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Oracle WebLogic Suite brings together unparalleled performance, scalability, and manageability in a single, unified application server offering.

Simultaneously meeting the compute demand of thousands while maintaining quality-of-service and manageability is at the heart of Oracle WebLogic Suite, the proliferation of access device types and high expectations for fast application response times are increasing the load on IT infrastructure. Oracle WebLogic Suite meets these demands with scale out data grids, dynamic system provisioning, and predictable performance.

Oracle WebLogic Suite - license - Named User Plus is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Provides a uniform technology platform between multiple application installations. Valuable FeaturesEase of scalability through both asymmetric and symmetric clustering; ease of integration with existing and potential future Oracle product technologies; leverages many industry-standard technologies for application support (JSON, REST, SOA, JavaBeans, J2EE); continues to evolve towards a fully-integrated solution designed to front-end enterprise applications, whether related to transactional websites, dynamic content management solutions, or acting as an intermediary service provider between other web/URI data sources.Improvements to My OrganizationProvides a uniform technology platform between multiple application installations, whether Enterprise Resource Planning ( /categories/erp ) or Customer Relationship Management ( /categories/crm ) (ERP ( /categories/erp )/CRM ( /categories/crm )) based systems, Imaging ingestion and integration, or document content management. Administration techniques are consistent with only minor UI changes between versions, providing relatively seamless upgrade integration for future deployments and upgrade of the web platform.Room for ImprovementCloning and replication (detailed below) could be much more flexible and standardized. WebLogic out-of-the-box installations are only templated and automated for Oracle-packaged applications. For independent installations, answering the myriad WebLogic setup parameters can be quite confusing as to what are the correct parameters, other than the defaults (some of which are not provided).Use of SolutionInstallations first went live in 1998 with version 9.x (originally packaged as BEA WebLogic through IBM) supporting Maximo ( /products/ibm-maximo ) (Enterprise Asset Mgt) and Cognos ( /products/ibm-cognos ) (BI ( /categories/business-intelligence-tools )) and have continued post-Oracle acquisition to support eBusiness Suite R12.2 and Oracle Enterprise Manager ( /products/oracle-enterprise-manager ) 13c.Deployment IssuesGenerally the only major concerns involve legacy Operating System support which has occurred over the years. Platform migrations have been planned ahead of each lifecycle change in order to mitigate application availability issues. Since the binaries between OSs are not compatible, we do have to exercise some level of re-implementation each time a platform (hardware or software) change forces such migration.Stability IssuesWebLogic tends to be extremely stable once appropriate memory and CPU requirements have been determined for a particular application under production load conditions. When given insufficient resources, like any web application platform, we have had our share of out-of-memory errors or exhausting a Java virtual machine's capacity.Scalability IssuesBeing extremely scalable is one of WebLogic's best features. If you anticipate dramatic upward changes in capacity, one of Oracle's Universal License Agreements might be the best approach as it decouples the CPU-based license costs from the costs to scale. In our case, we often use the same WebLogic servers for multiple applications to reduce overall licensing and maintenance costs. As long as the application is compatible with a particular version, they can co-reside (multi-tenant) on the same WebLogic cluster, keeping in mind that the additional CPU and memory resources need to be accommodated.Customer Service and Technical SupportCustomer Service:Service with Oracle tends to be directly related to your amount of new product purchasing. This can be a disadvantage to mature and stable installations that don't tend to expand much (i.e. don't expect weekly follow-up calls.) A significant improvement will be experienced by customers who adopt one of Oracle's emerging technology products (such as Cloud-based WebLogic Services) wherein the success of your implementation often becomes the next customer reference for Oracle. That doesn't last forever, but it's nice to experience during the often rocky start-up stages of new technologies.Technical Support:My Oracle Support takes a little getting used to for new customers used to more narrowly focused technology vendors. The vast number of different products Oracle supports has created a bit of a maze of how to get connected to the technology group best capable of answering a particular question, or dealing with an issue. For example, what starts as a "My application isn't available" issue might stem from access management, database, middleware technology, the application group, or because some third-party plugin failed causing a cascade failure. Oracle does attempt to support all of its products with alacrity, but it helps a lot for you, as the customer, to know how it all fits together. Your perception could range from 4 to 9/10 depending on your experience level with the products.Previous SolutionsWe use a half-dozen different application server technologies - which one is used depends more on application compatibility than choosing one specific one-size-fits-all solution. These include Microsoft IIS ( /products/iis ), LAMP (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP), InfoSphere, and many smaller vendors.Initial SetupOne major pre-installation question that catches