Oracle customers use Oracle Application Server,
and a smaller number have Oracle REP products such as Oracle
Applications, Siebel and Peoplesoft.
Inside Oracle Fusion Technology
is a middleware stack, and
Oracle states that Oracle Fusion has these features:
[Oracle Fusion is] a common technology middleware platform
across all of these different applications. Second, they can
use this middleware suite [Oracle Fusion] to integrate these
different applications with each other. And third, they can
use this middleware suite to extend the capabilities of
these applications to the enterprise."
But what is
"Oracle Fusion Middleware" exactly, and why will Oracle
customers use it? (BTW, the term "middleware" is a
registered trademark of
TechGnosis Inc). After all, Oracle customers have many
middleware options, and only a minority use Oracle Application
Server. Will Oracle Fusion change this?
Oracle Fusion for the Masses?
states the specific features of Oracle Fusion as using SOA (the
Service Oriented Architecture) and BPEL (Business Process
Execution Language) to create hot-pluggable components into
to Oracle's Viarengo, it is the web services support and
so-called 'hot-pluggable' nature of its SOA Suite and Fusion
Middleware that set it apart from rival middleware stacks.
importance of Fusion Middleware being hot pluggable is not
just nice marketing for us - we need it to be pluggable so
we can use it to underpin the integration of our acquired
application stacks [not least PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and
Siebel]," he says.
you can run the core components of our middleware on top of
other technologies - so you can run our business process
execution language [BPEL] server on top of JBoss, or BEA
WebLogic if you want to.""
The jury is
still out, and it remains to be seen whether Oracle Fusion will
gain widespread acceptance outside the small percentage of
Oracle customers who need Oracle Fusion to integrate Siebel,
Peoplesoft, J. D. Edwards and Oracle eBusiness suite.