Friday May 08, 2015

Vote for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Voting for the 2015 Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) Readers' Choice Awards is now open.

In last year's DBTA Readers’ Choice Awards, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c won two awards for "Best Database Administration Solution" and "Best Database Performance Solution."

This year Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c has been nominated again in the same two categories; Best Database Administration Solution and Best Database Performance Solution.

Be sure to cast a vote for your favorite management tool, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

The voting will close on May 22nd.

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Friday Mar 06, 2015

Oracle Database In-Memory Advisor

Recently, Oracle announced the general availability of the Oracle Database In-Memory Advisor—a new capability built into Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Tuning Pack. With this release, Oracle introduces new and extensive capabilities for managing Oracle Database In-Memory, an Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition option.

Oracle Database In-Memory can be used to improve queries on a variety of OLTP and/or data warehouse operations. The In-Memory Advisor helps to optimize performance with recommendations to run analytics processing faster. It gives customers insight into the sizing of the workload and offers actionable recommendations for running workloads at peak performance. The Advisor analyzes workloads and related objects making specific recommendations to which objects would give you the greatest benefit and performance if they were placed In-Memory.

Key Capabilities:

  • Assists with In-Memory size selection
  • Recommendations for tables, partitions and sub-partitions for a given In-Memory size
  • Uses workload and performance data to prioritize objects
  • Takes into account differences in disk and memory footprint, as well as compression ratios

Actionable Recommendations

  • Workload based cost/benefit analysis
    • Cost: Offers estimated memory size with various compression options
    • Benefit: Offers estimated database time reduction metrics for workload processing
  • In-memory area population plan

Reporting

  • Ability to vary In-Memory size to receive specific loading plan
  • Generates DDL scripts with all the tables/partitions/sub-partitions recommended
  • Top SQL benefits from any given configuration

For more information, visit the Oracle Database In-Memory Advisor page on the Oracle Technology Network. You can download the In-Memory Advisor, via MOS note 1965343.1.


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Thursday Jan 15, 2015

IOUG eBrief: News for the Oracle Enterprise Manager User Community

IOUG eBrief: January Edition Now Available

Check out January's issue of the IOUG eBrief featuring all the latest news and highlights from IOUG and the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Special Interest Group (SIG).

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Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

New Enterprise Manager Release Delivers Adaptive Private PaaS

We are pleased to announce an update to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4. The update is now available on OTN.

So what exactly is adaptive private PaaS?

Recent releases of Enterprise Manager have expanded capabilities around Platform as a Service (PaaS) delivery in your private cloud. In particular, the EM Cloud Management Packs have focused on two critical areas for Oracle customers: Database as a Service (DBaaS) and Middleware as a Service (MWaaS).

In this release, these PaaS capabilities have become more adaptive to complex, rapidly growing environments. Let's look at 3 areas where database and middleware users and managers will benefit.

Controlling Expanding Database as a Service Environments

Rapid adoption of database as a service can lead to even faster growth in the number of database instances and the number of database versions and configurations. This can severely impact your management costs and could even cripple your database as a service initiative. The new release enhances our solution to this problem:
  • Configuration standardization with integrated advisory, to detect differences across databases and eliminate configuration drift
  • Database fleet patching using minimum downtime techniques, to bring database configurations back into compliance
  • Rules for custom placement, to intelligently find a suitable target for database placement, based on current load, current population and placement constraints

A database as a service approach can improve service to database users while simultaneously reducing database management costs. 

