By B.Koch on Nov 08, 2012
by Josh Rosen
If you are wondering how Oracle can make some of the most advanced, reliable, and fault tolerant servers on the market, look no further than Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager or ILOM. We build ILOM into every server we create, from Oracle x86 Systems such as X3-2 to the SPARC T-Series family.
Oracle ILOM is an embedded service processor, but it's really more than that. It's a computer within a computer. It's smart, it's tightly integrated into all aspects of the server's operation, and it's a big reason why Oracle servers are used for some of the most mission-critical workloads out there.
To understand the value of ILOM, there is no better place to start than its fault management capability. We have taken the sophisticated fault management architecture from Solaris, developed and refined over a decade, and built it into each and every ILOM. ILOM detects a potential issue at its earliest stage, watching low-level sensors. If the root cause of a problem is not clear from a single error reading, ILOM will look for other clues and combine multiple pieces of information to correctly identify a failing component.
ILOM provides peace of mind. We tailor our fault management for each new server platform that we produce. You can rest assured that it's always actively keeping the server healthy. And if there is a problem, you can be confident it will let you know by sending you a notification by e-mail or trap.
We also heard IT managers tell us they needed a Ph.D. in computer engineering to manage today's servers. It doesn't have to be that way. Thanks to the latest innovations to Oracle ILOM, we present hardware inventory and status in way that makes sense – to anyone. Green means everything is healthy and red means something is wrong. When a component needs to be replaced a clear message indicates where the problem is and points you at a knowledge article about that problem. It's that simple.
Simpler management and simple interfaces mean reduced complexity and lower costs to manage. And we know that's really important.
ILOM does all this while also providing advanced service processor features you depend on for managing enterprise class systems. You can remotely control the server power, interact with a virtual video console for the server, and mount media on the server remotely. There is no need to spend money on a KVM switch to get this functionality.
And when people hear how advanced ILOM is, they can't believe ILOM is free. All features are enabled and included with each Oracle server that you buy. There are no advanced licenses you need to purchase or features to unlock.
Configuring ILOM has also never been easier. It is now possible to configure almost all aspects of the server directly from ILOM. This includes changing BIOS settings, persistently modifying boot order, and optimizing power settings -- all directly from ILOM.
But Oracle's innovation does not stop with ILOM. Oracle has engineered Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center to integrate directly with ILOM, providing centralized management across all of our servers. Ops Center will discover each of your Oracle servers over the network by searching for ILOMs. When it finds one, it knows how to communicate with ILOM to monitoring and configure that server from application to disk.
Since every server that Oracle produces, from x86 Systems to SPARC T-Series up and down the line, comes with Oracle ILOM, you can manage all Oracle servers in the same way. And while all of our servers may have different components on the inside, each with their specialized functions, the way you integrate them and the way you monitor and manage them is exactly the same.
Oracle ILOM is state-of-art. If you are looking for a server that make systems management simple and is easy to integrate and maintain, check out the latest advances to Oracle ILOM.
Josh Rosen is a Principal Product Manager at Oracle and previously spent more than a decade as a developer and architect of system management software. Josh has worked on system management for many of Oracle's hardware products ranging from the earliest blade systems to the latest Oracle x86 servers.