IBM and Oracle have begun working together to allow users to run WebSphere for applications based on Project Fusion, Oracle’s next-generation enterprise application platform.
Oracle’s overall plan is to make Fusion an open platform for building composite applications. Supporting industry standards is regarded as an important step in making Fusion more open.
Charles Phillips, president of Oracle, said, “The idea of orchestrating services together cannot be done unless we have standard interfaces for these services.”
He said that while Oracle would regard Fusion as the preferred middleware platform for building composite applications, users should be able to slot in their own choice of middleware if they wished.
Phillips said the company had solved the middleware issue by using the JSR168 standard.
JSR168 is a Java application programming interface for defining how application components known as portlets can be aggregated to create a composite application. This is the basis of the IBM and Oracle project to allow WebSphere to support Project Fusion.
Through the collaboration, users will be able to deploy IBM WebSphere as an application server environment for applications based on Project Fusion.
Phillips said the two companies began discussion two weeks ago and had begun working together to assess which areas of cooperation were technically feasible.
JSR168 support is already possible in some Oracle applications. With JD Edwards applications, portlets can run within the IBM WebSphere portal.
Through the collaboration, the two companies will extend this support to PeopleSoft Enterprise and Oracle E-Business Suite applications as well. Additionally, WebSphere and Tivoli identity management would be available, the two companies said, to support single sign-on and directories.