Latest Enterprise Manager Innovations and Roadmap

July 19, 2023 | 6 minute read
Mughees Minhas
Senior Vice President of Product Management, Enterprise and Cloud Manageability
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We just wrapped up Enterprise Manager (EM) Technology Forum 2023.  At this event, we highlighted latest innovations in EM, the roadmap for 2024 and beyond (EM 24c), and a comprehensive portfolio of technical presentations by Oracle product managers, key customers, and partners.

Here is a summary of the event highlights and key discussions.  You can also watch the full event keynote for additional details.

Key EM capabilities delivered in the past year

Over the last twelve months, we invested a tremendous amount of engineering effort in EM. We released 10 Release Updates (RU) in this period. These updates represent over 450 feature enhancements and over 400 code improvements.

Last year, we adopted a new development model akin to cloud delivery where we have been releasing enhancements and code improvements frequently, making each RU more manageable for our customers and our engineers. This has two main benefits. First, it reduces the quality assurance effort for each RU and results in better-quality releases. Secondly, customers see new functionality and improvements regularly. Upgrades are less taxing on organizations, and it also translates to less QA effort on the part of our customers.

We continue to make improvements to EM 13.5 over the next twelve months. Rest assured, that customers who wish to stay with EM 13.5, will have the choice to do so. We have extended support for EM 13.5 through 2026. This will give you plenty of time to prepare for EM 24c.

Continued investment
Figure 1: Continued Investment and Roadmap for Oracle Enterprise Manager

Introducing Enterprise Manager 24c

One major development that I am excited to share with you is EM’s next-generation release, EM 24c. We are undertaking a major development effort with the modernization of EM’s architecture.  As part of modernization, our key objective is to transition from a monolithic architecture to a microservices architecture.

By replacing key components with microservices, we break down our application into smaller, independent services such as Monitoring service and Job service. This allows us to enable zero downtime monitoring capabilities and run efficient job services for better scalability and performance. Microservices enable us to adopt modern technologies and frameworks more easily, promoting faster delivery of innovations. The transition to microservices will empower us to scale individual services independently, resulting in a more flexible and resilient system.

We plan to increase development velocity and deliver new features faster. To achieve this, we leverage metadata-driven JET templates, which expedite the development process and enhance business agility, allowing us to respond to market demands swiftly. JET-based UI provides a simple and uncluttered design with a focus on the most critical data and offers richer interactivity and faster response to user actions.  By leveraging OCI cloud services, we accelerate the development and deployment of new features and enhancements.

One of our key objectives in modernization is to simplify EM’s lifecycle management. Specifically, we want to simplify the upgrade, patching, and maintenance. Upgrading EM can be a complex task, involving multiple components and dependencies. Simplifying the upgrade process minimizes downtime and ensures a smooth transition to new versions. We will adopt automated upgrade mechanisms, standardized procedures, and robust testing methodologies to simplify and expedite the upgrade process.

Patching is crucial for addressing security vulnerabilities, bug fixes, and performance enhancements. To simplify patching, we will provide better patch management systems that can identify, download, and apply patches seamlessly. This reduces manual effort and ensures the timely application of patches, enhancing the security and stability of EM.

Simplified lifecycle management reduces operational complexities, minimizes downtime, and improves the overall reliability of EM. In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, it is crucial to stay updated with the latest security protocols and best practices by:   

  • Implementing robust authentication mechanisms
  • Utilizing the latest Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol updates
  • Enhancing encryption mechanisms
  • Providing enhanced secure communication channels between services
  • Adopting secure coding practices

 

next generation
Figure 2:  Oracle Enterprise Manager 24c Preview

 

We are very excited about the product’s evolution, and we are laser-focused on continued investment in EM 13.5. We continue to deliver improvements on this release even after EM 24c is available. 

Let's dig a little deeper into the key new capabilities delivered in the past year.

The new features are grouped into three main themes:  

  • Hybrid cloud management
  • Ops Automation
  • Extensibility and resilience of the core EM platform

Hybrid Cloud Management

Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor (ADDM) has been available since Oracle Database 10g.  ADDM provides expert-level DB-time-based performance analysis on a pair of Automatic Workload Repository (AWR) snapshots. ADDM analysis is typically done on AWR snapshot data immediately after a snapshot is captured.  For this reason, the findings and recommendations tend to be tactical as they normally only cover a single hour.  

We recently introduced a new feature called ADDM Spotlight. It aggregates ADDM findings and recommendations over longer periods of days or weeks and helps identify or put a spotlight on things like systemic problems, recurring bottlenecks, and anomalous behaviors.  As a result, it provides a more strategic perspective on your workloads.  When you want to see how a database has been performing over the last day or week, the right place to look is ADDM Spotlight.  It will show important events and their impacts. It provides additional guidance on things that require further analysis. 

 

 

 

 

Additional key capabilities in this area include:

  • Enhancements for Real-time SQL Monitoring
  • Enhancements for hybrid Database-as-a-Service and chargeback capabilities
  • New Exadata tab in Performance Hub

Ops Automation

We introduced Top Activity Lite, a simplified version of ASH Analytics optimized for efficient real-time performance diagnostics even under heavy database loads. 

  • Provides a simple, compact, and efficient NOC-like page that is displayed on a large screen for easy visualization of the last hour of activity
  • Enables you to observe real-time database performance trends with “auto-refresh” and browser settings retention capabilities

Other notable new capabilities include:

  • New Exadata Cloud health and security checks
  • Fleet Maintenance Hub, a one-stop solution for enhancing security posture
  • Support for a new generation of STIG regulatory security compliance standards

 

Ops Automation
Figure 3: Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Automation

 

Extensibility and Resilience of the EM Platform

We have introduced Privileged Access Management (PAM) integration support which enables a more secure way to manage passwords through PAM providers such as CyberArk and HashiCorp. Watch is short demo to learn how it works.

 

 

Other notable new capabilities in this area are:

  • New REST APIs for user, credentials, metrics, incidents, and target management
  • Integration with Webhooks and Slack
  • Secure and compliant process for patching, plug-in deployment, and installation using non-SYS users
  • Predefined run book for EM Health diagnostics
  • Cross-endian EM repository migration

 

EM Extensibility
Figure 4: Oracle Enterprise Manager Extensibility and Resilience

 

I hope this introductory information was helpful. You can watch the entire event keynote and follow us for more details as our roadmap unfolds over the next few months.  

  • Watch the keynote and full session replays
  • Visit Oracle Enterprise Manager online
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Mughees Minhas

Senior Vice President of Product Management, Enterprise and Cloud Manageability

Mughees oversees product management and strategy for MySQL Database, Enterprise Manager and OCI Observability & Management technologies. He has more than 20 years of experience developing some of the most widely used Oracle technologies like AWR, ASH, DB Replay, SQL Profiles, etc., and is currently working on MySQL Heatwave, the next generation of cloud databases. He holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is currently senior vice president in Oracle’s Corporate Architecture organization.


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