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Oracle SOA Suite 11g Administrator's Handbook

By : Arun Pareek, Ahmed Aboulnaga
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Oracle SOA Suite 11g Administrator's Handbook

By: Arun Pareek, Ahmed Aboulnaga

Overview of this book

Oracle SOA Suite 11g is the backbone of messaging and application integration in a service-oriented architecture. An application administrator is responsible for an end-to-end administration and management of the infrastructure. Understanding the underlying components, services, and configuration and their relations to each other is necessary to effectively administer the Oracle SOA Suite 11g environment. Due to its sheer size, administering Oracle SOA Suite 11g is a daunting task.This book provides detailed explanations of all the core administrative and management activities around Oracle SOA Suite. It includes compact information for end-to-end administration of Oracle SOA Suite 11g. It delves into advanced topics such as silent installs, cloning, backup and recovery and high availability installations.Using this book, you will be able to administer and secure your Oracle SOA Suite services and applications. You will follow examples that you can use in your everyday life as a SOA Suite administrator. The book begins with managing composite applications, their deployments and lifecycles and then moves on to monitoring instances, service engines, Weblogic Server and composite applications. With a detailed coverage of topics like the administration of individual service components as well as configuring MBeans using both Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control and WLST-based scripts, you will be equipped to work with any services and applications.Towards the end, you will be taken through identifying faults & exceptions, troubleshooting approaches, and securing various components.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Oracle SOA Suite 11g Administrator's Handbook
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Chapter 1. SOA Infrastructure Management: What you Need to Know

Today every organization is facing the need to predict changes in the global business environment, to rapidly respond to competitors, and to best exploit organizational assets to prepare for growth. Your enterprise application infrastructure can either help you meet these business imperatives or it can impede your ability to adapt to change.

To proactively respond to these challenges and dynamics of change, major companies worldwide are adopting Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) as a means of delivering on these requirements. The adoption of SOA and Business Process Management (BPM) methodologies is helping them overcome the complexity of their application and IT environments, and also aligning IT and business together. SOA represents a fundamental shift in the way new applications are designed, developed, and integrated with legacy business applications, and facilitates the development of enterprise applications as modular business services that can be easily integrated and reused.

Oracle SOA Suite 11g is a comprehensive suite of products that includes BPEL Process Modeler, Business Rules Editor, Mediator, Web Services Manager, and Business Process Manager, all designed to help build, deploy, and manage SOA and BPM-based implementations. For the full list of Oracle SOA Suite 11g components, have a look at The deployment of the Oracle SOA Suite 11g platform within the enterprise is accelerated by the continued alignment of business and IT as a result of the rapid adoption of Service Oriented and Event Driven Architectures and Business Process Management.

While businesses strive to be more agile and dynamic, the need for administration, management, and monitoring of the underlying SOA infrastructure is essential. These are particularly important for the following reasons:

  • An essential aspect of any successful SOA deployment is the ability to continuously monitor mission-critical services, business processes, events, and service levels in real time to immediately identify problems and take corrective action.

  • SOA infrastructure monitoring provides visibility into the performance of each individual service transaction across distributed and heterogeneous systems. With this end-to-end visibility, problems could be spotted quickly and corrected to ensure reliable operations.

  • The SOA infrastructure is also expected to enforce policies for runtime governance.

  • The ability to easily and efficiently automate deployments is equally important as it enables the administrator to rapidly respond to continuous code changes.

  • Proper management of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) is required by defining, tracking, and controlling appropriate service levels. It also provides a necessary alert mechanism in the event of an SLA violation.

In this chapter, we will provide an overview of Oracle SOA Suite 11g monitoring and management, which ultimately serves as a prelude for the remainder of this book. Here, we will introduce various topics ranging from centralized monitoring and code deployment to performance tuning and scaling the infrastructure. This book describes each of these areas and more, in varying degrees of detail, to arm you with the necessary background and understanding, as well as detailed instructions on how to perform key administrative tasks within the Oracle SOA Suite 11g product stack. In this chapter, we will introduce the following:

  • Overcoming monitoring and management challenges in SOA

  • Monitoring the SOA platform—centralized management and monitoring

  • Oracle SOA Suite 11g Infrastructure Stack

  • Performance monitoring and management

  • Managing composite application lifecycles

  • Cloning domains from test to production

  • Introducing Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control