Oracle ranked leader for hybrid cloud and multicloud management

February 9, 2023 | 7 minute read
Moe Fardoost
Senior Director of Product Management
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I am excited to share key aspects of Oracle's solution that led to this prestigious designation, two years running.  

Oracle has had deep expertise in Enterprise IT operations and database automation for over two decades with its industry-leading investment in Oracle Enterprise Manager (EM). Today, tens of thousands of Oracle customers use Oracle’s EM manageability solution for monitoring and managing diverse IT environments.

With the increasing adoption of cloud computing, Oracle recognized the industry’s need to manage and support an ever-growing array of computing environments: on-premises, hybrid cloud, and multicloud. As companies deploy on the cloud, in containers, and deploy microservices, the scale and complexity of processing and analyzing data for typical IT operations tasks including performance monitoring, problem troubleshooting, and capacity planning become unmanageable. Applying advancements in artificial intelligence / machine learning and analytics enable prescriptive insight and answers in real-time to avoid incidents or resolve them faster. This led to the inception of the Oracle Cloud Observability and Management Platform (O&M), a cloud-native set of services designed and built to help companies observe, manage, and gain deeper insights into their environments. Whether you use Oracle Enterprise Manager or Oracle O&M, you can achieve higher automation, better service levels, reduced complexity, and lower costs. For most customers, the sweet spot is somewhere in the middle – leverage Oracle Enterprise Manager for deep monitoring and management of Oracle Databases deployed in the cloud or on-premises while leveraging Oracle O&M for its cloud-native AIOps and stack capabilities for development, AIOps, SRE, and other use cases.

Oracle enterprise and cloud manageability strategy
Figure 1: Oracle enterprise and cloud manageability strategy

 

Today, most of you are already grappling with applications and IT assets spread across multiple clouds as well as your own data centers. With Oracle doing its part, there is still room for guidance on how to plan your observability, monitoring and management capabilities. This brings me to Omdia’s Universe for hybrid cloud and multicloud management. While many research firms provide guidance on different aspects of observability (e.g., application performance monitoring or log analysis), Omdia chose a different path with a deep analysis across a broad range of capabilities that make up the entire observability, monitoring, and management landscape. This is a great tool for evaluating your current capabilities and provides considerations for new capabilities needed in the future. The report also provides a vendor comparison across several key dimensions.

Omdia Universe for Hybrid Cloud and Multicloud Management Solutions 2022-23

When Roy Illsley of Omdia Research invited us to participate in his analysis, we thought it was a good opportunity to see where we stood in terms of capability and customer adoption. Since the previous release of this report back in 2020, we have delivered a dozen new cloud services under the Oracle O&M umbrella, and we have delivered multiple releases of Oracle Enterprise Manager. 

Omdia has just released the 2022-23 refresh, and I am delighted to report that Oracle was ranked a leader.

Omdia quote: Oracle ranked leader in Omdia Universe
Figure 2: Oracle has been ranked a leader in Omdia Universe for hybrid cloud and multicloud management

Considering that Oracle was already a leader in the 2020-21 report, we started with a high bar. It is refreshing to read comments like:

“The customer reviews for Oracle are for the latest Gen 2 capabilities released in 2022, and these results show an improvement in customer feedback compared to the previous version.”

Key new features didn’t escape Roy’s attention:

“The new Gen 2 release of Oracle’s hybrid and multicloud management solution is built on a cloud-native platform that brings together all telemetry, traces, metrics, and logs for analysis and visualization.”

There was also the recognition of a key aspect of our strategy - the premise that an observability platform must be platform-agnostic to enable users to freely deploy and monitor their IT assets wherever they choose.

“It is based on open standards supporting third-party technology collection, so it can operate across environments.”

“The ability of Oracle Observability and Management to offer managed cloud services for Oracle Cloud, multicloud, and hybrid on-premises management is another significant capability, as CIOs looking to adopt managed services can select some or all of their environments.”

Figure 3 shows a summary of Omdia Universe for Hybrid Cloud and Multicloud Management Solutions report.

Omdia Universe for hybrid cloud and multicloud management solutions
Figure 3: Omdia Universe for hybrid cloud and multicloud management solutions, 2022-23

Scroll down to the Read More section for a link to the detailed analysis of Oracle’s solution.

The breadth of Oracle’s capabilities 

The Oracle solution received a high rating for breadth, including capabilities for managing hybrid cloud, multicloud as well as on-premises environments. This is a direct result of Oracle’s strategy and approach. Oracle is quite unique in its approach. You have the choice to use EM on-premises or access Oracle O&M via 100% cloud-native services deployed on OCI. Customers who have used EM for 20+ years can still use the product for managing their environment as they onboard new apps and databases in the cloud. For those who come from a cloud-native background, Oracle O&M leverages our decades-long expertise in managing enterprise environments, coupled with what we have learned managing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure – now recognized as a leading hyper-scale cloud.

Further, EM and Oracle O&M are integrated to enable seamless monitoring data exchange across on-premises and the cloud for better operations insights, capacity planning, and business decisions. As we work on building the next major release of Oracle Enterprise Manager beyond 13.5, enhancements in this area will be introduced to enable better synergies and greater value no matter which solution is used to monitor and manage the environment.

Using Enterprise Manager data in OCI services
Figure 4: Overview of using Enterprise Manager data in OCI services

Oracle’s O&M services are deployed across over 40 cloud regions as of this writing. This includes 60+ countries where customers can deploy the services in their own private networks as Oracle Cloud@customer. Observability and management use cases are mostly about heavy-duty data collection and analytics. So, having data at close proximity is a big advantage. Not having to worry about the infrastructure needed to support the vast volume of logs and metrics that you need to analyze is another big plus.

Oracle provides a central data lake as part of the solution and can ingest data from any source. Once data is collected, curated machine learning takes over from time-consuming custom scripting. Through customizable dashboarding, you can build sophisticated dashboards based on business and IT metrics for your needs like this one, as described here.

Use Oracle-defined dashboards, extend them, or build your own customized dashboards
Figure 5: Use Oracle-defined dashboards, extend them, or build your own customized dashboards

The breadth of capability mentioned earlier comes in when you make monitoring work for both traditional environments and new cloud-native ones such as those built on Kubernetes and microservices.  Oracle’s solution works with Fluentd log formats, it supports OpenMetrics, and can ingest metrics in Prometheus format. If you have Oracle technology in your environment including Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Database, Oracle Exadata, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle E-Business Suite, all logs, metrics, traces, as well as topology relationships are automatically discovered and incorporated in the data lake for analysis. Facilities for economical storage of data over a long period enable keeping more data for analytics at a lower cost. You don’t pay for data egress charges. Unlike other cloud providers, there is no egress charge when bringing your data to OCI and no egress charge if you choose to take your data elsewhere.

OCI Observability and Management Platform advanced and foundational services
Figure 6: OCI Observability and Management Platform advanced and foundational services

Finally, a word about customer reactions. Roy’s discussions with Oracle customers revealed what’s top of mind for them. Here are what the survey respondents are saying:

  • Features and functions, followed by product quality, and product integration were the top reasons why survey takers selected Oracle for hybrid cloud and multicloud monitoring and management use cases
  • Rating the solutions, survey takers stated product features/functions, useability, and value for money were the top aspects of the solution
  • When asked whether they would recommend the solution, over 93% said they would

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Moe Fardoost

Senior Director of Product Management

Moe is a seasoned Information Technology professional who has extensive experience in every stage of software market, having had hands-on roles as a software developer, QA lead, ITOps and customer service manager, product marketer, and most recently, product management. Moe's passions are cloud observability and automation, fly fishing, and skiing.


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