Wednesday Jan 30, 2013

Zero to Cloud: New Resources Help Dramatically Speed Transformation to Enterprise Private Cloud

To help organizations deploy a fully operational, enterprise-grade private cloud environment in less than half a day, Oracle has brought key content together into a single, user-friendly zero-to-cloud resource center.

The online resource center includes best practices from Oracle experts and early adopter customers as well as interviews with Oracle development executives responsible for Oracle’s private cloud solutions and roadmap. Additionally, you can access productivity tools such as assessment tools, cloud-builder demos, tips, and the latest product and solution information.

The resource center is being launched just as the
Oracle Cloud Builder Summit series moves into full swing. Designed for executives, cloud architects, and IT operations professionals, the day-long event series will eventually reach nearly 100 cities around the globe.

Get Started with Our New Self-Assessment Tool
For cloud deployments, organizations cannot rely on traditional planning, deployment, and management processes and tools. To help determine readiness for a successful private cloud deployment, Oracle has created a new
self-assessment quiz that addresses the following key concerns.

  • A complete cloud lifecycle approach. Determine if you have the tools and processes in place to manage every phase of building, managing, and consuming an enterprise cloud.
  • Integrated cloud stack management. Learn how to eliminate the integration pains and costs that occur when you have to integrate multiple point solutions.
  • Business-driven clouds. Determine whether you are able to deliver clouds that can measure up to the business requirements and the user experience demanded by your company.
  • Proactive management. Determine if you can benefit from automatic service requests and the other key proactive management tools for all the technology deployed within a cloud, including proactive patch recommendations, health checks, and end-of-life advisory tools.

Once you've determined organizational readiness, explore early adopter tips, demos, guides, exclusive white papers, and more at the zero-to-cloud resource center.

Monday Jan 28, 2013

Announcement of Enterprise Manager for Big Data Appliance (BDA) Plugin

Earlier this month (Jan 2013) we announced the General Availability of Enterprise Manager for Big Data Appliance (BDA) Plugin - 12.1.0.1.0

This is the first version of Enterprise Manager for Big Data Appliance (BDA) Plugin release. The plugin is available to EM customers on Self Update (screenshot below), and certification information for this plugin is also available to customers on MyOracleSupport certify (
here).


BDA
Using the Enterprise Manager 12c Big Data Appliance Plug-in 12.1.0.1, users can:

1. Discover the software and hardware components of a Big Data Appliance Network and add them as managed targets.
2.
Manage the hardware and software components that comprise a Big Data Appliance Network as a single target or as individual targets.
3.
Study collected metrics to analyze the performance of the network and each Big Data Appliance component.
4.
Trigger alerts based on availability and system health.
5. Respond to warnings and incidents.

Friday Jan 18, 2013

Sales Masterclass for Partners - EMEA rollout

Oracle EMEA is pleased to announce a series of live Sales Masterclasses for Partners on Lifecycle Management for Exadata, Cloud and Applications.

Initial classes are:
- UK, Reading: 23 - 24 January 2013, Oracle UK Thames Valley Park
- France, Paris: 5 - 6 February 2013, Oracle France Colombes
- Portugal, Lisbon: 19 - 20 February 2013, Oracle Lagoas Park
- Saudi Arabia, Riyadh: 26 February 2013, Oracle Riyadh Offices (Application Lifecycle Management only)

Please contact your local Partner Enablement Manager or Alliance & Channel Manager for training events in your region.

Exadata & Cloud Management
Unlock the Potential of Exadata and the Cloud through integrated lifecycle management

Application Lifecycle Management
Quality & Performance of Oracle & Custom Web Applications

This Value Selling session will be offered to Oracle Manageability focus Partners over a live, 1 ½ day class.

Introduction:
Many organizations recognize the benefits and return on investment that Oracle-based business processes has brought to their business. However, as customers increasingly rely on technology, the growing complexity of the application landscapes and underlying infrastructures becomes more challenging. This is further enhanced by custom deployments and integrations, which makes each system different and unique to manage.

Whether in the cloud, or in traditional IT environments, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c enables you to provision applications faster, reduce time-to-resolution of service requests, and easily manage user experiences for millions of customers. It also provides a complete solution to manage the entire cloud lifecycle and Oracle stack, from application to disk, through a single console.

We are happy to invite you for a 1 ½ day Value Selling workshop on Oracle Enterprise Manager’s Application Lifecycle Management and Exadata & Cloud Management.

Purpose:
This class is a comprehensive programme, prepared and presented by Oracle specialized sales leaders. This ensures you have all the knowledge and skills you need to effectively position, sell and support Oracle’s performance, quality and operational management solutions for Applications and Exadata.

·         The first half day is relevant for both Application Lifecycle Management AND Exadata & Cloud Management 
The second half of day one is focused on Application Lifecycle Management.
The first half of day two will be focused on Exadata & Cloud Management.

The sessions will be lecture-based with showcases to complement. These sessions are interactive and everyone is required to participate. Customer case studies will be used as appropriate and there will be plenty of opportunity for in-depth discussion. Please bring to the training an understanding of what Enterprise Manager 12c does for your customers, along with your own experiences to date.

Target Audience:
Partners: Sales Directors, Managers and Representatives. Sales Consulting (Managers). Marketing Directors / Managers. Oracle Practice Leaders. Application Management and Testing business unit leaders.

Learning Objectives & Coverage   
Sales-driven, non-technical; there will be no deep dive, technical features, or hands on labs. Instead, it is focused on customer value, positioning, sales plays & value propositions, competitive intelligence, pricing & licensing, case stories & top wins, objection handling, probing questions, spotting sweet spot opportunities, ROI & Proof-of-Value, etc. This session also provides sales tools, resources and how to engage with Oracle on the subject-matter.

Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

From Zero to Cloud: By the Oracle Partner Solution Center in Asia-Pacific

Interesting demonstration from the Partner Solution Center in Oracle Asia-Pacific: From Zero to Cloud - in five simple steps to an easy-to-use, simplified self-service portal for consuming IT resources and services without being brokered by IT!

Monday Jan 14, 2013

Partner Note: Set Up Exadata for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12

Posted by Jeremy Schneider on Jan 9, 2013 at www.pythian.com

I recently helped setup an Exadata X2-8 Database Machine with the latest version of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control (12.1.0.2). A few documents do exist for this process – the most useful of which are the Exadata Discovery Cookbook and the Setup Automation Kit. However I found a few inconsistencies and problems; I think the existing documents I found were written on older versions of Enterprise Manager and older versions of the tools. Also there are some additional steps for older Exadatas which didn’t apply to my case.

I’m publishing my final procedure here with hopes that it helps you, but as always please cross-reference this with the appropriate documentation before doing anything in your own environment.

At this customer’s request we also configured SNMP to integrate alerting with another system – in their case, Exadata-related alerts will be raised in BMC Event Manager. I’ve also included the steps I followed to enable this; it should be easy enough to tweak my procedure here for any SNMP-compatible monitoring system.

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