1 Planning Your Oracle Coherence Installation

This guide will help you install Oracle Coherence. Various topics are covered that should be reviewed thoroughly to help ensure that you do not encounter any problems either during or after the Oracle Coherence installation.

To install standalone Oracle Coherence, there is no prerequisite for Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure. If you do have the Infrastructure on your system, then Oracle Coherence can be integrated with it in a number of ways. For the purposes of this guide, only the standalone mode is considered.


Oracle Coherence can also be installed as part of an Oracle WebLogic Server installation. Installing and configuring Oracle Coherence with WebLogic Server is beyond the scope of this documentation. See Planning the Oracle WebLogic Server Installation in Installing and Configuring Oracle WebLogic Server and Coherence.

This chapter contains the following sections:

1.1 About Oracle Coherence

Oracle Coherence in-memory data grid is a key component of Oracle's Cloud Application Foundation. Oracle Coherence predictably scales applications to meet mobile and cloud demands on shared services and infrastructure.
  • Provides real-time application processing using parallel query, live event processing, map-reduce aggregation, and parallel transaction processing

  • Scales applications linearly and dynamically for predictable cost and reliable delivery of real-time customer experiences

  • Enables continuous data availability and transactional integrity across the most demanding multi-data center deployments

  • Oracle Coherence's GoldenGate HotCache enables businesses to leverage real-time cache updates to provide always-accurate application information

  • Provides operational simplicity through advanced integration with Oracle WebLogic Server, across conventional and cloud environments, and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud

1.2 Introducing the Oracle Coherence Standard Installation Topologies

Using Oracle Coherence software together with other application software, you can create a variety of production topologies to suit the needs of your applications, your organization, and your application users.

As a result, it is difficult to provide exact instructions for every possible Oracle Coherence installation. This documentation provides detailed instructions for installing Oracle Coherence only in standalone mode.

For more information about standard installation topologies, see Understanding the Standard Installation Topology in Planning an Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

1.3 Roadmap for Installing and Configuring Standalone Oracle Coherence

Review the steps that are required to install and Oracle Coherence. Table 1-1 shows the steps required to install and configure standalone Oracle Coherence.

Table 1-1 Roadmap for Standalone Oracle Coherence Installation

Task Description For More Information

Verify your system environment

Before beginning the installation, verify that the minimum system and network requirements are met.

Roadmap for Verifying Your System Environment and System Requirements

Obtain the appropriate distribution

To install Oracle Coherence, obtain the distribution.

Understanding and Obtaining the Oracle Coherence Distribution

Determine your installation directories

Verify that the directory into which you want to install Oracle Coherence is accessible by the installer, and exists on systems that meet the minimum requirements.

Understanding the Oracle Coherence Directory Structure

Install Oracle Coherence

Run the installation program to install the software. This transfers the software to your system.

Performing a Coherence Installation

Post-configuration administration and configuration tasks

Discover additional tools and resources to configure and administer Oracle Coherence.

Installing a Client Distribution, Installing Coherence*Web to an Application Server

Upgrade tasks

If you are already working with Coherence, upgrade your applications to use the current release.

Upgrading Coherence from Previous Releases

Run Coherence Examples

The Coherence distribution includes a collection of examples that exercise many Coherence features.

Running the Coherence Examples

1.4 Roadmap for Verifying Your System Environment

Oracle Fusion Middleware products are certified to run in different system environments. Table 1-2 identifies important tasks and checks that you must perform to make sure that your environment is properly prepared for installing and configuring Oracle Coherence.

Table 1-2 Roadmap for Verifying Your System Environment

Task Description For More Information, See

Verify certification and system requirements.

Verify that your operating system is certified and properly configured for Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure installation and configuration.

Verifying Certification and System Requirements in Planning an Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Prepare your system for installation.

Verify that the necessary environment variables are set, and you have identified a proper installation user.

Prepare Your System for Installation in Planning an Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

1.5 Understanding and Obtaining the Oracle Coherence Distribution

The Oracle Coherence distribution is available as a standalone executable installation program. To obtain the distribution, see Obtaining Product Distributions in Planning an Installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware.