Blogger: Anne Thomas Manes
Oracle just briefed the world on its product roadmap and the integration of its BEA products. The good news is that there were no surprises. It's nice to know that adults are piloting the ship and making rational decisions.
UPDATE: Oracle has posted the briefing slides.
Oracle will maintain the WebLogic brand name. Oracle will release rebranded versions of the BEA products within 100 days. It will deliver converged products over time.
Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) will be the strategic application server going forward. Key features from OC4J will be added to WLS, including Toplink and the SCA container. Thomas Kurian indicated that the next major release will adopt an OSGi kernel.
Oracle Service Bus (formerly known as AquaLogic Service Bus [ALSB]) will be the strategic ESB going forward. Key features from Oracle ESB will be added to ALSB.
Oracle BPEL Process Manager remains the strategic BPEL engine. Oracle will develop a new converged BPM system based on Oracle BPA and AL BPM.
Oracle Enterprise Repository (formerly known as AquaLogic Enterprise Repository [ALER]) will provide the foundation for Oracle's SOA governance solution. Other products include Service Registry (OEM'd Systinet), Web Services Manager, and Management Pack for SOA (a plug-in to Oracle Enterprise Manager). BEA's OEM agreement with AmberPoint is history.