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What is Oracle Java Cloud Service?

Oracle Java Cloud Service is a complete platform and infrastructure cloud solution for building, deploying, and managing Java EE applications. Use Oracle Java Cloud Service to rapidly provision an application environment with Oracle WebLogic Server as the application container, Oracle Coherence as a caching and data grid tier, and Oracle Traffic Director as the software load balancer—all on top of infrastructure provided by Oracle Compute Cloud Service.

For more information on Oracle Java Cloud Service, visit Oracle.com

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Syed F Ahmed
Enterprise Architect at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
Real User
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Cloud has given us more security and flexibility.

Pros and Cons

  • "Cloud has provided less maintenance."

    What is our primary use case?

    All custom web applications are developed as Enterprise Applications deployed to Oracle Cloud. I have worked with Java/JEE technologies for more than 18 years. Moving to Cloud has addressed a lot of major concerns related to performance, security, deployments, support.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We have adopted TOGAF architecture framework for more than five years, as agile teams have been working with continuous deployments and JIRA as our ALM tool. Moving to Oracle Cloud has addressed some of our major concerns with having to manage the infrastructure, which needs better scalability, integrated security, and better database access. Moving away from maintenance and support of most infrastructure, and to some extend the applications.

    What is most valuable?

    Cloud has provided:

    • Cost savings
    • Less maintenance
    • More security
    • Better database management
    • Better deployments
    • On Demand scalability

    What needs improvement?

    Integration with Oracle products is well-supported. The same should be provided for other products that are used in most organizations, like PeopleSoft, CA, etc. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    More than five years.
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    Amit Mehetre
    Solution Architect - Digital & Mobile at Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.
    Real User
    Eases provision and application lifecycle management

    What is our primary use case?

    Our primary use cases include:

    • deployment of the Java EE applications on a scalable cloud environment
    • leveraging the built-in DevOps capability for managing the application lifecycle
    • quick provisioning of environment (non-production), on an as-needed basis.

    How has it helped my organization?

    • Operational overhead and expenses have been reduced due to easy provisioning and decommissioning of dev/test environments.
    • Application lifecycle management has become easier with built-in DevOps capabilities.

    What is most valuable?

    • Easy provisioning and scalability
    • Seamless integration capabilities
    • High-availability and ease of management

    What needs improvement?

    Since most of our applications are Oracle ADF based on WebCenter, supporting a complete lift and shift of such complex Java EE would help us become completely cloud-based for our web channels.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    One to three years.
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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    Erol Tokalacoglu
    DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT at CRENNO MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
    Real User
    Streamlines deployment, eases configuration of the environment

    What is our primary use case?

    We have a Spring Framework-based web API application for a telco. This application communicates with company's ESB, it has its own Oracle Database, and runs on Oracle WebLogic Server.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We have dev, test, and production stages. Developers deploy their builds and if we need to scale the environment we can do it quickly. So before going to production, everything is ready.

    What is most valuable?

    Fast deployment Easy configuration of the environment

    What needs improvement?

    It has been built on Java technology but requires more integration with other APIs and CI tools.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    One to three years.

    What is our primary use case?

    We have a Spring Framework-based web API application for a telco. This application communicates with company's ESB, it has its own Oracle Database, and runs on Oracle WebLogic Server.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We have dev, test, and production stages. Developers deploy their builds and if we need to scale the environment we can do it quickly. So before going to production, everything is ready.

    What is most valuable?

    • Fast deployment
    • Easy configuration of the environment

    What needs improvement?

    It has been built on Java technology but requires more integration with other APIs and CI tools.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    One to three years.
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    ITCS user
    Cloud Architect, Oracle ACE, Oracle DBA at Pythian
    MSP
    Enables our developers to focus on development, speeding up project delivery

    What is our primary use case?

    The primary use case for Oracle Java Cloud Service was to increase the productivity of developers and project managers by leveraging the agility of cloud.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The Oracle Java Cloud Service has enabled our developers to focus on what they do best: developing modern Java applications. In addition, more projects that meet clients' expectations can be completed, increasing our revenues.

