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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Enterprise Deployment Guide for Oracle WebCenter Content
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

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1 Enterprise Deployment Overview

This chapter provides an overview of the enterprise deployment for Oracle WebCenter Content. It includes the following topics:

1.1 About the Enterprise Deployment Guide

An enterprise deployment guide is an Oracle best practices blueprint based on proven Oracle high-availability and security technologies and recommendations for Oracle Fusion Middleware. The best practices described in these blueprints span all Oracle products across the entire technology stack: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Applications, and Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control.

An Oracle Fusion Middleware enterprise deployment does the following:

For more information on high-availability practices, see the Oracle Database High Availability page on Oracle Technology Network at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/features/availability/index-087701.html.

Note:

This document focuses on enterprise deployments in Linux environments, but enterprise deployments can also be implemented in UNIX and Windows environments.

1.2 About Oracle WebCenter Content

The Oracle WebCenter Content suite (formerly known as Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite, or Oracle ECM) provides unified content management that ensures seamless access to the right information in the appropriate business context by helping organizations implement a strategic content infrastructure for managing documents, images, and rich media files while delivering contextual integration with enterprise applications.

Oracle WebCenter Content provides the following key benefits:

The reference enterprise deployment topology in this guide includes the following Oracle WebCenter Content feature sets:

Oracle WebCenter Content

Oracle WebCenter Content (formerly known as Oracle Universal Content Management, or Oracle UCM) provides organizations with a unified repository to house unstructured content, and deliver it to business users in the proper format, and within the context of familiar applications to fit the way they work.

Oracle WebCenter Content: Imaging

Oracle WebCenter Content: Imaging (formerly known as Oracle Imaging and Process Management, or Oracle I/PM) is the most complete, integrated, and cost-effective imaging platform for end-to-end management of document images within enterprise business processes. It leverages Oracle WebCenter Capture for image capture, Oracle WebCenter Forms Recognition for intelligent data capture, and provides annotation and markup of images, automates routing and approvals, and a scalable repository supporting enterprise-wide applications. With Imaging, organizations can quickly automate business processes in Oracle and other third-party enterprise applications.

Oracle WebCenter Content: Inbound Refinery

Oracle WebCenter Content: Inbound Refinery is a conversion server that manages file conversions for electronic assets such as documents, digital images, and motion video. In addition to conversion, Inbound Refinery provides thumbnail functionality for documents and images, storyboarding for video, and the ability to extract and use EXIF data from digital images and XMP data from electronic files generated from programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Organizations can use Inbound Refinery to convert content items stored in Oracle WebCenter Content Server.

1.3 Enterprise Deployment Terminology

The following terminology is used in this enterprise deployment guide:

1.4 Benefits of Oracle Recommendations

The Oracle Fusion Middleware configurations discussed in this guide are designed to ensure security of all invocations, maximize hardware resources, and provide a reliable, standards-compliant system for enterprise computing with a variety of applications.

The security and high-availability benefits of the Oracle Fusion Middleware configurations are realized through isolation in firewall zones and replication of software components.

1.4.1 Built-In Security

The enterprise deployment architectures are secure because every functional group of software components is isolated in its own DMZ, and all traffic is restricted by protocol and port. The following characteristics ensure security at all needed levels, as well as a high level of standards compliance:

  • Configure external load balancers to redirect all external communication received on port 80 to port 443.

    Note:

    The Oracle Technology Network (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/index.html) provides a list of validated load balancers and their configuration at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/tested-lbr-fw-sslaccel-100648.html.

  • Communication from external clients does not go beyond the Load Balancing Router (LBR) level.

  • No direct communication from the Load Balancing Router to the data tier is allowed.

  • Components are separated in different protection zones: the web tier, application tier, and the data tier.

  • Direct communication across two firewalls at any one time is prohibited.

  • If a communication begins in one firewall zone, it must end in the next firewall zone.

  • Oracle Internet Directory is isolated in the data tier.

  • Oracle Identity Management components are in a separate subnet.

  • All communication between components across protection zones is restricted by port and protocol, according to firewall rules.

1.4.2 High Availability

The enterprise deployment architectures are highly available, because each component or functional group of software components is replicated on a different computer, and configured for component-level high availability.