Developing More Rapidly, with Increased Security

Agile application development and testing requires convenient access to up-to-date test data. The Enterprise Manager Snap Clone feature gives DBAs, developers and QA engineers direct access to self-service cloning, so they can create fully functional copies of production databases within minutes. This release introduces several exciting new Snap Clone capabilities:
  • Continuous data refresh from the source database. As your production system gets updated, you can continuously refresh your test data.
  • Integrated data masking, subsetting and patching. Use the Enterprise Manager Data Masking and Subsetting Pack together with Snap Clone to keep your test databases lean and free of sensitive information, and keep them up to date with the latest PSUs and patch sets.
  • Restore a database to a previous point in time with a convenient calendar view.
  • Snap Clone support on EMC VMAX and VNX Block Storage. This adds to Snap Clone's native support for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance and NetApp Storage Appliance in addition to generic support of other storage systems.
Software developers can also take advantage of new test-to-production (and reverse) cloning of SOA, OSB and WebCenter environments with application artifacts automation.

Flexible APaaS Service Catalogs

If you're providing middleware (e.g. an application platform) as a service to application developers, you now have additional ways to adapt these services to developers' needs.
  • More APaaS catalog options. In addition to Java apps and WebLogic Server, you can offer SOA, OSB and WebCenter in your self-service portal for easy, template-based provisioning.
  • Updated REST API support for new service catalog options, for easy integration with 3rd party orchestration tools and service desks.
  • Sharing of service instances among self-service users, for an efficient, consolidated platform on which to provision middleware services.
For a more comprehensive list of updates, please visit Database as a Service and Middleware as a Service on OTN. In addition, we will post several articles about the new DBaaS and MWaaS capabilities on this blog over the next few weeks.

Thursday Dec 18, 2014

IDEXX Uses Oracle Enterprise Manager for Monitoring and Provisioning

Check out the latest SearchOracle article featuring Brett Curtis, System Administrator from IDEXX Laboratories. Read how Brett outlines how IDEXX is benefiting from using Oracle Enterprise Manager to not only monitor both middleware and database systems, but use it for provisioning as well.

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Thursday Oct 23, 2014

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c: In-Depth Newsletter Now Available

The latest issue of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c newsletter is out. Read all about the latest news and information around the award winning Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c solution. This month's edition features the Oracle Application Users Group (OAUG) survey results, new study on middleware management cost reduction, and the latest details on Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL Database plug-in.

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Sunday Sep 28, 2014

Oracle Announces Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL Database

To help customers simplify management of complex IT environments, Oracle is extending Oracle Enterprise Manager capabilities to MySQL databases. With this new offering, customers can manage deployments of MySQL, either on-premises or in a cloud. Existing users of Oracle Enterprise Manager can now easily add MySQL to their environments. With this capability, customers can manage their applications and technology stack, including web and departmental applications that rely on MySQL, all from a single console.

With Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL Database, customers can benefit from:

  • Auto-discovery of MySQL targets
  • Availability monitoring
  • Configuration and metrics collection
  • Performance dashboards
  • Configurable thresholds

Watch the Demo:

MySQL Enterprise Edition customers can download Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL Database, Release 5.5 and higher, which is available on Oracle Linux and other Linux distributions, Microsoft Windows, and Oracle Solaris. Watch the demo for more details.


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Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Wins 2 DBTA Readers’ Choice Awards

In the first annual 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards, Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) magazine announced that Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c has won two awards for "Best Database Administration Solution" and "Best Database Performance Solution."

More than 22,000 votes were cast across 31 different database categories, from Best Relational Database to Best Database Appliance, DBTA called the contest a tight race and was "often neck and neck" between nominees.

"Oracle has a longstanding commitment to superior manageability for our products. Oracle Enterprise Manager's continued success and innovations in providing the leading solution for managing Oracle Database is a prime example of this commitment. These awards are a further testament to the importance customers place on Oracle Enterprise Manager." says Moe Fardoost, Senior Director, Product Marketing for Oracle Enterprise Manager.

You can see the complete list of winners here: Database Trends and Applications magazine—2014 Readers’ Choice Awards


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Friday Jun 06, 2014

Oracle Enterprise Manager Extensibility News - June 2014

Introducing Extensibility Exchange Version 2

On the heals of Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 this week comes version 2.0 of the Extensibility Exchange.  A new theme allows optimal viewing on a number of different computing devices from large monitor displays to tablets to smartphones.  