    What is most valuable?

    Speeds up delivery of projects, making for satisfied clients.

    What needs improvement?

    Customer service could be improved.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Less than one year.

    What is our primary use case?

    The primary use case for Oracle Java Cloud Service was to increase the productivity of developers and project managers by leveraging the agility of cloud.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The Oracle Java Cloud Service has enabled our developers to focus on what they do best: developing modern Java applications.

    In addition, more projects that meet clients' expectations can be completed, increasing our revenues.

    What is most valuable?

    Speeds up delivery of projects, making for satisfied clients.

    What needs improvement?

    Customer service could be improved.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Less than one year.
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    ITCS user
    Development Team Lead at The Arab Investment and Export Credit Guarantee Corporation
    Real User
    Domain backup and recovery, applying and undoing patches, are easy and fast

    Pros and Cons

    • "Backing up and recovery for my domain is very easy and fast. In addition, applying patches and undoing applied patches is effective and easy to do."
    • "The product is satisfactory but we need more training on managing the machine itself. For example, how do we add more storage, how do we extend a specific portion? I would like to see videos illustrating some of the technical tasks that we often need to do."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are running different applications with different development technology on Oracle Java Cloud Service.

    As for technologies, we are running both Oracle Forms applications and Oracle ADF applications on Oracle JCS. These applications are human resources management systems, accounting, portfolio management systems, and document management systems. All these systems are developed in-house and all of them are integrated with Oracle Documents Cloud Service in a way that the documents are linked to the database records and the user can access the document related to the transaction.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We are working in a "hot" region. Most Middle East countries have conflicts and wars. We are able to move from one country to another one, so this solution gives us availability. We can access our database and application any time, anywhere at no additional cost.

    What is most valuable?

    Backing up and recovery for my domain are very easy and fast. In addition, applying patches and undoing applied patches is effective and easy to do.

    What needs improvement?

    The product is satisfactory but we need more training on managing the machine itself. For example, how do we add more storage, how do we extend a specific portion? I would like to see videos illustrating some of the technical tasks that we often need to do.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Three to five years.

    What other advice do I have?

    The product is very good, fine-tuned, and stable. Support is available 24/7 and is really fast and effective. However, it is somewhat expensive, so I rate it at eight out of 10.

    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    IM
    Principal Consultant at LimePoint
    Consultant
    Streamlines demoing but needs better integration with other systems

    What is our primary use case?

    Demoing. Two CPUs, 16GB memory.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Demoing is always an expensive process, from procurement of hardware to installation of software. Now, it is easier, cheaper, and more elastic.

    What is most valuable?

    Self-provisioning, easy to choose from WebLogic 11g to 12c. Customer has different requirements and it is easy to provision and choose the version of WebLogic within minutes.

    What needs improvement?

    Integration with other Oracle/non-Oracle products.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    One to three years.

    What is our primary use case?

    Demoing. Two CPUs, 16GB memory.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Demoing is always an expensive process, from procurement of hardware to installation of software. Now, it is easier, cheaper, and more elastic.

    What is most valuable?

    Self-provisioning, easy to choose from WebLogic 11g to 12c. Customer has different requirements and it is easy to provision and choose the version of WebLogic within minutes.

    What needs improvement?

    Integration with other Oracle/non-Oracle products.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    One to three years.
    Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
    it_user846657
    Software Engineer (Oracle FMW) at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Enables me to securely manage security and access the server from any location

    Pros and Cons

    • "The automated features of auto-purging in 12c helps clear disk space on a routine basis."
    • "One key feature is getting to choose the Virtual Machine configurations while setting up the server, which is an automated process."
    • "The ability to manage security and access the server from any location with complete security using SSH is perfect for performing crucial tasks, even while travelling."
    • "The auto-backup, incremental backup and restoration features can be invaluable for management."

      What is our primary use case?

      My primary use case for OJCS includes Java EE applications and ADF web sites on Weblogic Server running on cloud. They have added advantage of high availability and cloud-level security. Further implementations of middleware integration can be accomplished using Oracle SOA CS or Integration Cloud Service.

      How has it helped my organization?

      The concerns of server failure and unplanned downtime have been notably reduced. The automated features of auto-purging in 12c helps clear disk space on a routine basis.

      What is most valuable?

      • Getting to choose the Virtual Machine configurations while setting up the server, which is an automated process.
      • The ability to manage security and access the server from any location with complete security using SSH is perfect for performing crucial tasks, even while travelling.
      • OJCS can seamlessly connect to other cloud offerings like Oracle Database Cloud Service, Oracle Developer Cloud Service, Oracle Storage Cloud Service, etc. 
      • The auto-backup, incremental backup and restoration features can be invaluable for management.

      What needs improvement?

      Most of the features provided are well designed and implemented. I'd like to learn more about WebLogic Server for solutions to help identify and resolve stuck threads.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      One to three years.
      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user521844
      Financial Professional at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
      Vendor
      Fast, stable and durable; you can't break it

      What is most valuable?

      I think it's pretty fast and, I feel, competent because the company is pretty big and things seem to be secure.

      How has it helped my organization?

      Reduces man-hours and speeds up business operations.

      What needs improvement?

      I feel like everything's running perfectly, so I don't have any improvements at the moment. But in terms of future features I would like it to be more helpful on the social media and marketing side.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      It's stable. Durable. Can't break it.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      It has scaled well.

      How is customer service and technical support?

      Usually I'll just go to the contact list, either in email form or in a chat room. I think they are pretty efficient, speedy, and helpful if we have any incidents that happen on the server. It's pretty speedy customer service.

      What other advice do I have?

      Make sure you network more. Get to know the techniques of the technology of Oracle and just expand it throughout your business and enlighten your employees.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user517536
      Director Of Software Development
      Vendor
      It is easy to deploy and manage.

      What is most valuable?

      It is easy to deploy and manage. The app server setup is intuitive and easy to follow.

      How has it helped my organization?

      It offers easy provisioning. We were able to get a server up and running in an hour.

      What needs improvement?

      I would like to see more monitors for standard edition

      For how long have I used the solution?

      We have been using this solution for a year.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      There were no deployment issues.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      There were no stability issues.

      What is most valuable?

      It is easy to deploy and manage. The app server setup is intuitive and easy to follow.

      How has it helped my organization?

      It offers easy provisioning. We were able to get a server up and running in an hour.

      What needs improvement?

      I would like to see more monitors for standard edition

      For how long have I used the solution?

      We have been using this solution for a year.

      What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

      There were no deployment issues.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      There were no stability issues.

      Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: ISV
      it_user521829
      Senior Technical Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
      Consultant
      In a few clicks, you can set up an entire WebLogic server in the AWS cloud services and the storage cloud services.

      What is most valuable?

      The most valuable feature is that it is cloud-based. You don't have to acquire the software, install it on you machine or go through the trouble of procuring the hardware. You would then have to install and maintain everything and apply patches. With Oracle Java Cloud Service, in a few clicks, you can set up an entire WebLogic server in the AWS cloud services and the storage cloud services. It's really awesome. All this comes with a free subscription when you subscribe to Java Cloud Services. You also get the Developer Cloud Service at no cost.

      What needs improvement?

      I find this is pretty mature product. Mature in the sense that I’m getting the same Java in the cloud that I get with a locally installed version. So far, the only issue I have is with the storage cloud. The user needs to use the external REST API to set up the storage cloud servers. A developer that knows the REST API can easily do this. Other options, like the Java Cloud Service or Database Cloud Service, do have a UI option from the web application itself, where you can go and create an instance.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I’ve been using Oracle Java Cloud Service for the last few months. I find it pretty interesting, and very powerful for developers.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      The Oracle Java Cloud Service is pretty stable. I haven’t had any issues since beginning a few months ago. Oracle is very prompt in sending an email when the system is going to be going into a maintenance mode, so I get a heads-up on that. That's really helpful.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      Oracle JCS is scalable. You can extend and add extra managed services if you want. You can also add extra capacity with a few clicks.

      How is customer service and technical support?

      The technical support is really good. I am usually able to contact an admin and we get a clear picture of the entire infrastructure; what is going on, where we can improve things. I didn't find any issues at all.

      How was the initial setup?

      Setup it is pretty straightforward, but a few documents need to be updated here and there. For example, one of the documents describing how to create a storage cloud service doesn't mention that you need to use an authorization code.

      Also, Oracle does need to work on a little bit integration with locally installed resources, although some of these issues have already been addressed with updates.

      What other advice do I have?

      Definitely the first requirements I look for are reliability, security, and cost. Also, whether all of the products to talk to each other seamlessly. When you look at AWS, for example, its pretty stable. They provide the IaaS, infrastructure as a service, but if I want to have the features of the WebLogic or the database cloud service, Oracle, and the Java, I have to do all my development on the IaaS that AWS provides. Whereas, Oracle Java Cloud Service provides the platform and the IaaS.

      Also, Oracle is in the process of migrating all their products, which have been traditionally locally installed, to the cloud. That gives me the advantage of interacting with other applications seamlessly.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user522048
      Sr. Software Quality Engineer at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
      Vendor
      I use it to test on multiple platforms such as Oracle and VMware.

      What is most valuable?

      The most valuable feature of the product is being able to test on multiple platforms for Oracle, for VMware, and so on.

      What needs improvement?

      I think there should be improvement with the speed and it should offer a more diverse selection of the suites that I can use.

      For how long have I used the solution?

      I've only used it for a year and a half.

      What do I think about the stability of the solution?

      It is a stable product. There hasn’t been that much downtime. When that does happen, it's usually just a reboot, our systems are down, or the connections are slow.

      What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

      So far, it has met my organization’s scalability needs.

      How are customer service and technical support?

      I don't really interact with their support. I just submit a ticket and then some guy makes it work for me. So far, it's been pretty responsive because when I submit a ticket, it's usually a turnaround time of 24 hours.

      Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

      They previously used VMware VSX. We’re moving to this solution now because we're trying to roll out our Oracle 12c upgrade, so we have to use that platform.

      What other advice do I have?

      I recommend using it. It's not too far from what I was using before; it's just a matter of compatibility between different offerings.

      Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
      it_user465738
      Technology Architecture Associate Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
      Real User
      We're able to run applications that were initially deployed to IBM WebSphere.

      Valuable Features:

      The most valuable features of Oracle Java Cloud Service is the ability to develop applications on-premise, using well know IDEs (Oracle JDeveloper in our case) with the possibility to quickly deploy it to the cloud-based WebLogic Server. Also, the possibility to run applications that were initially deployed to IBM WebSphere albeit with some re-configuration and adjustments.

      Fast, rapid and agile development and deployment of an ADF application (within Proof-of-Concept project) involves four developers in a distributed team (across two different time-zones) and through this they are able to cooperate quickly, without the usual problems of dev/test environment deployments.

      Improvements to My Organization:

      We now have the ability to very quickly develop/modify and deploy applications (e.g. Proof of Concept, demos etc.) with a geographically distributed team using agile methodologies whilst avoiding environment specific problems such as long-time delays to restore an environment at a specific point in time, at the same time.

      Room for Improvement:

      It needs to have the ability to create a service with the same name as another one when the initial creation failed as sometimes it's necessary to have a service with exact name. As far as I know, this problem is indicated as a "known issue" by Oracle, but this point is really needed sometimes.

      Other Advice:

      You need to look into the Oracle Coherence optional offer as the description is not absolutely clear in some of the articles for beginners.

      Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partners
      ITCS user
      Principal Consultant at Rubicon Red
      Consultant
      You don't have to worry about setting up the infrastructure; Oracle manages it. We had to do manual configurations, even after we got the JCS instance.

      Valuable Features:

      The most valuable feature is the ability to provision a platform of your choice, such WebLogic, BPM Suite and a lot of other FMW products. It's also easy to deploy a MW platform on the cloud. You don't have to worry about setting up the infrastructure; Oracle manages it. You just have to divert away existing licenses of the technology stack to the deployed platform on JCS.

