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Optimizing Oracle Applications: WebLogic Server

Author: Mahesh Vanapalli | | March 7, 2019

In order to provide the best customer experience, businesses need to make user interactions and transactions as straightforward and effortless as possible. Behind this simplicity, however, lies a great deal of technical complexity and intricate business logic.

Oracle’s WebLogic Server plays a vital role in developing and deploying enterprise Java web applications, improving their availability, scalability, and security. So how can you make sure that your organization is using WebLogic Server to its maximum effectiveness?

Benefits of WebLogic Server

Oracle’s WebLogic Server is an application server for hosting highly transactional Java applications. WebLogic Server serves as “middleware” between a front-end web interface and the back-end database that stores the information that is served up to the user.

The software is well-adapted to working with the latest, greatest hardware architectures, offering businesses the high-quality performance they need to reduce their infrastructure costs and better serve their customers.

Common Issues with WebLogic Server

Because it’s used by thousands of companies in vital industries such as healthcare, government, and finance, WebLogic is highly sensitive to performance issues and crashes.

Oracle maintains a dedicated web page for known errors and problems associated with WebLogic Server, from problems with Java to security issues.

Organizations often seek to deal with these issues and optimize WebLogic by extending a WebLogic domain, which is a unit that includes one or more instances of WebLogic Server. By extending a WebLogic domain, you can improve the performance of your old applications and accommodate new ones as well. WebLogic domain extensions give you the flexibility and scalability you need to grow and adapt as a business.

There are few more optimization techniques you can also use, particularly Datavail’s 5S methodology. Learn from the companies we’ve worked with in the following case studies.

Optimizing WebLogic Server: Case Studies

Purging OSB Data

The Problem
One of Datavail’s customers was running EBS R12.2, integrated with SOA applications. OSB reporting data was a particularly large challenge.

The Solution
Datavail helped to provide an optimal purge process for OSB reporting tables.

The Results
This helped the Admin and OSB servers scan less data during startup and enabled faster start/shutdown. Overall, it has kept the SOA database size in control.

Memory Issues

The Problem
The customer had poor memory configuration for the Node manager and Admin Server.

The Solution
Datavail’s team worked with their IT department to find the optimal configuration to avoid out-of-memory issues in WebLogic.

The Results
The EM console now works faster with the new memory configuration.

Shrinking LOB Data for SOA

The Problem
Another customer had their LOB associated with SOA services they had outgrown.

The Solution
Datavail assessed the situation and provided a process to shrink LOBs via secure files. We then helped to set up a monthly process to continually shrink outgrown SOA LOBS.

The Results
The customer now experiences greater efficiency and regular mitigation for LOBs.

Upgrade WebLogic Component of EBS R12.2

The Problem
Several customers had issues where AD-TXK components were upgraded while running an old version of WebLogic. This created issues during patching and ETCC runs, creating memory and performance issues for all managed servers.

The Solution
Datavail prepped their systems and completed a WebLogic upgrade to the latest version. In addition, we set up a process to check ETCC patches at least every quarter and apply them across all components.

The Results
This proactive work now keeps the system continually up-to-date.

Final Thoughts

As an Oracle Platinum Partner, Datavail has a best-in-class team of WebLogic experts who can help you extract the most value from the software. What’s more, the potential ways to optimize your Oracle deployment stretch well beyond WebLogic. Find out more by downloading our white paper “Feeding the Beast: How to Extend the Value of Your Oracle Applications.”

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