In this chapter, we provided a snapshot of some of the important aspects of Oracle SOA Suite 11g administration and the capabilities that can be leveraged to effectively manage and monitor the SOA infrastructure.
To summarize this chapter's key takeaways:
One of the main challenges of monitoring an SOA infrastructure is the need to obtain an end-to-end view of loosely coupled services that may span multiple disparate systems.
Oracle SOA Suite 11g is a complete, integrated, best-of-breed, and hot-pluggable product set that helps to deliver robust, agile, and reliable SOA solutions.
Oracle SOA Suite 11g is 100 percent standards-based, and can run on any number of J2EE application servers (for example, WebLogic Server, WebSphere, and JBoss) and certified database management systems (for example, Oracle database, DB2, and SQL Server).
Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control allows you to both manage and monitor all components and services within the Oracle SOA Suite 11g stack, from a single web-based console.
OPMN, DMS, and ODL are internal services used to automatically gather and aggregate metrics that are ultimately reported by Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control.
Deployment of SOA code is often one of the more challenging activities an administrator faces, but through the use of configuration plans and out-of-the-box ant scripts shipped with Oracle SOA Suite 11g, this task is finally made easier.
Oracle SOA Suite 11g has been designed to allow easy integration with continuous integration tools and engines by provisioning out-of-the-box build, deploy, and management scripts.
Oracle SOA Suite 11g provides the ability to move test to production environments easily, without the need to rely on external or third-party tools. Administrators no longer have to reapply configurations or customizations when building higher up environments.
Chapter 2, Management of SOA Composite Applications, dives deeper into the management aspects of Oracle SOA Suite 11g that were briefly touched upon here:
Focusing on managing composites
Leveraging ant for automated deployments
Promoting code by using Oracle SOA Suite 11g's new configuration plan feature
Delving into a comprehensive discussion on audit levels