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Oracle has launched a new set of cloud services for container-based application development, popular in DevOps environments, initially supporting Java SE, Node.JS, and later PHP, Python, Ruby, and complementary database technologies RDMS and NoSQL. Support for other programming languages are also expected to be added. These offerings sit on top of Oracle Cloud Platform comprising Integrated PaaS Developer Foundation (IPDF) and IaaS. IPDF offers services such as identity management, API catalog, continuous integration and delivery, and collaboration. These new offerings offer developers an entry into enterprise-level microservices development with the ease of connecting to Oracle back-end systems as well as other systems.

Oracle is supporting new lightweight, stateless applications

Microservices-based applications will become more common as organizations adopt agile and DevOps styles of delivering software applications. Vendors are positioning themselves for this new wave in IT, and this is part of Oracle’s approach to the new software architecture.

The first part of the new launch is to support Java SE and Node.JS, and is aimed at the broader market rather than just the Oracle installed base. Oracle is aiming for developers to be able to bring their microcontainers, such as Docker, and plug them in to this new Oracle runtime environment, as well as to support microservice frameworks such as Spring Boot and Dropwizard. As part of this stack, Oracle Developer Cloud Service offers full continuous integration and delivery services to support DevOps environments. Developers can get a taste for these new services with free trials.

The Application Container Cloud services let applications run on Oracle Linux in Docker containers, with the user selecting the amount of RAM per application and the usage charged in GB hours. The Docker environment is not exposed, however. On the Oracle cloud, the Oracle services have patches directly provided to the service from Oracle, unlike when running Oracle services on public clouds, where the end user has to administer patching.

All Oracle JDK users now have access to Java Flight Recorder, a profiling and event-collection framework that provides low-level information about how the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and the Java application are behaving. This data collection will feed into an application performance management cloud service with log analytics capability.

For Java developers that wish to build modern microservice and container-based applications, the Oracle Application Container Cloud should be evaluated.



Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst, Ovum Infrastructure Solutions Group

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