One of the first things you'll notice is a scrollable banner with the latest news related to Enterprise Manager and extensibility.  Along with the "slider" and the latest entries from Oracle and the Partner community, new features like a tag cloud and an auto-complete search box provide a better way to find the plug-in, connector or other Enterprise Manager entity you are looking for.  Once you find it, a content details page with specific info related to that particular entity will enable you to access it at the provider's site and also rate and comment on that particular item. You can also send an email from the content details page which is routed to the developer.   And if you want to use version 1 of the Extensibility Exchange instead, you will be able to do so via the "Classic" option. 

Check it out today at http://www.oracle.com/goto/emextensibility.

Recent Additions from Oracle's Partner Community

A number of important 3rd party plug-ins have been contributed by Oracle's partner community, which can be accessed via the Extensibility Exchange or by clicking the links in this blog:

You can also check out the following best practices and labs available via the Exchange:


Tuesday Jun 03, 2014

Oracle Delivers Latest Release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Richer Service Catalog for Database and Middleware as a Service; Enhanced Database and Middleware Management Help Drive Enterprise-Scale Private Cloud Adoption

News Summary
IT organizations are adopting private clouds as a stepping-stone to business-driven, self-service IT. Successful implementations hinge on the ability to efficiently deploy and manage cloud services at enterprise scale. Having a complete cloud management solution integrated with an enterprise-class technology stack is a fundamental requirement for IT. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 meets that requirement by helping businesses become more agile and responsive, while reducing cost, complexity, and risk.

News Facts

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4, available today, lets organizations rapidly adopt Oracle-based, enterprise-scale private clouds.
  • New capabilities provide advanced technology stack management, secure database administration, and enterprise service governance, enabling Oracle customers and partners to maximize database and application performance and drive innovation using self-service IT platforms.
  • The enhancements have been driven by customers and the growing Oracle Enterprise Manager Ecosystem, comprised of more than 750 Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized partners. Oracle and its partners and customers have built over 140 plug-ins and connectors for Oracle Enterprise Manager.
  • Watch the video highlights.

Automation for Broader Cloud Services

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 4 allows for a rapid enterprise-wide adoption of database, middleware and infrastructure services in the private cloud, driven by an enhanced API-enabled service catalog.
  • The release features “push button” style provisioning of complete environments such as SOA and Oracle Active Data Guard, and fast data cloning that enables rapid deployment and testing of enterprise applications.
  • Out-of-the-box capabilities to detect data and configuration vulnerabilities provide enhanced cloud service governance along with greater operational control through a flexible and extensible showback mechanism.

Enhanced Database Management

  • A new performance warehouse enables predictive database diagnostics and trend analysis and helps identify database problems before they occur.
  • New enterprise data-governance capabilities enhance security by helping systematically discover and protect sensitive data.
  • Step-by-step orchestration of upgrades with the ability to rollback changes enables faster adoption of Oracle Database 12c.

Expanded Fusion Middleware Management

  • A new consolidated view of Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c deployments with a guided management capability lets administrators apply best management practices to diverse middleware environments and identify performance issues quickly.
  • A Java VM Diagnostics as a Service feature allows governed access to diagnostics data for IT workers across multiple disciplines for accelerated DevOps resolutions of defects and performance optimization.
  • New automated provisioning for SOA lets middleware administrators perform mass SOA provisioning with ease.

Superior Enterprise-Grade Management

  • Private roles and preferred credentials have been added to Oracle Enterprise Manager to provide additional fine-grained security for organizations with complex access control requirements.
  • A new security console provides a single point of control for managing the security of Oracle Enterprise Manager environments.
  • Support for the latest industry standard SNMP v3 protocol, including encryption, enables more secure heterogeneous management.
  • “Smart monitoring” adapts to observed environmental changes and adds self-management capabilities to help Oracle Enterprise Manager run at peak performance, while demanding less IT supervision.

