Support for Oracle WebLogic Server on Azure Kubernetes Service is now available
Published date: 11 November, 2020
The core of the solutions release is the WebLogic Kubernetes Operator on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), which has been tested and validated by Microsoft and Oracle. The release also includes an initial set of instructions, samples, and scripts to run Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS) on AKS. These artifacts are intended to make it as easy as possible to get started with production-ready deployments utilizing suggested best practices.
WLS on Azure Linux Virtual Machines solutions were announced in September covering several important use cases, such as base image, single working instance, clustering, load-balancing via Azure App Gateway, database integration, and security via Azure Active Directory. This current release enables basic support for running WebLogic clusters on AKS reliably through the WebLogic Operator, offering a wider set of options for deploying WLS on Azure.
The WLS on AKS solutions allow a high degree of configuration and customization. The solutions will work with any WLS version that supports the Operator, such as 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52, and use official WebLogic Server Docker images provided by Oracle. Failover is available via Azure Files accessed through Kubernetes persistent volume claims, and Azure Load Balancers are supported when provisioned using a Kubernetes Service type of “LoadBalancer”.
The instructions currently cover deploying the domain outside the Docker image and using the standard Docker images from Oracle; we will enable custom images with your domain inside a Docker image in the next few months. Further ease-of-use and Azure service integrations will be possible next year via Marketplace offerings mirroring the WSL on Azure Virtual Machines solutions.