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Oracle WebLogic loses guest OS

Oracle has unveiled software tools to help IT departments to implement virtualised IT infrastructures.

The Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder is designed...

Oracle has unveiled software tools to help IT departments to implement virtualised IT infrastructures.

The Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder is designed to help businesses to deploy multi-tier enterprise applications in virtualised environments by allowing administrators to configure and provision applications rapidly, Oracle said.

It offers a framework for automatically capturing the configuration of existing software components and packaging them as self-contained building blocks known as appliances.

"Enterprise applications are often a composite of many different entities distributed across different machines," said Adam Messinger, vice-president of development, Oracle.

"To simplify and speed virtualised deployments, Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder can take a snapshot of distributed applications and package them into an assembly that can be easily reused. This helps organisations to quickly scale and also reduces potential deployment risk by enabling administrators to leverage and re-deploy proven configurations."

The second new product supports Oracle's WebLogic application server. The Oracle WebLogic Suite Virtualisation Option brings together Oracle WebLogic Server with JRockit Virtual Edition.

Oracle said the product has been optimised for virtualised environments and is able to deliver higher application performance and increased hardware utilisation.

Thanks to JRockit, Oracle said WebLogic Server is able to run directly on Oracle VM without an operating system.

Cern OpenLabs is one of the organisations using WebLogic with JRockit. Carlos Garcia Fernandez, an engineer in Cern's Database Group, said the combination of the two products simplifies the maintenance of middleware. Since it does not require an operating system, he pointed out that the two products also provide cost-effective scalability.

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