you unaware is the question of a "standalone" versus "single node cluster" installation style selection. Single-node clusters can be scaled up and out. Standalone installations are single-node only, and would have to be re-installed to enable clustering. This is an old throwback to the original licensing model, and tends to be a source of odd frustration if you choose the wrong one inadvertently. Most of the modern upgrade releases are now out-of-place upgrades (meaning they install to new installation file system bases, and not overlaying an existing install). This change was designed to maximize uptime, but does mean you'll need the extra storage available to have the side-by-side software reside during the upgrade process.Implementation TeamThis depends on whether we have experience configuring the new application being hosted, or not. WebLogic by itself is simply an application hosting architecture. But most application deployments are not as simple as visiting an online store and clicking an Install button. WebLogic is not what I would recommend for quickly standing up a proof-of-concept beta application. But when architecting a solution for hundreds, thousands or millions of users, it's perfectly suited.ROIFor our installations, we've recovered our initial procurement costs within the first five years of operation, simply by re-using existing excess capacity to host additional applications. Once configured for production load, there is very minimal day-to-day administration required, and integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager ( /products/oracle-enterprise-manager ) monitoring allows full transparency to all processes and targets within the WebLogic technology stack.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingAs an application platform, you will need to carefully forecast your overall user and process load, and service-level agreements (SLA) in order to purchase an appropriate CPU count licensing, and host licensing for clustering, if needed. If your growth and capacity requirements aren't easily determined, you may want to consider Oracle's hosted Cloud options which have more of a capacity on-demand pricing model (especially the Public Cloud version.)Other Solutions ConsideredAs mentioned, we purchase based upon application-focus, and not for custom development. As a result, choice of application hosting technology is driven according to compatibility and certification, rather than technical feature sets.Other AdviceCloning and replication of WebLogic instances isn't exactly a rote science. Because the stacks become secured against the hosting environments, encapsulating and re-configuring a working installation into a new set of hosts (with differing names and IP addresses) involves several procedures to re-secure, re-encrypt and reinstate the software to hardware trust certificates. While this process is relatively encapsulated for WebLogic in eBusiness Suite, sometimes it's faster to simply re-install WebLogic on the new hosts, than attempting to re-configure from a backup from a different host set. This is differentiated from the process of scale-up or scaled-down of a cluster, which is a well-defined process by comparison (and automated as an Oracle Enterprise Manager ( /products/oracle-enterprise-manager ) provisioning process.) Once deployed, most change management involves the deployment of application services between instances, and not replication of the WebLogic environment itself.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Deployment, Reduces Rework but Expensive Valuable Features:One of the most valuable features of WebLogic is that deployment is an easy process. The code can be deployed on multiple instances without rework.Improvements to My Organization:With a huge number of servers for our application, manual deployment would be an extremely tedious, error prone and time- (hence money-) consuming process. WebLogic has assisted us in this aspect.Room for Improvement:The initial setup and administration does require expertise. While bigger organizations can afford to have dedicated horizontal teams, I assume smaller organizations may not be able to afford this. The default setup should include more features such as more scripts and more users with different privileges,. which could resolve this issue.Use of Solution:I have used this solution for over four and a half years.Stability Issues:I did not encounter any issues with stability.Scalability Issues:I did not encounter any issues with scalability either.Previous Solutions:WebLogic was our first choice.Initial Setup:We did not require vendor support. Setup was done by my team and me.Cost and Licensing Advice:Licensing is expensive but it is worth the cost. If you are going to utilize all its features, then you should go for it. If you do not have enough budget, you could choose for other freeware options and use automation ad orchestration tools instead. This will surely have an impact on stability in the initial phases of implementation.Other Solutions Considered:Although, I was not working while choosing it, WebLogic has been the first choice for organization. However, now after many years we are evaluating to look for other freeware options.Other Advice:You need to consider the licensing and upgrade costs. In addition, it will help to have a dedicated administration team.