Already 4 months ago I attended the PaaSForum 2019 in Mallorca. As every year it was great to meet members of the big EMEA Oracle Partner family.
And of course a lot of interesting talks and workshops. This year I was especially interested in announcements around SOA Suite and Project Helidon as a Microservice framework. But certainly also Weblogic under Kubernetes.
And actually, to me, the Kubernetes Weblogic Operator that was this years most enthusing subject.
With his WebLogic on Kubernetes talk Maciej Gruszka, Director Product Management, enlightened the future Oracle envisions for WebLogic. He started with stating that ‘Weblogic is not dead!’. Well, he got me with that already!
The road ahead is making WebLogic fit to run in Docker and managed by Kubernetes. It might not be exactly what I had in mind, but it is certainly great news to learn that WebLogic will be around and alive for a future ahead. Oracle thrives to make future releases of Weblogic available as Docker images.
Today already, WebLogic is fully supported to run in a Docker container. And according to Marciej, the team is busy with the SOA and OSB teams to get those products fit and available for Docker too. It might even be possible that future releases are going to be delivered as a Docker image.
What is the Weblogic Operator?
To run in a Kubernetes managed cluster, Kubernetes needs to be able to perform lifecycle operation on a Weblogic Managed server. For that the Weblogic Operator for Kubernetes is created and introduced. A Kubernetes Operator is a sort of Adapter on top of a non-Kubernetes system that translates Kubernetes lifecycle commands to operations within the specific application. Read the complete article here.
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