Oracle will unveil a major chunk of Fusion Middleware 11g, the foundation for its next-generation Fusion Applications, on Wednesday.
The vendor is delivering updates to four components of the sprawling middleware portfolio: Oracle SOA Suite, its framework for service-oriented architecture, the WebCenter portal and collaboration suite; Oracle Identity Management; and WebLogic Suite, which includes the application server acquired through Oracle's acquisition of BEA Systems.
Other middleware products, such as for content management, will make their 11g debuts later this year, according to Hasan Rizvi, senior vice president of Fusion Middleware products. Meanwhile, JDeveloper 11g, Oracle's programming toolkit, was released last year.
In announcing the latest 11g products, Oracle is sticking to its long-time middleware marketing message, which stresses the value of an integrated suite but also the value of open standards and the ability to work well in heterogeneous environments.
Overall, the releases have been years in the making. Some 13 million hours of automated testing and 7,350 "person years" of development have gone into the process, according to Oracle.
More than anything, integration seems to be the strongest theme of Oracle's announcement. Middleware family members now have integrated customization, metadata management and security, and work has been done to improve connections with Oracle's own applications, Rizvi said.
In addition, the products Oracle acquired from BEA have now been "completely" integrated, according to Oracle.
Although it has worked to make the process easy, Oracle is not going to rush 10g middleware customers to upgrade, according to Rizvi. ""It's really the customer's call," he said. "[But] we believe, for multiple reasons, that the 11g products are ready for prime time today."