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the features that it provides is the ability to build robust applications that can support many simultaneous transactions. Valuable Features:WebLogic is and has always been a leading application development platform even going back to the BEA days, so some of the great features that WebLogic provides is scalability, the ability to build very robust applications that can support many simultaneous transactions, many users and the ironclad and robust enough to be enterprise level as well as user facing for the broader public community.Some of the application features that are out there are the ability to build rich applications using frameworks on WebLogic such as Oracle Application Development Framework or Oracle Mobile Framework or whatever the case may be but a lot of these are very feature rich plugins into WebLogic in order to develop and build user facing applications.Improvements to My Organization:A lot of times customers really have to consider 'do I want to use a solution like WebLogic or do I want to look at an opensource solution and what kind of app server container do I want to begin to look at.' Some of the great features that we see with WebLogic is obviously it's coming from an Oracle brand so you're going to have a lot of good support when it comes to that.That could be product support when there's issues, implementation support or whatever the case may be. We always know that Oracle is going to be putting out a lot of new features and stay in somewhat close to where the industry is going as far as getting their features out the door. Some of the other great features in addition to application development is doing content management because obviously in the Oracle WebCenter Suite which is part of the Oracle WebLogic Suite you can begin to do things like building portals, building contact management, building collaborative integrations to social and cloud and whatever the case may be.Room for Improvement:Probably some greater ability to support API management and some greater ability to do things like supporting Node.js. Obviously they have some of that already in there but just basically getting some additional programming languages so that you can build some application consumption patterns a lot easier. Maybe the ability to create more lightweight containers so you don't have to always create a very heavy WebLogic instance. We've seen WebLogic in the cloud and it works but obviously some more investments into that. The ability to work on Amazon EC2 to be able to scale up provision, de-provision on virtual cores within the Amazon environment and be able to do that quickly and seamlessly for customers. We'd like to see some more features in the future around that.Scalability Issues:WebLogic is a really robust platform for scalability. They have a lot of features in it around clustering, disaster recovery, elasticity to be able to provision and de-provision instances of WebLogic pretty quickly. We feel scalability is actually one of the sweet spots for WebLogic, the ability to ramp up for concurrent transactions, concurrent users and so forth. We've done a lot of performance testing on it. We've ramped it up through some of our performance testing tools and seen really good results. The key is to be able to maintain a good solid level of performance even though the number of users is increasing or the number of concurrent transaction is increasing and we've seen really good metrics come out of WebLogic. Still the ability to do things like supporting ten seconds or less transactions or click times for end-users and that's really the key is can this still have the same level of performance as you're increasing the volume in the load?Technical Support:Some of that comes from experience because obviously we've done a lot of implementations. We've had to do things such as open support tickets, call in to support, it can obviously range from low priority to high priority production downtime systems. If you're not an Oracle customer and you haven't had that experience yet, you can actually ask one of the Oracle partner such as us what's been your experiences of support.We do things as well where if Oracle support isn't moving fast enough for a particular issue, we'll actually sometimes provide that level of support to a customer as well. It's not to replace Oracle support by any means but certainly, it's an ability to support the customer and their applications but Oracle being a very large company, they do a lot of R&D investment in the support so we've seen pretty good results from that. Sometimes folks are always concerned that the person working on their support ticket doesn't have the knowledge. We've noticed Oracle has done a pretty good job at doing escalations from their Tier One support to their Tier Two and Tier Three in order to get the software engineers working on patches or fixes and so forth.Overall, the support has been pretty good. If you've been an Oracle customer in the past, you would expect the same level of support but if you haven't had that chance, then you would try to ask some questions, do some references with other Oracle customers, talk to their partner community and so forth in order to do that level of evaluation.Other Solutions Considered:Information to consider when choosing a vendor:Scalability, capacity planning and growth. Can the infrastructure support what the customer's needs are? Can they create applications faster? Is this a framework or a tool or a product set that will make our customers, our IT engineers work faster and more efficient?Secondarily is do they have robust scalable things like enterprise logging. Is their enterprise logging sufficient so that customers can have full auditing and traceability of all their run time transactions. Analytics is always important as well. Version control and continuous integration and DevOps, the ability to support these features are very important now to today's customers.If a customer has a couple of hundred instances of WebLogic, how quickly can they support those environments whether they're cloud or on-prem, the customer needs to be efficient. The ability to be able to support environments very quickly is a key criteria as well.Other Advice:I don't give anyone a ten but from an app server perspective, WebLogic is definitely going to be a 9 to a 9.5 because they've been in my opinion one of the leading app servers on the market today. They've been around for so long, they're proven. I shouldn't say all but a great majority of all the Fortune 2000 have either worked with WebLogic in the past. Because they have such a large footprint, such a large adoption path, they've got dedicated teams, product engineers that are working on a lot of great features. A lot of customers have been very pleased with WebLogic.The only improvements we'd like to see is a little bit more enablement on the cloud stuff because obviously like we said, WebLogic works in the cloud but we'd like to see things like enablement in the Amazon EC2 cloud where a lot of customers are working very heavily in those environments.