Deploying OIC – Definitive Tip #9 By Phil Wilkins

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When ICS was launched it delivered on of the values of PaaS namely you didn’t need to worry about setting up storage, database and compute, it was all sorted out for you. Admittedly it come with a lack of elasticity when it came to resilience and scaling. In contrast Services such as SOA CS which required you to go through each of the layers, but gave you a degree of flexibility. The whilst simpler than building SOA on-premises it still represents a laborious and fiddly process that took time.

When OIC (Oracle Integration Cloud) arrived and the introduction Universal Credits we had a pricing model that made it a lot easier to be elastic in terms of approach to resourcing, but a deployment model that following SOA CS rather than ICS. To an extend, one step forward, and another back.

Fortunately we are seeing head way that means we have recovered that backward step. This recovery comes in the form of Oracle Cloud Stack (CSM for short and sometimes referred to as PSM or PaaS Stack Manager). I’m not sure that Cloud Stack has garnered the attention it perhaps deserves. So let’s quickly look at what it does. In simple terms it provides an environment build automation capability. Cloud Stack takes a YAML (Yet Another Markup Language – rather appropriate name given the broad range of notations we find for describing Oracle product configuration) and uses it to then build an environment. The great thing about it is that you provide all the configuration (or script it) and describe the component dependency chain. The dependency chain ultimately forms part of the YAML file, but Cloud Stack includes a web interface which means configuration including defining dependencies can be done visually (as illustrated). For example a database is needed for JCS to support ADF, so you can create additional storage, then define the DB followed by JCS itself. The YAML file can accommodate the description of dependencies so it can create each component in the order needed. The composition of components in the YAML file are considered to be a Stack – hence the name. Read the complete article here.

 

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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