Supporting Quotes

  • “Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a strong tradition of technology breakthroughs and leadership. As a member of Oracle’s Customer Advisory Board for Oracle Enterprise Manager, we have consistently provided feedback and guidance in the areas of enterprise-scale cloud, self-diagnosability, and secure administration for the product,” said Tim Frazier, CIO, NIF and Photon Sciences, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “We intend to take advantage of the Release 4 features that support enterprise-scale availability and fine-grained security capabilities for private cloud deployments.”
  • “IDC's most recent CloudTrack survey shows that most enterprises plan to adopt hybrid cloud architectures over the next three years,” said Mary Johnston Turner, Research Vice President, Enterprise System Management Software, IDC. “These organizations plan to deploy a wide range of workloads into cloud environments including mission critical database and middleware services that require high levels of fault tolerance and disaster recovery. Such capabilities were traditionally custom configured for each application but cloud offers the possibility to incorporate such properties within the service definition, enabling organizations to adopt cloud without compromise. With the latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, Oracle is providing customers with an out-of-the-box experience for delivering highly-resilient cloud services for databases and applications.”
  • “Since its inception, Oracle has been leading the way in innovative, scalable and high performance solutions for the enterprise. With this release of Oracle Enterprise Manager, we are extending this leadership by providing enterprise-scale capabilities for planning, delivering, and managing private clouds. We call this ‘zero-to-cloud – accelerated.’ These enhancements help our customers to expedite their adoption of cloud computing and prepares them for the next generation of self-service IT,” said Prakash Ramamurthy, senior vice president of Systems and Cloud Management at Oracle.

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Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Call for Proposals is now open!

It's that time of year again...the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Call for Proposals is now open!

Information about the OpenWorld 2014 Call for Proposals is available at the following URL:

http://www.oracle.com/openworld/call-for-papers/index.html

We are told the Call for Proposals will remain open from March 18th until April 15th, 2014.   

We've got a tough act to follow this year for OpenWorld 2014, because last year at OpenWorld 2013, we shattered all previous records for customer and partner participation in Oracle Enterprise Manager activities.  We were thrilled to showcase such a diverse set of customer case studies, best practices and expert advice across a wide variety of Oracle Enterprise Manager disciplines.  A few of last year's highlights are captured in earlier editions of this blog, but there were many, many more:

We take the opportunity to showcase our customers and partners very seriously, and encourage both experienced and new presenters to participate.  We promise to review all submissions carefully.  

Please take this opportunity to make OpenWorld 2014 an even better event for you and for Oracle Enterprise Manager by submitting your proposal before April 15.

Thanks in advance for your creativity and enthusiasm.  We look forward to reading your proposals.

 

Wednesday Jan 15, 2014

Oracle Enterprise Manager Snap Clone Webcast Replay and Slides

Thank you to all who attended our webcast on Enterprise Manager 12c Snap Clone last month. In this webcast, we talked about how EM12c Snap Clone can help:

  • Leverage storage copy-on-write technologies for rapid provisioning
  • Integrate cloning with other Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Lifecycle Management features, such as data masking and sub-setting
  • “Time travel” across multiple database snapshots to restore and access past data
  • Reduced administrative overhead from integrated lifecycle management

 For those who missed this webcast, the replay is available here and the slides have been uploaded to slideshare.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions on Snap Clone or Database as a Service.