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. The reviewer's company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We're partners.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review about WebLogic Suite Valuable Features:servletDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Review about WebLogic Suite Valuable Features:that it worksRoom for Improvement:patching is crazy. three separate products requiring individual attention and patching for oracle forms to workUse of Solution:5yearsDeployment Issues:continualScalability Issues:n/aCustomer Service:3Technical Support:3Previous Solutions:noInitial Setup:complex. cannot install with the latest version of javaOther Advice:just don't do itDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We get to host all of our HFM web apps, business users can log on and it runs seamlessly. Valuable Features:The most valuable feature of WebLogic for me is that we can host all our web apps on it, HFM mainly.Improvements to My Organization:It's been great overall. We get to host all of our HFM web apps on there, all the business users can log on, and it runs seamlessly. It suits our business needs pretty well.Room for Improvement:When you run the WebLogic admin console, it takes a few minutes to come up. Having the admin console come up a little quicker would be an improvement.Stability Issues:It's definitely stable. We have weekly reboots, and it seems to come up after the weekly reboot. We have no problems with stability.Scalability Issues:It is scaled to our needs and there have been no issues. We just run a fresh install and the WebLogic sites come right up.Initial Setup:The initial setup was relatively straightforward. Basically, it’s a couple check boxes, a few nexts and then a couple configuration items and connection strings. An amateur computer user could go through it and use it straight away.Other Advice:Before you configure anything for Oracle, make sure you start the WebLogic admin console on the primary web servers.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the features that it provides is the ability to build robust applications that can support many simultaneous transactions. Valuable Features:WebLogic is and has always been a leading application development platform even going back to the BEA days, so some of the great features that WebLogic provides is scalability, the ability to build very robust applications that can support many simultaneous transactions, many users and the ironclad and robust enough to be enterprise level as well as user facing for the broader public community.Some of the application features that are out there are the ability to build rich applications using frameworks on WebLogic such as Oracle Application Development Framework or Oracle Mobile Framework or whatever the case may be but a lot of these are very feature rich plugins into WebLogic in order to develop and build user facing applications.Improvements to My Organization:A lot of times customers really have to consider 'do I want to use a solution like WebLogic or do I want to look at an opensource solution and what kind of app server container do I want to begin to look at.' Some of the great features that we see with WebLogic is obviously it's coming from an Oracle brand so you're going to have a lot of good support when it comes to that.That could be product support when there's issues, implementation support or whatever the case may be. We always know that Oracle is going to be putting out a lot of new features and stay in somewhat close to where the industry is going as far as getting their features out the door. Some of the other great features in addition to application development is doing content management because obviously in the Oracle WebCenter Suite which is part of the Oracle WebLogic Suite you can begin to do things like building portals, building contact management, building collaborative integrations to social and cloud and whatever the case may be.Room for Improvement:Probably some greater ability to support API management and some greater ability to do things like supporting Node.js. Obviously they have some of that already in there but just basically getting some additional programming languages so that you can build some application consumption patterns a lot easier. Maybe the ability to create more lightweight containers so you don't have to always create a very heavy WebLogic instance. We've seen WebLogic in the cloud and it works but obviously some more investments into that. The ability to work on Amazon EC2 to be able to scale up provision, de-provision on virtual cores within the Amazon environment and be able to do that quickly and seamlessly for customers. We'd like to see some more features in the future around that.Scalability Issues:WebLogic is a really robust platform for scalability. They have a lot of features in it around clustering, disaster recovery, elasticity to be able to provision and de-provision instances of WebLogic pretty quickly. We feel scalability is actually one of the sweet spots for WebLogic, the ability to ramp up for concurrent transactions, concurrent users and so forth. We've done a lot of performance testing on it. We've ramped it up through some of our performance testing tools and seen really good results. The key is to be able to maintain a good solid level of performance even though