New architecture and 'hot pluggable' middleware unveiled at Oracle OpenWorld
Oracle has unveiled details of its Project Fusion strategy to link together its enterprise applications with those acquired in its takeover of PeopleSoft, Retek and the Siebel deal, which was announced earlier this month.
The company has been on a multi-billion-pound buying spree with the acquisition of PeopleSoft, Retek and the forthcoming Siebel deal.
Addressing 36,000 delegates at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco last week, Oracle president Charles Phillips said these acquisitions meant Oracle would offer best of applications for ERP, HR and with Siebel, CRM.
The company said it would make its product portfolio work together seamlessly through the creation of Oracle Fusion Architecture. This will be based on a service-oriented architecture approach using open standards and a model-driven approach to building composite applications.
Phillips said, "Oracle Fusion Architecture will be the reference architecture on which we will build all our applications going forward."
Fusion replaces the previous architecture, the Oracle Information Architecture.
Oracle has formed a Fusion Strategy Council to elicit user feedback on the architecture. One of the outcomes of this has been a change in policy to provide a migration to Fusion for users of PeopleSoft 8.8.
Oracle had originally planned to offer migration for users of PeopleSoft 8.9, but found users who had recently moved to this newer version were unhappy migrating again, said Phillips.
Along with the Fusion architecture, Oracle also unveiled an improved version of the Oracle Fusion middleware platform, Oracle Application Server 10g Release 3.
Phillips said Oracle had 26,000 users of its middleware platform.
The new release is focused on the concept of "hot pluggable", allowing users to employ alternative middleware components instead of Oracle products.
Tod Nielsen, senior vice-president at Oracle, said, "The message to customers is, don't get locked in. You should require your middleware components to be modular and interoperable across heterogeneous enterprise IT environments."
Due out next year, the new version will be certified to support more than 128 products, including Microsoft .net, IBM WebSphere and MQ Series, Cisco Local Director and Checkpoint firewalls.
Oracle Fusion Architecture
- Oracle Grid Infrastructure
Oracle 10g Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware in a grid configuration monitored by Oracle Enterprise Manager.
- Oracle Fusion Service Registry
Based on Oracle E-Business Suite web services registry, this defines all the Oracle applications web services, the integration interfaces for third-party web services, and meta-data services that are specific to each customer deployment.
- Oracle Fusion Service Bus
The runtime environment for application services.
- Business Process Orchestration
The tools to monitor and manage technology components at the business process level.
- Business Intelligence and Business Activity Monitoring
Based on business intelligence delivered from Oracle Applications and BI tools (ie Oracle Discoverer) as well as Oracle Fusion Middleware BAM technology.
- Unified Portal
Provides personalised collaborative portals, based on Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g and Oracle Portal.