      Improvements to My Organization:

      It's shortened our time to market as we don't have to invest in data centers, computing resources and the underlying infrastructure. The proposition of Java Cloud Service is that, "Hey, here is a hosted platform for you on one of industries best application server i.e. Oracle WebLogic Server". Oracle will provide a platform, the hosting services, and the infrastructure. You just subscribe to a metered or non-metered usage and possibly extend the platform  using your existing Oracle's license on the product you are using. 

      For instance, if you are using BPM Suite, you just purchase a BPM Suite license, build an Oracle BPM platform on top of JCS, and deploy your applications on top of it. Oracle will support the JCS infrastructure and you still get the ability to extend it to suite your needs.

      You can scale up and scale down, have a high available infrastructure  and even do disaster recovery if you have Java Cloud Services deployed at two different availability zones. It's a very low-cost option for a business to start with. That's one of the best business reasons to move into JCS.

      Room for Improvement:

      We've had some issues when Oracle released updates and patched the JCS environments without our knowledge. The proposition of Oracle JCS is that Oracle is going to give you the infrastructure, manage it, patch it, and upgrade it themselves. You just deploy your solutions on top of it and execute. Some of the automated platform patches broke our existing functionality and we were not notified about it. 

      This means you're at Oracle's mercy, but again, we improved that process because Java Cloud Services as a service is maturing itself, and that's one of the problems that we had. 

      There were a lot of configurations that we had to do to extend JCS with the FMW platform that we used, which was very manual and often error prone. We would like to have Oracle think about how can all the ongoing configurations that are applied on JCS be automated, or whether Oracle has a way to make sure the configuration drift is captured and there is a way to revert the environment back to its original state once something goes wrong.

      Another area of improvement is to provide support for all critical components of the FMW platform such as WebLogic, SOA Suite and BPM Suite. When we started using JCS,  WebLogic 12.2.1 and BPM Suite 12.2.1 was supported on it but not SOA Suite 12.2.1. This makes adoption and usage of JCS harder in enterprises because when an enterprise wants to go to JCS, they want to either deploy one or all solutions particularly when they are integrated together. 

      For instance, you will hardly see an enterprise which has BPM and not SOA, or SOA and not WebLogic. How do I move just my BPM on JCS and not SOA? That's what has been so difficult about it.

      Use of Solution:

      We have used JCS for a few of our customers for over 2 years.

      Deployment Issues:

      Again, the deployment issues have to do with the fact that not all solutions can be integrated together.

      Stability Issues:

      We've had a some stability issues, but again, it was because when we adopted JCS, it was just released. It was in its nascent stages and you could possibly understand that there's going to be a few issues. However, it's improving over time.

      Scalability Issues:

      We haven't had use cases where we have used deployed applications on JCS to support a big user base. We've used JCS for customers who have a user base of about 1,000 or 2,000, which is not a very big number. We've been pretty successful with that. Beyond that, we'll have to see. We know it can be scaled, and that's why we've invested in it.

      Initial Setup:

      It depends. If you have Java applications, you can subscribe to JCS from Oracle deploy your applications. If you have SOA or BPM, then you will have to provision those platforms on top of the JCS infrastructure that Oracle provides you. That is where it could possibly get challenging, but it depends on the nature of the product that you're trying to install on the JCS.

      Other Advice:

      When you go to JCS, think about whether you want more than just the product and think about how you want to maintain the platform. It's a significant shift in the way you operate your IT. It's going to be a different proposition, it's going to be an infrastructure which is not managed by yourself in whole. You're just in the process of deploying to JCS.

      A promising integration platform strategy is to ensure environments are delivered as a service on demand and ready to be consumed. Also customers may use JCS to run their FMW development environments but may want to have production environments on-premise. Unless there is a consistent and automated way of provisioning, ongoing configuration management, deployment, testing across both the MW platform on JCS and on-premise, it will be cumbersome to move applications between on-premise and JCS seamlessly.

      Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're partners.