the number of users is increasing or the number of concurrent transaction is increasing and we've seen really good metrics come out of WebLogic. Still the ability to do things like supporting ten seconds or less transactions or click times for end-users and that's really the key is can this still have the same level of performance as you're increasing the volume in the load?Technical Support:Some of that comes from experience because obviously we've done a lot of implementations. We've had to do things such as open support tickets, call in to support, it can obviously range from low priority to high priority production downtime systems. If you're not an Oracle customer and you haven't had that experience yet, you can actually ask one of the Oracle partner such as us what's been your experiences of support.We do things as well where if Oracle support isn't moving fast enough for a particular issue, we'll actually sometimes provide that level of support to a customer as well. It's not to replace Oracle support by any means but certainly, it's an ability to support the customer and their applications but Oracle being a very large company, they do a lot of R&D investment in the support so we've seen pretty good results from that. Sometimes folks are always concerned that the person working on their support ticket doesn't have the knowledge. We've noticed Oracle has done a pretty good job at doing escalations from their Tier One support to their Tier Two and Tier Three in order to get the software engineers working on patches or fixes and so forth.Overall, the support has been pretty good. If you've been an Oracle customer in the past, you would expect the same level of support but if you haven't had that chance, then you would try to ask some questions, do some references with other Oracle customers, talk to their partner community and so forth in order to do that level of evaluation.Other Solutions Considered:Information to consider when choosing a vendor:Scalability, capacity planning and growth. Can the infrastructure support what the customer's needs are? Can they create applications faster? Is this a framework or a tool or a product set that will make our customers, our IT engineers work faster and more efficient?Secondarily is do they have robust scalable things like enterprise logging. Is their enterprise logging sufficient so that customers can have full auditing and traceability of all their run time transactions. Analytics is always important as well. Version control and continuous integration and DevOps, the ability to support these features are very important now to today's customers.If a customer has a couple of hundred instances of WebLogic, how quickly can they support those environments whether they're cloud or on-prem, the customer needs to be efficient. The ability to be able to support environments very quickly is a key criteria as well.Other Advice:I don't give anyone a ten but from an app server perspective, WebLogic is definitely going to be a 9 to a 9.5 because they've been in my opinion one of the leading app servers on the market today. They've been around for so long, they're proven. I shouldn't say all but a great majority of all the Fortune 2000 have either worked with WebLogic in the past. Because they have such a large footprint, such a large adoption path, they've got dedicated teams, product engineers that are working on a lot of great features. A lot of customers have been very pleased with WebLogic.The only improvements we'd like to see is a little bit more enablement on the cloud stuff because obviously like we said, WebLogic works in the cloud but we'd like to see things like enablement in the Amazon EC2 cloud where a lot of customers are working very heavily in those environments.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. The reviewer's company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We're partners.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The most valuable features are that it's easily deployable and easily scalable. Valuable Features:The most valuable features are that it's easily deployable and easily scalable. It'll shrink and can grow as much as you want. Those are the benefits, but when compared to other products, such open-source Tomcat, we've considered moving from WebLogic to Tomcat because WebLogic is very expensive.Improvements to My Organization:It's scalable for the company and easily deployable. The GUI and integration with SSO is more beneficial than other available options.Room for Improvement:It's definitely a complex solution. It throws at least a million lines of errors just for one password. You can get a small issue that could potentially generate about a thousand of lines with warnings, and those warnings might mean nothing. It will just pop up warnings, so you'd have alerts for nothing. It's not that easy from the admin perspective if you're not really familiar with what you're getting into. It's not 100% GUI, so that you need to know lots and lots of configuration files.Deployment Issues:We've had no issues with deployment. In fact, it deploys very easily.Stability Issues:WebLogic is not a light product. Java uses the whole memory of the server so it's a memory hog.Scalability Issues:We've had no issues with scaling it for our needs.Initial Setup:The initial setup was easy and pretty straightforward.Implementation Team:We did the implementation ourselves with our in-house team.Cost and Licensing Advice:It's quite expensive.Other Solutions Considered:If it were like Tomcat, configuring .xml files would take care of some things, but there's not a particular main .xml file available with WebLogic. In fact, there are so many important .xml files that are needed for WebLogic.Other Advice:It's highly expensive and there are other much, much better products out for the cost of peanuts.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-05-18
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