Posted by Vijayakumar Chinnasamy
June 17th, 2009

If you are reading this post for the first time, please make sure to read my earlier post which provides an introduction to this topic. This entry is a follow up entry to my earlier post. As soon as you start thinking of a future version of a product, one question rises. Why do we need to understand or know a product that is not even released yet? The answer becomes clear when you understand the ever changing IT industry. Remember, “Change is the Constant”. This is very much true in the Information and Communications technology, just like things happen in our real life.

IT Managers and Architects need to understand the evolution of new products and applications to set a vision for their application deployment to support their customers better. This is not an easy task when you consider Information and Communications industry. Keeping updated on latest products is necessary for any IT manager to continuously support and set vision for the customer that we are supporting.

I can provide one example based on my research with the expected PeopleTools 8.50 product. One of the changes in the planned PeopleTools 8.50 release is, there is no Oracle Application Server any more in the supported Web Server platforms. If one of your customers currently uses Oracle Application Server as the Web Server, then there is definitely going to be a change when you upgrade the web server. It is going to be a change of web server product for you. There are other numbers of changes like this on the supported platforms section. We will talk about this more.

In PeopleTools 8.50 RVP, We need to talk about the major improvements that Oracle is planning to port and support. Oracle is going to port PeopleTools applications in a whole set of new Operating Systems, Databases, Web Servers and Other Components.

As you are aware, I was a Unix Administrator before becoming the PeopleSoft Administrator. So, lets look at first the Unix and Linux Platforms which is my favorite. As per Oracle, PeopleTools 8.50 will be supported on the major Unix Platforms. One of the major changes are all of them are going to be 64-bit platforms on Unix and Linux Operating Systems. Here is the short list of planned Unix and Linux Operating Systems and the hardware that Peopletools 8.50 can run:

  • Solaris 10 on the Sun SPARC hardware (64-bit)
  • IBM AIX 5.3 and 6 on the IBM POWER Systems (64-bit)
  • HP_UX 11.23 and 11.31 on HP Itanium and PA-RISC systems (64-bit)
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux 5.x, SLES 10 on IBM System z (64-bit)
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux 5.x and Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.x on the Intel/AMD x64 hardware (64-bit)

Apart from the above Unix and Linux Platforms, mainframe (z/OS) and windows platforms are also supported. If you want to get the details, please let me know by entering your comments.

On the Web Server front, only weblogic and websphere platforms are supported. The versions will be;

  • Weblogic 10.1 (10gR3)
  • Websphere 7.0

As I mentioned earlier, one of the major change is, Oracle Application Server is no more planned to be deployed with PeopleTools 8.50.

I will write more about these analyses on the expected release of PeopleTools 8.50. Please feel free to let me know your comments. We will meet again with the same topic next week.

Until then – Vijay Chinnasamy

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