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This week, San Francisco, for all intents and purposes, has been an occupied city this week, with major streets blockaded, major venues seized, and every spare inch of hotel space vanquished. Yes, it's Oracle OpenWorld week, and the vendor, now a gigantic snowball of acquired companies, rolled into town.

Lots of stuff going on with middleware, and our colleague Jack Vaughan also has also been at the concurrent JavaOne event, making astute observations on developments coming out of the show.

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison opened the confab with details on the Exalogic Elastic Cloud. The system, built on 360 64-bit x86 processor cores, is interconnected with an InfiniBand-based I/O fabric and solid-state storage with Oracle WebLogic Server, other enterprise Java Oracle middleware products and a choice of Oracle Solaris or Oracle Linux operating system software.

Oracle also launched its line of Fusion apps, all built on service-oriented architecture, and designed to give all of those acquired PeopleSoft, Siebel and J.D. Edwards customers an upgrade path. For a nice blow-by-blow analysis of the Fusion announcement, check out Sadagopan's analysis here at the Enterprise Irregulars site.

And related to this, Hasan Rizvi , senior VP of product development for Oracle, provided an update on Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, stating that more than 14,000 new customers have moved to the platform, along with a third of the existing Oracle Fusion Middleware customers. Rizvi also reported that Oracle Fusion Middleware has been downloaded more than 250,000 times and represents more than 10,820 person years of engineering, 16 million hours of quality assurance and testing, and 18,420 customer-driven enhancements.

Jack Vaughan observes that the concurrent JavaOne conference is the first since Oracle closed its purchase of Sun for $7.4 billion. He quotes Oracle EVP Thomas Kurian, who pledged to roll out new versions of the very same Java Developer Kit. OpenJDK releases, still adhering to the original Sun Microsystems' defined licensing model, will serve as the basis for Oracle JDK 7 and JDK 8, due in 2011 and 2012.

Jack also explored the hardware-software synergy that seems to be evolving between Oracle's new hardware assets and its Java base. "Oracle's purchase of Sun is shaping up as a sea change for the company led by yachtsman Larry Ellison. Center stage at Oracle World was the ExaLogic cloud in a box -- a "Middleware Machine" if you will. The Java people must be wondering what the future holds, Jack opines.



In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more

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