- Adeesh Fulay (@adeeshf)


Tuesday Dec 03, 2013

Oracle Enterprise Manager Partner Plug-in News

Much is happening in the area of managing 3rd party solutions with plug-ins provided by a growing list of technology and solution partners. Heterogeneity in the data center is a fact of life.  With a plug-in for Enterprise Manager, a customer can leverage its existing investment in a non-Oracle solution and enable it to work better with Oracle technology and applications, all through Enterprise Manager extensibility.  Generally available 3rd party plug-ins are available for download via the Oracle Enterprise Manager Extensibility Exchange located at www.oracle.com/goto/emextensibility

Here are just a few recent news-bits:

Oracle MwaaS / DBaaS capabilities with VMware based infrastructures now supported

Blue Medora has released the latest revision of its flagship Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c (EM12c) plugin for VMware that adds VMware-base virtualization infrastructures for Oracle EM12c’s MwaaS and DBaaS capabilities. This latest release of the Blue Medora EM12c plugin for VMware extends Oracle EM12c by seamlessly making available your VMware-base virtualization infrastructure, along with all the benefits on running on VMware, into Oracle’s MwaaS / DBaaS capability. Check out this Blue Medora blog and Press Release for more details.

Enhanced features for NetApp’s Enterprise Manager 12c Plug-in allows customers to centrally manage data across private, public and hybrid clouds

With new updates to the NetApp Storage System Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, customers can monitor NetApp storage based on clustered Data ONTAP in a private or public cloud environment from a single user interface. With the integration between NetApp FlexClone and Oracle Enterprise Manager’s Database as a Service solution, customers can setup, deploy, and retire databases on the fly with little effort and minimal overhead using a self-service model. Customers can also create Snapshot copies of their databases and restore them instantaneously from the self-service portal. Learn more about the updated plug-in at the NetApp company news site.

Dell demonstrates its integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager so customers can manage the full infrastructure from one management console

In addition to the official Dell Press Release which describes the plug-in for Dell OpenManage, check out Enterprise Manager being cited in Michael Dell's Oracle OpenWorld 2013 key note (time stamp at 35:15) as well as the this YouTube demo.

On heals of VMAX Plug-In, EMC rolls out VNX Plug-in for Enterprise Manager

EMC’s VNX Plug-in was released a few weeks ago, and is available for download at the EMC Community site located here (requires free community account to access). The VMAX Plug-in, which was released this last Summer, also appears to have gained quite a bit of traction. You can check out this demo of the VMAX plug-in.  Also, Joe Tucci, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, EMC presented it at OOW 2013 EMC keynote (time stamp 23:00).

Thursday Jul 18, 2013

New EMC VMAX Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

EMC has just released its VMAX Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  EMC can now deliver availability, performance, and configuration information for EMC VMAX Storage Arrays by combining its EMC VMAX system monitoring solution for Oracle systems with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.  Oracle and EMC hope that customers can can now reduce the complexity of managing and cost of applications that rely on EMC Symmetrix VMAX systems and Oracle technologies.  With this Plug-in, application administrators can consolidate all the monitoring information in Oracle Enterprise Manager, and perform root cause analysis. Storage and database administrators can perform proactive monitoring of EMC VMAX systems, identify the impact of storage performance problems on end user services, and better align their efforts with the business needs.


The EMC VMAX Storage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c automatically collects a comprehensive set of availability and performance metrics enabling the administrators to quickly review the issues according to their specific operational requirements.  The 12c Plug-in also collects configuration information about the Symmetrix VMAX storage systems that allows storage administrators and Oracle database administrators to compare product and disk information for different storage controllers. This capability provides a common view of database to Symmetrix VMAX storage systems at a glance using the power of Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

EMC VMAX Storage Plug-in enables the following for your Oracle and VMAX environments:
    •    Single pane of glass into EMC storage capacity and performance for the DBA
    •    View the layout of the host file systems on the storage devices
    •    Display the overall configuration sketch of the VMAX Array, the Front-end and Disk directors
    •    Review the storage performance as it relates to time of day
    •    Review IOPS for reads, writes or investigate KBs writes and reads as it relates to your Oracle database storage

The Plug-in is now accessible via the Extensibility Exhange, where it can be downloaded and also see a good demo about what it does, how it works and how to install it.

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